Bompton, Death Row, ratchet, gangsta
Did you listen to YG’s debut? Did you used to love Straight Outta Compton? Do you remember school busses full of white kids singing the words to “Gin and Juice”?
I did and it made me think: why the hell does what YG and DJ Mustard did on My Krazy Life sound so much like The Chronic? And The Doggfather? And All Eyez on Me?
And then it made me think: could this mean that over the last 20 years, life for men in Compton has not significantly changed?
So I poked around. I talked to some people. I found some stats. I listened to some records. And then I wrote a longreads piece on it for Radio.com. If you’d like to, READ IT HERE.