YG on Shooting: 'That Was Some Somebody-Was-Really-Coming-to-Get-Me Type Sh-t'

YG, Fader

YG on the cover of Fader.

West Coast wordsmith YG flaunts a Virgin Mary tattoo covering his entire scalp for the December issue of Fader. The "Twist My Fingaz" rapper gets candid about gang culture in L.A., his near-fatal June 12 shooting, and offers some details about his upcoming sophomore album, Still Krazy

Growing up in Compton, he reflected on his rough upbringing. “Our culture is gangbang shit. So as a kid, this all we see," he said. "Mamas and them trying to keep us away from it -- my mama was -- but some homies’ mamas was [banging]. They all from the same hood. So you seeing this shit as a little kid. It’s scary. It’s the shit your people don’t want you to do.”

YG Speaks Out for First Time Since Being Shot: 'I'm Hard to Kill' (Exclusive)

YG knows scary, even to this day. After getting shot in the hip following a recording session in Studio City, he revisits the scene of the crime but doesn't shine a spotlight on the yet-to-be identified suspects in the shooting.

“That was some inside type, somebody-was-really-coming-to-get-me type shit,” he said. “It was like n---as knew where we was at, and they was coming to do what they was supposed to do.”

"We ain’t gon’ speak on ‘em, we ain’t go give ‘em no fame," he continues. "I ain’t gon’ shed no light on they careers, or they life, or whatever the fuck they doing. I feel like this: Los Angeles County is sick right now. It’s bad. Everybody mad out here right now. All the young motherfuckers, they getting money, they motivated. We had something to do with that because we came up. It brought opportunity for motherfuckers and shed more light on the West Coast. The music shit start popping again out here. We got strip clubs now, you feel me? It’s a lot of motherfuckers doing music now. It’s a lot of females becoming models and shit now. We got something to do with that. But at the same time, it’s a lot of motherfuckers that’s mad because they see what I’m doing, and they want my spot so bad."

YG Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

On the bright side, YG has big plans for himself in the future. The follow-up to his 2014 release My Krazy Life -- which debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums chart last March -- carries a hit-making roster of producers from Metro Boomin' to Terrace Martin. There is also a track co-starring 50 Cent and Nipsey Hussle. On the Still Krazy LP, expect YG to dig deep into personal territory with a track about his daughter, Harmony, and cover hot button topics like police brutality and the shooting.

Read YG's full cover story here


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