Compton, Calif. is neck deep into a rap renaissance unlike any other city in recent memory. What was once a near-mythic city, violently detailed by guys who now hawk headphones and family comedy, Compton’s caught a second wind thanks to the rise of native MCs like YG and Kendrick Lamar.
While they both share a willingness to shed light their young lives here, their approaches are generally opposed; Kendrick eying the past with ambivalence, using it largely as fuel to enlighten his future; YG cherishing it, mining it and serving it up on the same foundation of car-bouncing beats and ferocious lyricism that put the CPT on the map in the first place.
His latest single “Twist My Fingaz” is that very approach distilled into its purest form. Produced by Terrace Martin (the guy behind much of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly), it’s got all the characteristics of classic west coast hip hop— a funked-out bass line, clap-heavy cruising tempo, and an attitude of proud nostalgia that’s all the more ballsy coming from a guy whose rise is so rooted in the landscape of today. In other words, it bangs.
Check it out below and catch YG when he comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre with J. Cole, Big Sean and Jeremih on August 16.