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"Young, Wild & Free" was performed at the several music festivals, including on the 2012 VMA Tour and Coachella 2012.
According to the digital sheet music published by EMI Music Publishing, the song was composed in the key of D major with a tempo of 100 beats per minute.Dogg's vocal range spans from the low note of B2 to the high note of A4.The latter is present in the verse "It's like I'm 17 again/ Peach fuzz on my face/Lookin', on the case /Trying to get a hella taste", while the former in the following verses "Roll joints bigger than King Kong's fingers/ And smoke them hoes down until they're stingers." "Young, Wild & Free" received mixed reviews by most music critics.They sent the recording back to Mars, who put the finishing touches.
"Young, Wild & Free" was written by Calvin Broadus, Cameron Thomaz, Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Cristopher Brown, Ted Bluechel, Marlon Borrow, Tyrone Griffin, Keenon Jackson, Nye Lee and Marquise Newman.The review acclaimed Snoop Dogg's effortless flow, although it criticized the flow by Whiz Khalifa labeled its delivery as "forceful" and "punchy" since it "gets on top of the beat and harshes the mellow laid-back production." In a similar review, Lewis Corner from Digital Spy had a positive opinion towards Dogg's verses, while finding the single "cool and addictive".