Tour news: YG to deliver a taste of the krazy life

Young Gangsta.
Young Gangsta.

Gangsta rap fans should mark the date of September 25 in their diaries using a very large permanent marker.

That's the date rapper YG, from Compton, California, will hit our shores for a one-off show at Auckland's Studio.

YG - it stands for Young Gangsta - is this year's breakout rap star thanks to his star-studded debut studio album My Krazy Life, which landed this year to rave reviews and earned comparisons to Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre.

Here's what TimeOut had to say about his debut album: "It's damn near a gangsta rap classic ... a masterclass in hip-hop that will be on many a best-of this year."

YG is a mixtape master with serious credentials: AA$P Rocky, Drake, Jeezy and Lamar have all praised him for updating Compton's signature sound, and for crafting a "timeless story" across his "classic" debut.

He's lived up to his name too, with gang violence reported at one San Diego show, while the 2012 video shoot in Compton for his single I'm a Thug ended in gunfire.

YG's Studio show will be his first appearance in New Zealand.

Tickets are on sale through

- TimeOut

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