Music has brought Tyga all over the world.
However, there’s still no place quite like home for the multi-platinum Los Angeles rapper. That’s why he’s named his second full-length album for Cash Money Records, Hotel California. He checks in to the next phase of his career with fifteen tracks of pure, potent, and powerful Cali hip-hop. In spirit, it nods to the early ’90s golden age when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg owned the West Coast. Make no mistake about it though—this is Tyga’s day.
Reaching the top of the rap game, he made good on the promise of the title to his 2012 album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 61,000 copies during its first week in stores. It spawned smash singles including “Far Away” featuring Chris Richardson, “Faded” featuring Lil Wayne, and the inescapable double-platinum megahit “Rack City.” In addition, he sold out tour dates from coast to coast and solidified himself as an undeniable live presence on stage.
However, by the end of the year, he sought another challenge. He hit a Los Angeles studio and wrote and recorded the tracks comprising Hotel California in less than a month. It proved to be an intensely creative period marked by raw reflection upon his journey. The first time the Compton native had ever seen anywhere outside of Los Angeles was on his first tour supporting Gym Class Heroes in 2008. Now, he had become an international hip-hop star. That ride from rags to riches was a lot to think about, and it provided quite a bit of lyrical inspiration, to say the least.
The first single “Dope”, featuring Rick Ross, slides from a fiery, flashy verse into a proclamation of, “I’m dope” that resounds immensely. Showcasing his unbreakable flow, the track is instantly catchy and immediately memorable. It also set airwaves ablaze as soon as went to radio.
Elsewhere on the album, his iconic YMCMB labelmate Lil Wayne heats up “500 Degrees,” 2 Chainz adds a little Atlanta flavor to “Hijack,” while Wiz Khalifa, Mally Mall, and Cedric Gervais take “Molly” straight to the dance floor. In an unprecedented move, he rocks alongside Jadakiss on a bangin’ 21st century update of Tupac’s West Coast classic “Hit’em Up”.
Throughout the record, production comes courtesy of an A-list roster including DJ Mustard [2 Chainz. Meek Mill], Cool & Dre, Jess Jackson [Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj], David D.A. Doman [Kids in the Hall, Ghostface Killah], The Olympicks [Birdman, Lil Wayne] and more. Due to that diverse array of sonic artisans, each track bristles with its own incomparable energy.
As he rose through the rap ranks, Tyga also solidified himself as fashion innovator. He launched his very own line of high-end street wear, the appropriately named Last Kings. From hoodies and sweatpants to baseball tees and crew necks, it’s hood chic. In addition, he partnered with Reebok for the launch of T-Raww Sneakers. Boasting 17 colorways, Reebok unveiled one color per month, and product flew off the shelves almost immediately during “Year of the Raww.”
Now that Hotel California is opened, Tyga is ready to once again show the world why he’s The Last King. He’s home at the top…