Tyga "Careless World: Rise of the Last King" Album Review

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Tyga – I’m Gone Lyrics
Tyga – Birdman Interlude Lyrics
Tyga – Black Crowns Lyrics
Tyga – Potty Mouth Lyrics
Tyga – Careless World Lyrics
Tyga – For The Fame Lyrics
Tyga – Far Away Lyrics
Tyga – Do It All Lyrics
Tyga – Echoes Interlude Lyrics
Tyga – Let It Show Lyrics
Tyga – Faded Lyrics
Tyga – Lay You Down Lyrics
Tyga – Love Game Lyrics
Tyga – Mystic AKA Mado Kara Mieru Interlude Lyrics
Tyga – Kings and Queens Lyrics
Tyga – Muthafucka Up Lyrics
Tyga – Lil Homie Lyrics
Tyga – Rack City Lyrics
Tyga – This Is Like Lyrics
Tyga – Celebration Lyrics

After Tyga has built up a lot of hype from his three latest projects (Black Thoughts 2, Well Done 2, and #B-tchImTheSh-T), he’s got a lot of people excited for the album. Me, not so much. I mean, he’s a good artist, but what I’ve heard from his mixtapes are basically the same bangers over and over. But anyways, I’m plunging into this album with an open mind.

It begins with an epic Mado Karu Mieru sample to start off the title track, “Careless World”. Tyga seems to have started off on the right foot, actually gave a more meaningful first verse than expected- it wasn’t just braggadocio, he talked about the struggles in the hood, and his efforts to make his life different than the typical hood result. When the beat speeds up, however, so does Tyga’s flow, and his content turns back to his typical stuff: bragging about the girls he gets, and the great life he’s leading- but the way he rides the beat and flows makes it sound great.

After the title track, T-Raww hooks up with Pharrell on “Lil Homie”, where Tyga raps some more about trying to get out of the trap that the hood is, then his successes when he did get outta there. Pharell on the hook is a good look, too.

But, you had to expect something like this coming up: “Muthatf-cka Up feat. Nicki Minaj” is the banging, upbeat instrumental accompanied with the punchline raps we expected from Tyga. Nicki Minaj is really a hit or miss, but I honestly liked her on this track.

Things calm down when the “Echoes Interlude” plays, and Tyga’s spoken word on this interlude is about losing his last girl and re-assessing what love really is. This interlude seems to prepare us for some heart-felt songs ahead.

Sure enough, “Do It All”, the next track, tells about how Tyga just had his last relationship for fun because he thought he was too young for real love, but now he’s contemplating that, and seems to be resolving to try and find real love. He wants this girl who’s heart he just broke back, but she seems to have moved on.

But, the attitudes shown in the previous track must have been short-lived, because “I’m Gone feat. Big Sean” finds Tyga back to his hit-it-then-quit-it/ I’m-the-best flow on this smooth beat. After the beat nearly stops, then starts back up with Big Sean’s voice, Big Sean delivers on this one, ending with possibly the best line from the album so far:

I’m a G plus one, what’s that? Mother f-cker that’s gone

After B-I-G finishes the last track perfectly, we hear a main-stream sounding beat drop then Chris Brown’s voice fill our earphones.

For the Fame feat. Chris Brown & Wynter Gordon” is about a girl who’s not just tryna date the famous artist to be a part of the fame. This track seems to have been created solely for radio play. But, honestly, Tyga just sounds kind of awkward on this one. I’m not really feeling it.

Another thing I’m not feeling? Birdman.

The “Birdman Interlude” is basically the same thing as Birdman’s talking at the end of Drizzy’s “We’ll Be Fine”, with a little tweaking to fit the album…. This starts the section of the album where T-Raww gets back to his braggadocio style over bangers.

This section starts with “Potty Mouth feat. Busta Rhymes”, with the banging beat and typical Tyga flow. But it takes kind of a weird twist towards the end, and the beat takes a radical turn when Busta comes in. Other than that though, Busta Rhymes kills it, as he seems to be making a habit of lately.

