Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, (born March 9, 1990), better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper from Bompton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It", featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz and Just Re'd Up 2 among others.
In June 2013, YG signed to Young Jeezy's CTE World. His 2013 single "My Nigga" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan has peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. He then released the singles "Left, Right" and "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake leading up to the release of his debut studio album. His debut album, My Brazy Life was released on March 18, 2014, by Pu$haz Ink, CTE World and Def Jam received critical acclaim.
2012–13: Signing with CTE World
In 2012, he announced his debut album, then titled I'm 4rm Bompton, would be exclusively produced by rapper syla$. Later in June 2013, he revealed that Jeezy's record label CTE World would release the album. An Official remix video featuring 50 cent, Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign was released via BLKDMNDS YouTube channe l and site. Receiving over 17 million views on BLKDMNDS. He was then featured on Yo Gotti's "Act Right" also featuring Jeezy. It would peak at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was then prominently featured on the CTE World mixtape, Boss Yo Life Up Gang in August 2013.
2013–present: My Krazy Life
On September 4, 2013, YG revealed that his debut album would be released on November 19, 2013 via Def Jam Recordings and that he has changed the album title to My Krazy Life. He also revealed that Drake would be featured on a song titled "Who Do You Love?", produced by DJ Mustard. Shortly thereafter he released the album's lead single "My Nigga" featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy, also produced by DJ Mustard. The song has since peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On December 10, 2013, YG released the DJ Mustard-produced "Left, Right" as the album's second single. The following day, Def Jam announced that My Krazy Life would be released on March 18, 2014 and that "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake would be the album's next single. On February 18, 2014, YG revealed the cover artwork for his debut album My Krazy Life. The artwork features YG posing for a mugshot, with his name and album title detailed in the placard around his neck.
YG came up with the idea for Pu$haz Ink in September 2008 with friends Ace and PC. He later officially co-founded the record label with DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign. Originally the "label" was used as a promotional tool and a brand for YG and DJ Mustard's group of rap collaborators they had grown up with. Then as YG, Ty Dolla Sign and DJ Mustard grew in popularity, they decided to officially form a record label for Pushaz Ink, including rappers RJ, Reem Riches, Tee Cee, and Slim 400.
YG (Founder) (Pu$haz Ink, CTE World and Def Jam)
Ty Dolla $ign (Co-Founder) (Pu$haz Ink, Taylor Gang and Atlantic)
Reem Riches (Pu$haz Ink and 10 Summers)
Joe Moses (Pu$haz Ink, All Out Bosses and Brick Squad Monopoly)
RawwBoii (Pu$haz Ink, Grand Hustle and Rich Paradise Music Group)
DJ Mustard (Co-Founder) (Pu$haz Ink, 10 Summers, Roc Nation and Republic)
On January 25, 2012, shots were fired during the filming of YG's music video "I'm a Thug". The police shut down and closed the set.
On June 12, 2015, YG was shot 1 time in the hip at approximately 1:45 am at a recording studio in Studio City, Calif. Authorities said that YG was "very uncooperative" when asked about the incident. His manager later revealed that his injuries were not life-threatening and said he was "fine" and recovering. He returned to the studio the next day.