YG Bangs On Wax With DJ Quik, Mack 10 & Tha Relativez’ Big Wy (Audio)
YG’s My Krazy Life, in many ways, feels like a mid-1990s Gangsta Rap album. The CTE/Def Jam Records experience (which YG felt was Grammy-snubbed), combines strong Compton neighborhood talk with storytelling, sex-centric tracks, and honest revelations of an early twenty-something just trying to live.
“Bicken Back Bein Bool” is one of the former examples. In spelling alone, the song touts YG’s gang ties and shows colors. Thus, for the remix, YG looked to the mid-’90s legends, who were among the first to claim sets on record. DJ Quik’s 1995 third album, Safe + Sound, was a benchmark album in Gangsta Rap, while Mack 10’s role in Westside Connection helped display the Priority Records platinum super-group as a trio built around opposing gangs and sets, alongside WC and Ice Cube. The last artist, Big Wy, may be lesser know. Like Mack, Wy hails from Inglewood, California, and worked extensively on the Bangin’ On Wax albums of the early 1990s by Bloods & Crips. Later on, Wy would bring these elements to the Murder Was The Case soundtrack (with Young Soldierz), and on a series of Death Row Records compilations as Tha Relativez. More recently, Wy discovered and mentored Cali Swag District.
More than just bandana-brandishing, this remix honors a powerful part of Gangsta Rap history, which is something YG is getting accolades for.