Once upon a time rapper YG was on his Latarian Milton sh*t, doing hoodrat things with his friends. The 24-year-old Compton California native born Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson left a sizable footprint in the rap music landscape with his debut album, “My Krazy Life.” Thanks to hit records like “Toot It and Boot It,” “Who Do You Love?” and “My N*gga” his album on CTE World/Def Jam landed at an impressive number two on Billboard’s Top 200 in its opening week. But the success almost didn’t happen.
A member of the Tree Top PiruBloods gang, YG was arrested for burglarizing homes just as his street singles were earning him buzz. His mugshot is recreated for the “My Krazy Life” album cover.
“Where I’m from that’s what the teenagers up to the mid twenties is doin out there…they flockin. That’s big in the culture. They burglarizing houses,” he explains of his illegal past illustrated on tracks like “Meet The Flockers.”
“I went to jail for residential burglary and when I got out three months later I got signed. [But] I was supposed to get two years in the pen,” he reveals. “If I had gotten the two years I wouldn’t have got signed to Def Jam. What I had in the streets would have died down probably. I didn’t get two years because this girl I used to go to H.S. with, her mama found out my case was out of her court where she worked. So on the last day when me and the homies were going to go in, she wrote the judge a letter saying we were good kids. So the judge gave us six months in the county with a strike. So I ended up doing three months and some change off of that six. I got out early and signed three months after that.”
But even with that stroke of good fortune, YG couldn’t celebrate just yet. A week before he was to be released the District Attorney made one last attempt to keep him in a jumpsuit.
Watch our exclusive interview to see why YG is grateful to be living out his dreams.
Photo Highlights: President Obama Chicago Farewell Speech
President Barack Obama makes his final farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago. Arriving at O'hare airport on Airforce One Tuesday, early evening was First Lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden along with wife, Jill Biden.
Making a final journey as the 44th President of the United States, expressways and local South Side streets were cleared as traffic stood at a complete when the 20-vehicle caravan made its way to Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. There, President Obama conducted a one-on-one interview with NBC anchorman, Lester Holt before proceeding to give his farewell speech at McCormick Place.
Nearly 20,000 attendees packed the nearly standing-room only space in the East wing of the McCormick Place as VIP attendees sat upfront to hang onto the President's every word. There were various groups that traveled from far and near to be a part of history including celebrity sightings from Sharon Stone to Empire's Jussie Smollett--local and state dignitaries. Opening up the ceremony was a special performance by Hip hop/R&B singer, BJ the Chicago Kid showcasing belting out the national anthem is a smart blue suit.
Once President Obama hit the stage, the electric energy of emotions ran throughout the audience. At times, the crowd's applause was so loud that it impossible to hear him but there were moments that silence rippled throughout the venue--knowing this would be his last time addressing his hometown as Chief of Staff.
In his signature style of class, poise and honor--he addressed the various strides that he and his administration has made over the last eight years in protecting America's democracy. His emotions got the best of him when he addressed his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia who sat in the front row along with Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill and his mother-in-law--Marian Shields Robinson.
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.”</span></p>
<p class="p1">After the speech, the Obama family took time out to walk along the barricades, greeting and shaking hands with supporters and friends. The scene was definitely historic and we knew it was the end of an era of class that will not be duplicated in the White House for a very long time.</p>
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