Two years after the release of YG’s sophomore album Still Brazy, the Compton rapper is back with Stay Dangerous featuring Jay 305, ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla Sign, Quavo, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and Mozzy.
YG announced the release of Stay Dangerous after performing his lead single “Big Bank” at the BET Awards in June. Posting a photo with Meek Mill, he wrote in the caption that the album would be out Aug. 3.
In anticipation of Stay Dangerous' release, YG appeared on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, where he discussed the inspiration behind the album's title.
"So stay dangerous, the word, the saying comes from the streets of LA. That’s just how we talk. That’s a part of the lingo. You know when you’re with your friends and you depart from your friends, you’ll tell them, 'Alright, bro, I’m going to see you later. Be safe.' You know what I’m saying?" he explained. "We don’t say that. We say 'Stay dangerous,' because being safe is like you’re playing defense. You’re waiting on something to happen, to move. No, we’re dangerous. We playing offense. When I came up with the concept stay dangerous, I was in the studio rapping on trap beats. Different type of beats. Like "HANDGUN" type of beats. While I was doing it, I’m like I’m about to name the album Stay Dangerous because what I’m doing is unexpected. People ain’t even expecting this and that’s a form of being dangerous."
Check out a clip of the interview, which will air Monday, below.
Leading up to Stay Dangerous’ release, YG donated $150,000 to GirlCodeLA, a startup aimed at helping young women become coders. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, YG said he hoped his donation could help the program "expand their reach" and continue breaking down gender biases in the tech industry.
You can stream the album over on Apple Music or below via Spotify.