YG performing in 2015
|Birth name||Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson|
March 9, 1990 |
Compton, California, United States
|Genres||West coast hip hop|
In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz and Just Re'd Up 2, among others.
In June 2013, YG signed a deal to Young Jeezy's imprint CTE World. His 2013's single, "My Nigga" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, it has peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. He then released the singles "Left, Right" and "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake, leading up to the release of his debut studio album. His debut album, My Krazy Life, was released on March 18, 2014 by Pu$haz Ink, CTE World and Def Jam, and received critical acclaim and he released his second studio album Still Brazy on June 17, 2016 to critical acclaim.
2012–14: Signing with CTE World and My Krazy Life
In 2012, he announced his debut album, then titled I'm 4rm Bompton, would be exclusively produced by rapper Syla$. Later in June 2013, he revealed that Jeezy's record label CTE World would release the album. He was then featured on Yo Gotti's "Act Right" also featuring Jeezy. It would peak at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was then prominently featured on the CTE World mixtape, Boss Yo Life Up Gang in August 2013.
On September 4, 2013, YG revealed that his debut album would be released on November 19, 2013 via Def Jam Recordings and that he has changed the album title to My Krazy Life. He also revealed that Drake would be featured on a song titled "Who Do You Love?", produced by DJ Mustard. Shortly thereafter he released the album's lead single "My Nigga" featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy, also produced by DJ Mustard. The song has since peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On December 10, 2013, YG released the DJ Mustard-produced "Left, Right" as the album's second single. The following day, Def Jam announced that My Krazy Life would be released on March 18, 2014 and that "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake would be the album's next single. On February 18, 2014, YG revealed the cover artwork for his debut album My Krazy Life. The artwork features YG posing for a mugshot, with his name and album title detailed in the placard around his neck. It was released on March 18, 2014.
2016: Still Brazy
On June 24, 2015, in an interview with Billboard, YG revealed that his second studio album would be called Still Krazy and it would be released in 2016. On July 15, 2015, YG teased the first single for the album, "Twist My Fingaz" on Instagram. The same day, YG released the single, "Cash Money" featuring Krayzie Bone. The full version of "Twist My Fingaz" was released July 17, 2015. On December 12, 2015, he released the second single, titled "I Want a Benz" featuring rappers Nipsey Hussle and 50 Cent.
|Founder||Keenon "YG" Jackson, Dijon "DJ Mustard" McFarlane, Tyrone "Ty Dolla $ign" Griffin, Jr.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
YG came up with the idea for Pu$haz Ink on September 2, 2008 with friends Ace and PC. He later officially co-founded the record label with DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign. Originally the "label" was used as a promotional tool and a brand for YG and DJ Mustard's group of rap collaborators they had grown up with. Then as YG, Ty Dolla Sign and DJ Mustard grew in popularity, they decided to officially form a record label for Pushaz Ink, including rappers RJ, Reem Riches, Tee Cee, and Slim 400.
under the label
On June 12, 2015, YG was shot one time that created three separate wounds in the hip at a recording studio in Studio City, California. Authorities said that YG was "very uncooperative" when asked about the incident. His manager later revealed that his injuries were not life-threatening and said he was "fine" and recovering. He returned to the studio the next day.
|2012||We the Party||C.C.||Support role|
|Mac & Devin Go to High School||Student/Smoker||Cameo|
|2014||Blame It On the Streets||YG||Main role; also executive producer and writer|
Awards and nominations
|2014||"My Hitta"||Best Collaboration||Nominated|
|2014||"My Hitta"||Best Collabo, Duo or Group||Won|
|Track of the Year|
|Himself||Rookie of the Year||Nominated|
|"My Hitta"||Best Club Banger|
|"My Hitta" (Remix)||People's Champ Award|
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