YG credits Nipsey Hussle and Kendrick Lamar for their contributions to the West Coast, praises Nate Dogg.
Compton, California lyricist YG serves as the latest artist to share his belief that the late Tupac Shakur is in fact still alive. The rapper made the reveal during a newly-published interview with Montreality as he questioned why those behind the deaths of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. have yet to be found.
“Man, Pac ain’t dead,” YG said. “That’s how I feel. What up, Pac? My nigga out here somewhere. That nigga out here chilling. You feel me? They don’t know who killed the nigga. You feel me? But how you don’t know who killed Pac? I mean, they don’t know who killed Biggie either though at the same time. I don’t know, but I don’t think he dead though.”
Another artist YG spoke on during his interview was Nate Dogg, a musician he referred to as “classic” and a “legend” with worldwide impact. He added that the late singer is likely the type of artist who can’t be replaced due to his uniqueness.
“Nate Dogg, man. That’s like—You feel me, that’s like legend,” the rapper said. “West Coast reputable. Worldwide legend though. Classic. You feel me? Nate Dogg did something to the game I don’t think nobody else could ever do. Niggas can’t do what Nate Dogg did. You feel me? Like his voice and how he did his stuff on a track. That shit like you feel me, it’s a one of one. I don’t think it’s never gon’ be somebody that come up and really take Nate Dogg’s spot.”
YG also doted on his fellow West Coast artists after being asked if Hip Hop belongs to the West Coast. He gave credit to Nipsey Hussle for being able to create a buzz without the release of an album and shouted out Kendrick Lamar and those in Top Dawg Entertainment.
He later credited himself for releasing a “classic album” with his debut, My Krazy Life.
“I feel like the West Coast—It belong to the West Coast, period,” he said about Hip Hop. “You got niggas like Kendrick and them. The whole TDE squad. You got niggas like Nipsey. You got niggas like me. You got niggas like Dom. You got niggas like DJ Mustard. But you got like Nipsey he ain’t put out no album out yet. He doing his shit off mixtapes. And recently, earlier this year he put out a mixtape that was for free or you can buy that shit for $100. He made a mothafuckin statement. You feel me? Niggas on the West Coast is making statements right now. Like I came out with a classic album that nobody expected. Nigga Kendrick came out. His shit went platinum…Yeah, West Coast we got it.”
Earlier this year, former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight shared his belief that Tupac is still alive. Additionally, the official Twitter account for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) stirred up rumors when they sent out this tweet earlier this month: "No, we don’t know where Tupac is. #twitterversary.”