YG - Still Brazy

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It's out and it's pretty great. Paranoid g-funk with live instrumentation--the album sounds amazing, especially those drums.

a poon shaped mule (voodoo chili), Sunday, 19 June 2016 01:13 (four years ago) link

still processing.

billstevejim, Sunday, 19 June 2016 02:34 (four years ago) link

Not v into this tbf.

moistest hoist (Spottie), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:25 (four years ago) link

i guess it could be interesting that he narrowed the focus of his sound while widening the focus of his lyrics but this mostly sounded like a retread to me & made me wonder if he stopped caring about writing hit songs or just lost the magic

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:42 (four years ago) link

there's def nothing v memorable here.

moistest hoist (Spottie), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:53 (four years ago) link

twist my fingaz is not a good single either. its just basically
but not nearly as good

idk all the production is like second rate battlecat/ant banks/quik

moistest hoist (Spottie), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:59 (four years ago) link


'an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record'

j., Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:21 (four years ago) link

this is an extremely exactingly alright album

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:53 (four years ago) link

ya this sounds ok and all but no good hooks or anything memorable moments really

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 23:40 (four years ago) link

some ppl seem to think its a classic

lag∞n, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 23:44 (four years ago) link


moistest hoist (Spottie), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

I wouldn't go far as to say it's a classic, but I'm definitely still digging it. I think the narrowed focus sharpens the songwriting, even thou GG it limits the radio potential of the tracks. Really though, I'm loving the production value, the way the snares clap, etc.

a poon shaped mule (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 01:03 (four years ago) link

loss of mustard is definitely felt, especially with the replacements sticking so much with that square-wave-synth sound but not the bouncy/wiggly echoes of g-funk in mustard's sound. on the whole the music doesn't seem pleasurable the way it did on the first album. functional and doesn't get in the way but less affecting/enticing.

on my first couple listens it seems interesting to compare the attitudes sustained on mkl vs this. there, esp with the help of the framing of the warning from his mom, the arrest near the end, there was sort of a wry self-awareness that gave the blend of realism/fatalism their tonality and accommodated more humor. but he always seemed pretty detached, not a big personality, so he registered more as an observer of his own life. even on the more paranoid-sounding numbers on mkl it seemed just like a fact to be accepted, more than the kind of thing that would generate widescreen or oppressive moodiness in the music. the new one seems more serious and flatter, but in a well proportioned way. the touches of attraction to hedonism are still there notionally in the music and some lyrics, but the affect seems more impassive overall, and even though the basic theme of a lot of the songs is critical (gimme, cheating women, donald trump etc.) the motives depicted for those judgments don't really feel personal, and he doesn't seem roused to passionate indignation or whatever, so much as he's just saying it like (he thinks) it is, which means calling out what should be called out. i think on the cheating women song, he says 'you should be ashamed', and that seems like a recurring note. it would be more traditional in the genre to project being unashamed, or to cause others shame through boasting about oneself in comparison (which there's a bit of), but his favored self-presentation is mostly framed in terms of not claiming to be anything he's not, so when he calls out it has a matter-of-fact sound to it - something that has to be said, because someone's doing wrong. (the germ of natural-law-style gender role rigidity in the cheating women song - 'trying to be men' - resonates with that, like the basic issue for him is things not being the way they're supposed to be, but he doesn't care so much to have an expansive idea of the way they should be, say in comparison to kendrick or ab-soul.)

j., Wednesday, 22 June 2016 01:29 (four years ago) link

im really into this. its still semi-mustard-y, with some brilliant beats, but its not really that distinct. so its kinda like a retread, but still weirdly satisfying. never really had great expectations for it, i kinda look to YG to simply tick a few particular trad-cum-nu-LA boxes, and it does do that, it just doesnt have any great standouts. doesnt do anything that special but doesnt do anything wrong either. still, it has various little surprises, both beats-wise, and lyrically, that make me want to listen to it far more than the new joey purp or meyhem lauren ones. its superbly, perfectly, decent. 7.5/10.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:19 (four years ago) link

i dont think its very mustard-y but im not sure mustard would have helped—his sound sticks around a little in the mainstream but is mostly over, and i think it would have made it feel more like a retread of the first

new one makes me wish i was listening to kurupt

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 21:46 (four years ago) link

yeah listening to this alb just made me go back and listen to the first few Mack 10 releases again.

moistest hoist (Spottie), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 21:55 (four years ago) link

Tbh I'm just a sucker for west coast classicism so this was always going to be up my street. And some of the modern reworks of old sample staples are so, so good. plus i find it hard to hate an album with that trump song.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

"Twist My Fingaz" is the best one but that song is from like a year ago.

billstevejim, Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:21 (four years ago) link

I'm surprised by how much I like it. Yeah, it's kinda just a west coast retread, with a few Mustard-ripoffs, I had no idea I needed that.

Frederik B, Thursday, 23 June 2016 08:47 (four years ago) link

surprised at the negative reaction itt, i mean i agree it's retready but it's still satisfying enough. he needs a slap for "she wish she was" though

the hallouminati (lex pretend), Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:06 (four years ago) link

"i got a question" bangs as hard as anything on MKL.

ANU (sisilafami), Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:19 (four years ago) link

i also like the title track and "police get away with murder"

billstevejim, Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:26 (four years ago) link

'an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record'

this is the most caramanica sentence ever maybe

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:44 (four years ago) link

lol ya

r|t|c, Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:20 (four years ago) link

i guess it could be interesting that he narrowed the focus of his sound while widening the focus of his lyrics but this mostly sounded like a retread to me & made me wonder if he stopped caring about writing hit songs or just lost the magic

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:42 Bookmark

yeah politicised back to basics and resentful barely-simmering ennui over fierce kendrick counteraction probably mightve been an arguable angle if the compton tourist industry didnt exist. this just feels like ygame more or less ultimately

great jdot post tho

r|t|c, Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:30 (four years ago) link


it's interesting how this review is p. trash but in the process manages to light upon lots of pertinent observations of the record

j., Monday, 4 July 2016 19:10 (four years ago) link

visuals for still brazy are good

Spottie, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:20 (four years ago) link

yup, dope song dope video ^^^

alpine static, Thursday, 14 July 2016 08:00 (four years ago) link


lag∞n, Thursday, 14 July 2016 13:12 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

anyone else see him last nite?

flopson, Friday, 29 July 2016 15:52 (four years ago) link

I enjoyed this in a kind of noncommittal way but it really suffers from the lack of Mustard, they were just such a good fit for one another. 'Bool, Balm & Bollective' and 'Police Get Away With Murder' are both fantastic. 'She Wish She Was' is completely gross though.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 July 2016 16:00 (four years ago) link

Dropped by, it looked like a jam-packed shit-show so I enjoyed the night elsewhere

fgti, Friday, 29 July 2016 17:34 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

red friday!

billstevejim, Friday, 25 November 2016 06:35 (four years ago) link

five months pass...


j., Tuesday, 9 May 2017 15:16 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

YG now has 2 different songs called "Fuck It Up." I hope he does more.


billstevejim, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 04:35 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

new album is not as focused as the last two, but still has about 7 or 8 standout trax

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 August 2018 16:22 (two years ago) link

i love it

brackEt, Saturday, 4 August 2018 13:48 (two years ago) link

if he makes a third straight great record, we gotta talk more seriously about YG's place in history

alpine static, Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:23 (two years ago) link

well now that i re-read that it sounds a bit lofty. but i mean...another one close to the quality of MKL and Brazy would be very impresive, is all i'm saying

alpine static, Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:47 (two years ago) link

this album feels very, 'ok' to me

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Sunday, 5 August 2018 01:09 (two years ago) link

I'm enjoying it a lot. Mustard mixing things up subtly here and there.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 5 August 2018 01:10 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...
one year passes...

This is great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 4 September 2020 16:39 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

just checked, Ice Cube's Death Certificate is still up with Black Korea

don't love this precedent

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:28 (one week ago) link

changed to "Bhinese neighborhoods"?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:05 (one week ago) link

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