YG, sporting his fresh new scalp tattoo, covers Fader's 101th issue and details some of his recent tribulations in an extensive interview. Speaking about his supposed fallout with longtime collaborator DJ Mustard, YG brushed off the rumors, saying, "That’s how it be sometimes when niggas is, like, homies and business. We solid. We A1."
As for the in-studio shooting that nearly hit a main artery near his groin in June, the My Krazy Life rapper pegged it as an "inside" job. "That was some inside type, somebody-was-really-coming-to-get-me type shit,” he told the magazine. “It was like niggas knew where we was at, and they was coming to do what they was supposed to do.” He added, "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 the because we camp up. It brought opportunity for motherfuckers and shed more light on the West Coast. The music shit start popping again out here...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 Im doing, and they want my spot so bad."
Elsewhere, YG and company open up about his planned sophomore album, Still Krazy. "YG went through an incredible maturation process as an artist in the years between 'Toot It' and 'My Hitta,'" said Steve Bartels, Def Jam CEO. "The YG that emerged from that process was a fully formed album artist, with perspective and strong music. I can already tell that the new music will continue the pantheon of what has begun."
Read the full Fader feature here.