The First 48: We Still Brazy

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Welcome back to The First 48. What’s the First 48? It is simply the first 48 thoughts that come to mind when listening to an album or mixtape for the first time. Consider it not quite a full review but more so a preview/quick summary piece. Just something light to give you an idea of whether or not you want to take that dive and give a project a chance.

Once again we’re back with another edition of The First 48. On tap for this edition is “The only one to make it out the west without Dre.” That’s right we get to take a look and enjoy YG’s Still Brazy album, the follow up to his major label, should’ve won a Grammy debut album. Without further ado here we go:

  • *looks at tracklist* Only household names are Drake, Wayne, & Nipsey. Should be interesting.
  • 17 tracks with a few skits/interlude. Shouldn’t be too long of a listen.
  • YG’s pops returns from the first album, which is a welcomed thing.
  • “Don’t Come to LA” has a menacing slow building beat that fits the warning that YG and friends are sending. Stay out their city.
  • “Who Shot Me” is YG asking out loud “who shot me”. It’s an interesting take on YG finally addressing that shooting that took place last year.
  • Two tracks in and we may have a much darker sounding album than his debut.
  • “Word Is Bond” sounds very similar to “Left, Right”. Mustard might be getting lazy or repetitive with his work.
  • For someone who brags about “making it out the west without Dre” “Twist My Fingaz” has that classic Dr. Dre G-Funk sound.
  • Ironically enough he raps about being the only one to make it out the west without Dre on a track that sounds like Dr. Dre did it. Not only that the pre-hook uses the same cadence as a song from a certain Dre protégé
  • Terrace Martin really is mad underrated as a producer. Being able to create Dre’s classic g-funk sound is not easy.
  • That comment about this album sounding more darker than YG’s last album? Yea disregard that. It’s that classic west sound to expect from Mustard and YG.
  • “Gimme Got Shot” is hilarious in a weird way. It’s also true. Stop asking for handouts.
  • I wonder how high Wayne was when he recorded his “I Got a Question” verse?
  • A little over half way thru and this is an enjoyable listen.
  • YG really understands that he can’t rap but can make good to great music.
  • Mustard or whoever is producing needs to expand his sound.
  • Drake seems real uninspired on “Why You Always Hatin”.
  • The beat also seems uninspired.
  • The production on this album has been so hit or miss. Which is sad considering YG is usually spot on with his beat choice.
  • “Bool, Balm, & Bollective” is, for those who aren’t aware that YG is a member of the gang known as the bloods, actually him cool, calm, collective.
  • YG somehow even manages to make story telling records into club sounding records.
  • “I ain’t touch her. I just stopped giving her dick.” Best line on the album so far.
  • Death to these skits at the end of songs. Death to them.
  • “Girl I’m gonna drop these bad ass kids off at they grandma house. She gonna watch them all weekend.” Choose thy mother of thy child wisely applies here.
  • “She Wish She Was” is a classic example of not judging a song by its title.
  • Definitely thought this was gonna be a song about a woman wanting to be YG’s old lady not about a chick wishing she was a dude and her being a hoe.
  • “Momma told you to value your coochie but you traded that head for a hooptie.”
  • I really don’t get why he chose to make “YG Be Safe” an interlude at four seconds long but will add an extra 30 seconds to a track for a skit. I blame that kid from Compton that made it out the west with help from Dre for this trend.
  • “Fell out with my day one. That was my ace to me.” Shot at DJ Mustard? YG still got some old feelings?
  • “Who Shot Me” is a better attempt at YG trying to figure out who shot him and what’s going in his life than “Still Brazy”
  • This intro at the beginning of “Fuck Donald Trump” can be directed at so many different people but yet it weirdly doesn’t completely fit Trump, that well.
  • “Reagan sold coke. Obama sold hope. Trump spent his trust fund money for the vote.”
  • “Fuck Donald Trump” is proof that some of the best hooks are the most simplistic ones.
  • “Am I tripping? I thought this Donald Trump shit was a joke.”
  • “And if your ass do win…Fuck you”. Points for honesty here.
  • I’m crying at the jokes they have cracked on Trump here.
  • Let me replay this one time.
  • Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure
  • YG tackling social issues is…. interesting.
  • Whoever Sad Boy he just came thru with one of the best verses on the album.
  • He also saved this song from being very dull and another instance of “good intention and bad execution”
  • The skit at the end of “Blacks & Browns” is chilling.
  • I appreciate YG being political but however sometimes it misses its intended target or just falls flat as a whole.
  • “Police Get Away with Murder” is a case where it doesn’t really miss and it doesn’t fall flat but it also doesn’t resonate as it should.
  • The outro on the track was perfect till YG went and made things relate back to him and about him.
  • YG must have lost his ear for beats or either Mustard really was picking those beats for him.
  • Production really held this album back.
  • To quote YG: “FUCK DONALD TRUMP”

There it is. The First 48 on YG’s sophomore effort. In a way he avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” but also he suffered from it. The overall lack of DJ Mustard on this album hurt it drastically. The lack of scene stealing or at least inspired performances from the two biggest guest stars on this album didn’t help matters either. Nonetheless this is YG being aware of his lane and staying in it for the most part. Yes, he attempted to widen his lane and the results are mixed. If you enjoy YG then this album is for you. I guess “the only one to make it out the west without Dre” can continue to make it.