YG - "Bicken Back Being Bool" video

YG’s debut album My Krazy Life remains, for my money, the best rap full-length of 2014 by a whole lot, and one of the great things about it is the way it weaves its big, obvious singles into its rich tapestry. The Compton gang-slang headknocker “Bicken Back Being Bool” feels more like an album track than a single, but like so much of what this guy does, it’s catchy as all hell, so maybe it’s not a surprise that it’s got its own video now. Director Alex Nazari starts things off with a long spoken-word fire-and-brimstone sermon, and he piles on the local Compton atmosphere before everything explodes into a gun battle. It’s a gripping video, and you can watch it below.

My Krazy Life is out now on Def Jam.

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  2. I will go to my grave not understanding the appeal of rap. This is not me HATING on rap, mind you. I simply do not get it, at all. And i’m sure the usual “you are a f’ing racist” crap with get hurled at me. But what is it about the musings of a young black man from Compton that resonates with so many people? I’m actually asking here. I’m not trying to start a fight or troll. I’m a 48 year old white guy. Very little of what he’s going through and rapping about are “universal” struggles. They would seem to be very specific issues that affect a very specific group. IE…I love Lykke Li. The pain and suffering she goes through on well, basically every song, due to failed relationships are universal pains. Almost all of us have been there. So the lyrics resonate in me. I guess what I’m getting at (and probably really poorly) is if these songs don’t actually resonate but merely amuse the listener doesn’t that denigrate the gangsta style rapper down to the level of modern day minstrel?

    I cannot stress this enough…I’m not belittling the artform nor this young man and his talent. I just wonder if the popularity of rap is the most insidious kind of racism. I know I hear my white friends talk about rappers as if they are clowns for their enjoyment. I know this is not the most current of examples but I remember when L’il Wayne was blowing up so huge I was thinking “this guy is really, really pandering to a sick part of our collective conscious”

  3. I am a 43 year-old Black male from Compton. I also happened to have have produced one of this Artist’s songs. I was around 10 years old went rap music was first played on the radio, and it changed my whole life. It validated my existance…until then…we (black youth, and black people in general) were systematically ignored. It seemed to me that either nobody knew what was going on in Compton, or that they knew and just didn’t care. I am reffering to to the lack of public school funding, which led to school being a joke….you get a “C” just for showing up….you were not allowed to take your books home…etc…..the emergence of dealing drugs as the most viable option for financial stability…..and the police actually dropping off drugs in disenfrachised neighborhoods…literally leaving trash bags of drugs in the street…..gang violence…..no police protection…..etc. A defining moment for me was when, in 8th grade, one of my friends was shot on the way home from school…and that night, i watched the news expecting to hear something about the incident….and instead, all I saw were stories about cats stuck in trees, and firemen actually being deployed to help them down! When I first heard NWA on the radio..i thought, finally the whole world is going to know what is going on here, and someone, somewhere would do something to correct it…..but what happened was that the government attempted to ban it….discredit it….and even deny that it was music. NWA wasn’t promoting violence and illegality…it was giving an account of what was actually happening…..and instead of addressing the problem that was being voiced, they just tried to silence the voices…and when you try to keep things from children, they become curious and intrigued by what you are attempting to hide from them…Unfortunately, kids all around the world heard what was going on in the inner city streets of california, and instead of thinking “wow..thats pretty bad..that needs to change” they thought “I wann be like that” and the bad conditions that we were all trying to get away from just ended up being spread. Keep in mind that there are all different types of rap music…any type you can think of, there are rappers that do that…but the positive, uplifting, socially conscious, educational rappers are not the ones being given multi-million dollar budgets and deals…it is the ones that focus on the negative aspects of growing up in the hood, who promote illegal activity, who express their disdain for women..etc who get the deals, or even worse, the ones who actually don’t talk about anything at all. Also, realize that these record company executives who are mostly white, are the ones who are pushing these artist to do these types of songs…I was even offered a deal in my younger days, but the catch was that I had to focus more on gang activity in my songs. In my oppinion, this music is not for a middle-aged white man to identify with, the purpose is to corrupt the minds of young black youth, and other youth that get corrupted are just fall-out. The powers that be couldn’t silence the voice, so they just gained control of it and manipulate it into what you hear now. Some artist are aware of their manipulation and some are not. I don’t think you are racist to not understand the current state of rap, it doesn’t make much sense….and if it doesn’t make much sense…you have to ask why is this type of music being expoited to the extent that it is, and by who? YG didn’t put this out on his own…he wasn’t a millionare or a billionare and decided that this is what he wanted to do with his life and funded his movement his self. People like him because the experience he raps about is shared one… and to me it’s sad that the same things that were going on in Compton 30 years ago are still going on today….nothing has changed….no one has helped…and we are left to our own devices to survive how we can….I can’t say no one has helped because they have…it’s just that it’s such a big job that it requires widespread action…not patch work by volunteers…we pay taxes just like everyone else…and we deserve the requisite services and opportunities afforded to everyone else…We shouldn’t even have to be asking for help….we already have paid for the services…we just don’t get them…we already know that…..we’re already frustrated, and to some extent deperate….and we identify with people who are also going through that….as dysfuntional as that may sound.

    • Again, I know I know jackshit about the life and the circumstances you talk about. But I absolutely do believe these conditions exist and I do believe that rap is an artform that can speak volumes to a group of people that have to deal with that kind of BS. This reminds me of the first time I saw a young white boy in a FUBU shirt. I was absolutely blown the F away. What don’t you understand about the acronym FUBU, son? It’s pretty simple. I remember in the nineties when De La Soul, Arrested Development, etc had that flicker in the national spotlight. I remember thinking this shit is clever and badass. And then it seem to just go away and more “gangster” style shit flooded the airwaves……….

      So I guess I would ask you……”Ultimately is rap helping the inner city youth or is it hindering them?” I spend ludicrous amounts of time studying indie music and most of it’s sub genres. But because it doesn’t appeal ot me I don’t follow rap as closely. And it seems to me that the MC’s that “make it” absolutely have to put out some kind of dysfunctional vibe. So do the younger kids in Compton, Oakland, etc follow the thoughtful and hyper literate MC’s? Or does the violent and chaotic stuff rule the roost?

  4. Really Tom? My Krazy Life is a “whole lot” better than Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Pinata? Bullshit.

  5. Breihan for someone who rightly hates (hated?) on conscious/backpack rap partially for having dull beats, IDK why you don’t have an issue with Mustard’s weak-ass snares and thin synths

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