YG is “4Real 4Real”
By Yonatan Derbew
“4Real 4Real” is YG’s fourth studio album and was released on May 24, 2019. One of the tracks “My Last Words” is YG’s speech that he gave at Nipsey Hussle’s service earlier this year: how much Hussle meant to him as a mentor and a friend. In this track, he reflects on his relationship with the late Hussle and how he helped him when he was a young rapper trying to make it big. This track is meant to show how influential Hussle was to YG and the type of person Hussle was not just to YG, but also to other rappers. This track is the only one in the album where YG actually talks about Nipsey directly, even though this album was dedicated in memory of Hussle.
The main purpose of the album is to commemorate Nipsey Hussle’s life. YG shows this in the way he raps as well. His general flow is known to be violent and disrupt the peace, but in this album, he is calmer, showing the effect that Hussle had on YG. That does not necessarily mean that his rapping in the album is clear and clean. This album does show growth on YG’s part in terms of his rapping, with it being more concise and focused than it usually is. One artist that helps contribute to this flow is Mustard. He compliments YG’s style and also makes his raps seem sharper. One such song is “Go Loko” which features Tyga and Jon Z. This track is structured well with all 3 artists delivering bars in successive order. The groove of this song is one that makes one feel good and breezy. Tyga repeats the words, “...go loco (go loco, go loco) María, María, María (go loco) / ...with the .44 (with the .44, with the .44) Yeah, yeah, slide, slide, fo').” Tyga has been known to rap light verses on catchy beats on tracks like this one. This message is different from the ones in his other tracks and keeps the album light while also honoring the memory of Nipsey Hussle.
“4Real 4Real” is an album that is meant to commemorate Nipsey Hussle and all that he has done for YG. Still, YG raps about various topics that are loosely related to each other. YG’s “My Last Words” track does a good job of remembering Hussle, but for the rest of the album YG keeps it upbeat. Although YG made this album to remember Hussle, he does so in a unique way: by doubling down on his rapping style and making them more polished and clean. YG’s album is called “4Real 4Real,” because it helps show YG’s real side and how he has evolved as a rapper.