Birth name

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson


9 March 1990 (age 26)
Compton, California, United States


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop



Years active



Def Jam (2009-present)
CTE World (2013-present)
4Hunnid (2016-present)
Interscope (2016-present)

Associated acts

A$AP Ferg, DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, The Game, Kid Ink, Mack 10, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, Rich Homie Quan, Tyga, Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson (born 9 March 1990), better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz and Just Re'd Up 2, amongst others. 

In June 2013, YG signed a deal with Young Jeezy's imprint CTE World. His 2013 single, "My Nigga" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, peaked at #19 on the Billboard 100, becoming the highest-charting song of his career. He then released the singles "Left, Right" and "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake, which led up to the release of critically acclaimed debut album My Krazy Life. In 2016, YG released his second studio album, Still Brazy, to, again, critical acclaim.


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