Stay Dangerous is the third album from West Coast loyalist YG, which triples down on the distinct likeness the Bompton rapper carved out for himself on his 2014 debut My Krazy Life and his 2016 standout Stay Brazy.
YG is a specialist who rarely leaves his lane, defined by his consistent sound—a modern take on ’90s G-funk—and idiosyncratic reality rap rooted in his close ties to the Bloods, made clear by his obsession with the color red and avoidance of the letter ‘C’.
The production alone stands out in the current rap field, and YG’s off-kilter cadence doesn’t fail to remain interesting this time around, especially when broken up by A-list verses from A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and Quavo.
While Stay Dangerous is a less fun affair than the in-your-face party that was Stay Brazy, it’s a sharp and vivid LP with some high-caliber features.
Ryan is a writer, editor and vinyl collector currently based in Los Angeles. He started Mini Music Critic in 2017.