YG – 4REAL 4REAL
Released: 24 May 2019
YG delivers a strong Senior effort with the help of brothers DJ Mustard and Ty$.
4REAL 4REAL starts off strong, with the lax “Hard Bottoms & White Socks” intro, but unfortunately the album sags a bit from tracks #3 thru #6 with questionable lyrics on the uptempo “In The Dark”, a lazily unpleasing theme and collaboration on “Go Loko ft Tyga & Jon Z”, and a disappointing verse from Valee on “I Was On The Block“.
However, 4REAL 4 REAL rebounds at track #7 with “Keshia Had a Baby ft Rose Gold” and never looks back. Signature West Coast tracks like “Heart 2 Heart“, “Play Too Much ft SAFE”, and the LA-summertime reminiscent “Do Yo Dance” are what fans crave and where YG sounds the most comfortable.
The second half of 4REAL 4 REAL saves and carries the album, and gives listeners the YG & Mustard vibes we crave so much.
YG has come a long way since his “PK” and “Aim Me” days, and with four consecutive good albums – My Krazy Life, Still Brazy, Stay Dangerous, and 4REAL 4 REAL – plus a historic mixtape run that set the city ablaze, is it time to anoint YG as a West Coast regional legend?
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★★★★★: Best in show; pinnacle release from an all-time great artist.
★★★★1/2: Stellar example of genre; peak potential.
★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre.
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here.
★★1/2: Average; does little to establish the artist or maintain quality.
★★: Unexceptional; a few highlights but otherwise bland.
★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.
★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable.
1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism.