Release Date: Jun 23, 2015
Record label: N/A
Tyga should be a good rapper. Throughout his seven-year career, he’s showcased many hallmarks of rappers remembered for being rappers: a nonchalant flow with the benefit of enunciating every syllable, pop structure sensibilities, and even the power to help put a producer on the map. The three combined most memorably for his inescapable single “Rack City”, which brought DJ Mustard into the national consciousness.
It’s been an eventful year for Tyga, an archetypal weed carrier emcee who’s spent the majority of his career as a posse stand-in. Since his ugly departure from Young Money last October, which included public snipes at Drake and Nicki Minaj, he’s been popping up here or there way more than most would like. In February, he joined forces with longtime partner-in-crime and friend in rabble-rousing Chris Brown for Fan of a Fan: The Album, a glorified retail mixtape.
Tyga is the guy in your group of friends who no one particularly likes but is always just kind of there. He spent the past year burning what few bridges he had left—most memorably, in a depressing triangle between himself, ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna, and labelmate Drake—and decorating his Egypt-themed clothing store like an Illuminati VFW hall. His pet Siberian tiger was confiscated by California wildlife authorities.
The struggle of seeing this album come to fruition has been no secret, as Tyga’s very public battle with Young Money has been all over the media over the last year. However, it’s safe to say no one was expecting the Last Kings rapper to unleash The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty out of nowhere last week. As Tyga’s fourth solo studio album, the project marks a milestone of longevity in the rap game for T-Rawww and also ushers in an era of growth and change as Tyga enters the period in any rapper’s career where they must evolve in order to stay relevant.