YG

Red Friday

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On Black Friday 2016, five months after he released Still Brazy -- his second Top Ten album -- YG returned with this EP-length commercial mixtape issued by Def Jam. It begins, somewhat oddly, with the announcement that the third volume of his Just Re'd Up mixtape series is on deck. After that, an aggressive sequel to "I'm a Thug" snaps into action with YG in unapologetic and celebratory form: "Now I got that money, everybody love me." That's a standout, as is "I Be On," a low-profile DJ Swish production with an appearance from 21 Savage. A third highlight is "One Time Comin'," a protest track that targets antagonistic authority, serving the same placement and purpose as the finale of Still Brazy. YG and DJ Mustard re-connect on "Get Out Yo Feelin's" and "Down Bitch," though neither one is a highlight.

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