Being a New Yorker, I’ve definitely been guilty of assuming that “those West Coast guys can’t really rap.” But as I’ve really started to listen and dissect Hip-Hop some of the inhabitants of my “Favorite Rappers” list are currently from the left coast (Crooked I, Kendrick Lamar, Tyga). I wasn’t really sold on Tyga in the beginning but on that Fan Of A Fan Mixtape (with Chris Brown) he really opened my eyes to his rapping ability. Soon after that, the half Vietnamese half Jamaican emcee dropped a slew of notable mixtapes with dance songs, club bangers, and party anthems.
That was a major reason why I was so impressed with the maturity of Careless World. It was a real story and you could feel the emotion put into each and every song. I have a younger brother the same age as Tyga and I can recall what it felt like being at that age. There are more things going through a twenty-two year old’s mind than taxi cabs in New York City. And they move just as quickly.
Now because there are so many things going on, I think the album was a bit jumbled. It’s long (21 tracks…23 on the Deluxe Edition) and didn’t fit on an 80min blank CD. The overall mood of the CD would be a somber “love-lost” type of feel with a few upbeat songs (Muthafucka Up ft. Nicki Minaj, Faded ft. Lil Wayne & Rack City) thrown in the mix. Besides the Young Money Crew (which now includes Busta Rhymes) verses were lent by everyone from up-and-comers (Big Sean, J. Cole, Wale) to legends (Nas & Pharrell) and some of the best singers in the game (Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Marsha Ambrosius).
Tyga is more of a “style-rapper” as opposed to a “lyrical assassin” and that’s why I was impressed that he reached out to the rappers he did for features. If I were ranking the lyrical ability of every rapper on here, Tyga would be last. But he was able to hold his own on his album. And even with the large number of features, it still feels like Tyga’s album. You can see the influences from Lil’ Wayne and Drake (unprecedented amounts of swagger during raps, voicemail from his mother & spoken word interludes) but again, this album is all Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson. It wasn’t a classic by any means, but I enjoyed listening to it. There were themes I could relate to, there were beats that made me want to party, there were quotes I could tweet and if his career continues to improve and move in this direction, his next album could be a problem.
At the end of the day…we all dream one day [to be] Kings and Queens…Tyga has a LOT of work to do to get that Throne, but here’s hoping he continues to put out quality in his pursuit.
I’m Gone ft. Big Sean
If you fine you might get diamonds, if you a five you might get nothing
I’ma ma-monster, straight from a moshpit
R-r-r-rock you like Nirvana
Man I be off Patron like its a holiday
Fucking with them finer things, pull up on your bitch and say…I GET MONEY
@blackhercules21 gives Tyga’s Careless World 3/5 NONAGONS