Whether condemning cops on the ruthless “FTP” or bragging about wealth on the outsized “BIG BANK,” YG always comes correct and direct. The bluntness of his delivery lends itself well to deathly serious topics as much as minor personal gripes, making the Compton rapper one of the most relatable figures in the game today. Largely a respite from the bleak themes of 2020’s My Life 4Hunnid, his follow-up I GOT ISSUES captures a comparatively lighter side of his engaging essence while simultaneously grappling with the tougher lessons gleaned from his lifestyle. Not surprisingly, YG’s views on women and relationships past and present proves one of the album’s most reliable recurring motifs. From the embittered finger-pointing tell-alls of “No Love” to the stressed-out grievances of “Baby Momma,” he offers up scathing and remorseless accounts to justify his perspectives. Buoyed by a throwback Mary J. Blige interpolation, “Toxic” leads to explicit situations amid a gruff assessment of contemporary hookup culture, while “Sober” gets him reflective and romantic opposite Post Malone and Roddy Ricch. Elsewhere on the guest front, he taps quirky alt fave Cuco and Latin trap spitter Duki for “I Dance,” his latest in a run of team-ups with Spanish-language collaborators.

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