Sitting down with MTV on the day of his album release, YG explained what motivated his “Really Be” single and how Kendrick Lamar chose the song for his feature.

“I recorded it up in Atlanta and I knew that it sounded like a record that Kendrick would get on,” YG said. “So when I got to L.A.,his engineer who did his album, Ali, he mixed my album too, they been hearing my album since like September, so they been hearing it. Kendrick told me that when it was time to put out my album he was gonna hop on one of my records, so he wanted to hear the whole album. So we played him the whole album, then he heard that song, he like, ‘I’m hopping on that, that’s the best song on there.’ That’s how it came, just like that. Real simple.”

Asked about the inspiration behind the song, YG explained wanting to share what drives him to drink alcohol. “The inspiration behind the ‘Really Be’ record was just a whole bunch of stuff I was going through, that I been through,” he said. “I drink a lot of alcohol, you feel me, I wanted to let the people why I drink when I drink or when I smoke I smoke, or when the next person drink or smoke…most of the time it’s reasons behind that. You be tripping sometimes, you have something going on. Like today I woke up and there was stuff that I wanted to go on that didn’t go on right. So I woke up, I was mad, I was hot just off something little like that. But I got some of that Avión, I took that Avión back and I was cool. That’s how it go.”

YG’s My Krazy Life was released earlier this week on Tuesday (March 18). The rapper announced a string of tour dates in support of his debut and first-week sales predictions estimate an expected 45,000 to 55,000 albums sold. HipHopDX granted My Krazy Life 3 out of 5 stars in a review that mentions the “Really Be” single specifically. The song “takes a sudden turn to stray from the script,” the HipHopDX review says. “Venting about stresses including paranoia and the pressures of fame, YG puts his machismo to the side to hold his own alongside a barrage from Rap’s leading firecracker Kendrick Lamar. This welcome glimpse into reality is uncharacteristic for an emcee most known for bragging on his hard earned criminal reputation and prowess with a variety of women.”

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