Best DJ Mustard Reunion: “Get Out Yo Feelins’”
Best Song: “One Time Comin’”
Best Feature: 21 Savage on “I Be On”

It’s only been six months since YG dropped his certified heater, pardon me, bertified heater of an album, Still Brazy, but the Compton rapper is back at it again with another collection of G-funk inflected bangers. It couldn’t have arrived at a better time either. Coming hot on the heels of one of the most consequential elections in American history, it’s a small comfort to get something new from the man who loudly proclaimed “Fuck Donald Trump.”

At only seven tracks and 22-minutes long, Red Friday is nowhere near as expansive or detailed as Still Brazy, but what it lacks in scope, it more than makes up for in agility. YG sounds as nimble as he ever has, hopping in on songs that hardly touch the 3:30 mark, making his point, and hopping back out again. This mixtape doesn’t carry anything as overtly political as “FDT,” but his tale of getting pulled over by the LAPD, “One Time Comin’,” sounds as thrilling and high stakes as anything he’s ever committed to tape. The reunion with DJ Mustard on “Get Out Yo Feelins’” is also a very welcome development. Let’s hope it portends to more collaborations to come. —Corbin Reiff

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