Faded feat. Lil Wayne” continues the banger section, with the sure-to-be club-favorite featuring a Lil Wayne verse that’s truly not half bad. Songs like this are what have made Tyga popular; but they are also the same songs which become redundant after a bit. At this point in the album, I’m hoping Tyga switches it up soon.

But, when the “Rack City” beat drops, that hope is shattered. We all know about this song. The played-out radio song we all have already had enough of. Nothing more needs to be said.

“Black Crowns” finally gives us refreshing break from the club-bangers; just in time, too. This features an unknown male voice on the hook that sounds great, and Tyga dropping some bars about rising to his status as a “king” from where he was in the ghetto. A pretty good song, one of my favorites from the album so far. Ends with a heart-felt phone call from Tyga’s mom telling him how proud she is.

“Celebration feat. T-Pain” brings us back to the mainstream music, though. When you see T-Pain, you know it’s gonna be a mainstream-type song. That’s exactly what it is. Not a great song, but not bad. Just a party song.

The next song surprised me. The chorus to “Far Away feat. Chris Richardson” starts the song off beautifully, and Tyga seems to pick up where he left off in “Do It All” as far as being regretful for breaking this girls heart. It seems really heart-felt, and I like this song as a whole. From content, to beat, to verses, to hooks, to the bridge… Everything.

This brings us to the next interlude: “Mystic Aka Mado Karu Mieru Interlude” has the same epic sample that started the whole album off (from the guy pictured below), with Tyga talking about his kingship and wanting a queen. More songs about girls coming up? Seems like it.

This Is Like feat. Robin Thicke” is another song that finds Tyga trying to win over a girl, getting away from his player ways. Something’s a little off about this song, to me, though. I don’t know.

But, whatever is off about the last song, is on about this one “Kings and Queens feat. Wale and Nas” is the song that I’ve been waiting for, ever since I heard that snippet. Tyga gives us a pretty good verse, but that’s really beside the point: I’m listening for Wale and Nas at this point. Wale gives us some of his signature wordplay, and Nas lends his legendary flow to this great beat. As expected, I love this song.

The good features continue with the next song, which Tyga got J. Cole on, “Let It Show”. At this point, it seems to have become about the feature. I mean, sure, Tyga does his thing on this track, but when you employ a star like Cole on your debut album, it’s gonna become about him. Tyga seemed to have Cole in mind when he picked out this beat, which seems very J. Cole-esque. And of course, Cole kills it.

What has become my favorite stretch of the album extends with “Love Game”. This seven and a half minute song is a rarity for Tyga: he truly appealed to my emotions with this one. He seems to have taken a page from Drake’s book with this one, opening up about girls and giving us some wise quotables:

Moving on is easy, but what you leave behind is what makes it hard

Plus, the dubstep part ending the song is straight NASTY.

And this great song is followed by a song with Lil Wayne and an acoustic guitar riff…. Never the greatest combination. Tyga does give us some good verses on this one, but Wayne’s addition to the song was nearly pointless. Reminiscent of Lil Jon on Yelawolf’s “Hard White”. Plus he added an extremely short verse towards the end that was mediocre at best, and some more pointless talking at the end. Song would’ve been better without Wayne. Oh well. “Lay You Down” is a decent song overall, but the addition of Wayne, this time, drops the overall value.

Anyways, this sets us up for the end of the album, after over an hour of music and 20 other songs. “Light Dreams feat. Marsha Amrbosius” is a great way to finish the album, with T-Raww dropping his brag bars at his best over a nice beat.

Overall, the album was pretty good. Not great, but not bad. It was a bit lengthy, but at least it wasn’t lengthy and redundant. Tyga did switch it up a little, throwing in some relationship talk, some statements about the state of the ghetto, and his struggle towards the top. It wasn’t anything mind-boggling, but I enjoyed the album. It’s easy to listen to, has good beats, and some good features. There were some gems (“Kings and Queens”, “Love Game”) but also some duds (“For the Fame”, “This is Like”).

If I had to rate it, I’d probably give it a 7 or 8 out of 10.

Rapgenius Moderator Screv6