Two years after the arrival of YG’s sophomore collection, Still Brazy, the Compton rapper is back with Stay Dangerous featuring Jay 305, ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla Sign, Quavo, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and Mozzy.
YG reported the arrival of Stay Dangerous in the wake of releasing his lead single “Big Bank” at the BET Awards in June. Posting a photograph with Meek Mill, he wrote in the caption that the collection would be out Aug. 3.
He dropped “Suu Whoop” and “Handgun” as singles for the 15-track exertion, and hosted a listening party on a yacht in San Francisco and at The Anthony in New York City. Stay Dangerous remains reliable with the tone of his past album, adhering to the hard, West Coast sound he’s been known to do. He reunites with DJ Mustard on “Big Bank” and “Power,” showcasing their melodic bond.
“Deeper Than Rap” is a tune that’ll be analyzed among rap fans, as YG manages some imperative points: fame, parenthood, and emotional well-being. “They told me to talk to a therapist and I did/But that don’t change the crazy shit that I do, did, and live,” he raps. The following track, “Free the Homies Interlude,” features a message from Big TC, who is Ty Dolla Sign’s brother and is currently incarcerated on a life sentence for murder.
In anticipation of Stay Dangerous’ release, YG appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, where he discussed the inspiration behind the album’s title.
“So stay dangerous, the word, the saying comes from the streets of LA. That’s just how we talk. That’s a part of the lingo. You know when you’re with your friends and you depart from your friends, you’ll tell them, ‘Alright, bro, I’m going to see you later. Be safe.’ You know what I’m saying?” he explained. “We don’t say that. We say ‘Stay dangerous,’ because being safe is like you’re playing defense. You’re waiting on something to happen, to move. No, we’re dangerous. We playing offense. When I came up with the concept stay dangerous, I was in the studio rapping on trap beats. Different type of beats. Like “HANDGUN” type of beats. While I was doing it, I’m like I’m about to name the album Stay Dangerous because what I’m doing is unexpected. People ain’t even expecting this and that’s a form of being dangerous.”