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YG, “My Krazy Life”
Best track: “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)”
Why it makes the list: This West Coast rapper’s full-length debut conjures up images of life in Compton in 2014, but he brings in the spirit of all those that came before him, from Dr. Dre and N.W.A. and even Snoop Dogg. With the oversight of producer DJ Mustard, YG confidently navigates the mean streets and the bed sheets and is never overwhelmed by his very famous friends, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ty Dollar $ign.