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Listen: YG and Kendrick Lamar release new single “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)”

Two red-hot Compton rappers find relief from their pressures.

- Mar 14, 2014

YG's on a wave. Chart-busting "My Nigga" - produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard - is platinum. A song with Drake is his next single. Even TDE are eager to be seen with the Compton rapper: in addition to the Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q featuring "I Just Wanna Party," "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)" has a good-as-gold appearance from Kendrick Lamar.

Pressure-cooked by fake friends, desperate family and the constant threat of violence, it's pretty much the opposite in tone of the party-hardy tracks we've heard from My Krazy Life, and totally appropriate coming from Kendrick's newly weary soul. His list of dead friends is an especially gutting moment in a song eager to leave certain elements of the hood in the dust. Failing that, there's always smoke and drink.

YG's new album My Krazy Life is out March 18th via Def Jam; pre-order it here.

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