“Kendrick Lamar’s album he’s sayin’ basically he was always around that, his friends, his cousins, his homeys was always doin’ that, so he was always around it,” YG told MTV News of the sprinkles of Cali gang culture that fuel MTV’s Hottest MC MC K-Dot’s good kid, m.A.A.d city LP. “I’m saying I do it, I’m in it. That’s the difference.”
The album title alone holds cultural significance. Blood members often omit the letter C from their words and replace it with the letter B, hence the Bompton declaration. There is also a song titled “I’m 4rm Bompton” on YG’s January mixtape Just Re’d Up 2. The song’s eerie bounce is the perfect backdrop for block-based boasts. “N—a I’m from Bompton, I be really in the hood though/ Mama never understood though,” he raps on the hook.
Sonically YG’s forthcoming album will be different from his buddy Kendrick’s debut. YG estimates that his frequent collaborator DJ Mustard (Tyga’s “Rack City,” 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different,” Young Jeezy’s “R.I.P.” ) will hold down the majority of the beats on the I’m 4rm Bompton LP which will be executive produced by Young Jeezy. He says he wants to keep the features to a minimum if he can. “I’m finna tell my stories before when I was growing up, because people don’t know my story like that,” he said. “I’m finna tell ‘em the story, then I’m finna tell sh– that happened, I went to jail or stuff the homeys did — all that. I’m finna update ‘em basically.”
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