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Rapper YG is happy to have career off to a good start

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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YG says that things are "going good" for his career, so far.

And that's certainly an understatement.

The rapper from Los Angeles' Compton neighborhood started releasing buzz-making mixtapes in 2008, all leading up to his debut album, "My Krazy Life," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Rap and R&B charts in March. YG (real name Keenon Jackson) says he's "surprised" by the success but credits it to keeping his rhymes real about a life spent hustling -- and even incarcerated at one point for parole violation.

"I'm telling life stories; that's what albums are supposed to be about," explains YG, 24, who's signed to Young Jeezy's CTE World label. "Some people have an album about some fake (stuff) they didn't do or never will, talk about Rolls Royces and (stuff) they've never had, all these chains and (stuff). I'm talking about real-life experiences, you feel me? I'm talking about things they way they really happened."

YG doesn't hesitate to give credit to DJ Mustard (Dijon McFarlane), who co-executive produced "My Krazy Life" and co-wrote nine of its 14 tracks, including the singles "My Nigga" and "Who Do You Love?"

"We met through a mutual friend in '08," YG recalls. "He helped me with my first mixtape ('4Fingaz') and we just linked up and then he started living with me and became a real close homie. He knows what I do best, I know what he does best. I know how to get that out of him and he knows how to get that out of me.

"It's my name on it, but it's our music most of the time."

YG, Doughboyz Ca$hout, Sheefy McFly and Maserati Mike perform Friday, May 2, at the Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 832-0999 or visit www.thegardentheaterdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thegardentheaterdetroit.com

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