*In addition to today’s release of YG’s new album “Stay Dangerous,” the rapper has also donated money to an effort to help young female coders get a jump start in the competitive field.
The West Cost MC, on Wednesday, donated $150,000 to startup company GirlCodeLA, which aims to help women build knowledge in computer science, business and software engineering. Founded by entrepreneur Dez White, the company also allows participants to develop career road maps through seminars, classes and hands-on training.
“Gender bias plays a role in the amount of exposure students receive in regards to technology and coding,” YG told Billboard in a statement. “This leads to influence future decisions within their field, creating smaller opportunities for diversity. With my donation, I hope they’ll be able to expand their reach of future female coders and programmers. I want to make sure I’m doing my part, I got a daughter and I respect the G Code.”
In addition to the $150,000 check, YG also gave out free Beats By Dre headphones during a mentoring session with the young coders, discussing nontraditional career paths, reports Billboard.
At midnight, the artist dropped his third album, “Stay Dangerous,” across all digital music platforms.
The 15-track effort includes the previously-released track “Handgun” and “Big Bank,” and features assists from A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
Stream “Stay Dangerous” below: