Rapper Tyga has been heavy in the game for a few years now, and he’s been rising on top with bangers like “Rack City.”
Despite the many pushbacks of his forthcoming album Careless World: Rise Of The Last King, Tyga has finally finished perfecting his record.
GlobalGrind sat down with Tyga to chit-chat about being with Young Money, touring with Chris Brown, his new artist Honey Cocaine and of course, the much-awaited released of his album Careless World: Rise Of The Last King.
Take a look at our exclusive interview below, and stay tuned for part two!
GlobalGrind: How was touring with Chris? That’s like your homie, so it’s not really like business, it’s fun.
Tyga: Crazy every night, 95 percent girls, a bunch of screaming little girls.
Screaming little girls? We’ve seen some older ladies there.
Oh there’s grown women out there for sure.
What’s been the craziest moment on tour so far?
Toronto was crazy. We got like mobbed. When the show was over, there were probably 2,000 girls outside. This is late, after the show. The show is already done. I’m talking about an hour after the show was done.
They were there just waiting?
They were just waiting there like detectives.
Does it ever get overwhelming? Where you just want a peaceful night?
Nah, because this is what I signed up for. So it’s got to be fun.
What has been the craziest thing a fan has done to you since on tour or in general? Anybody ever grab you?
Oh yeah, girls grab me all the time. To me that’s regular, so it’s not really crazy. I don’t know what would be crazy. Some girls be stalking sometimes. It’s kind of weird. There’s this one girl, I see her everywhere I go. Like if I do a show in Miami or if I do a show in NY. She’s at the show. She’s like, I drove 20 hours! I appreciate it, but sometimes it makes me nervous because I don’t know what they are going to do.
If you could bring back anything besides snapbacks, what would you bring back?
I don’t know. That’s kind of a random question. What would I want to bring back?
It can be a person, a thing.
I could bring back Aaliyah. It’d just be different. That’s why there’s not a lot of female artists out, because female artists don’t really have a mode to look up to as far as original. Cause I feel like Aaliyah was original.
A lot of female artists don’t know what to follow. Besides Nicki and of course Beyoncé. There’s not a lot of pretty, young female artists that’s out. It’s a lot of talent out there, but they don’t know how to go about it. I feel like there should be way more sexier women in hip-hop and R&B then it is – more originality.
A lot of artists don’t really listen to a lot of other people’s music sometimes just so they can maintain their creative integrity.
People that do that find themselves being underground. A lot of the hipster crowd is real original. It’s kind of weird. Mainstream people won’t get it and catch on to it. So there’s ways to be original, but at the same time be across the board to everybody.
How amped are you about releasing Careless World: Rise Of The Last King?
I’m excited. I’ve been working new songs every day, I’ve been trying to perfect stuff. I been waiting and I’ve been pushing the back burner a lot for a minute. So now it’s undeniable. I do sold out shows, I been on four tours in the last year. With probably two hit singles. But no number 1 single of my own yet cause it’s all features. My fans be going hard. It’s much appreciated to them. For them to follow me this long and really care what I’m doing. And I haven’t really dropped an official album yet.
You’ve always maintained your own sh*t. Tyga does his own sh*t outside of Young Money.
Yeah, because I’m an original person. I just do what I feel. I don’t follow trends. I’m a trendsetter. I represent all the younger generations; fly kids, creative kids – they look up to me. I got a program that’s called ROAR. I go to all high schools everywhere we go and I talk to all the kids and I give away 30-35 tickets and passes to the kids doing good in school. Stuff like that means a lot to me. I didn’t really have a role model that really connected to me when I was younger. To have a connection with somebody that’s your age means a lot because you could understand them, so they look up to me, but at the same time I’m their friend – I’m their homie. I’m the same age as them. I think that’s important too, connecting with fans.
You got the Last King on your clothing line. When is that popping off?
We’re going to drop that pretty soon. I’m opening a store in L.A. We’re going to launch it online and in a couple of boutiques. It’s going to be affordable. I don’t want it to be expensive at all. I just want it to be affordable and reachable to everybody. You could get your fly on, be fly at the same time. Be a king and queen. Represent and be a part of something that’s original.
What would you describe it as? A cool kid? Hipster? Urban themed?
I really look to motivation from Pharrell’s line BBC when he first came out. I’ve talked to him numerous times, and the only thing he told me is “don’t make your prices that expensive like we did. That’s the only mistake we made.” Taking that from him, I felt like he was a lot of motivation and inspiration when I was younger also because he really connected with me as far as artists that I looked up to. He was youthful and he was creative and it was natural, wasn’t like he was trying to be like somebody he wasn’t. I feel like that’s how fans feel with me and that’s what I want to do with the line. I want it to be something that could represent kids and made them feel a part of something. Not just a black t-shirt or orange t-shirt with no meaning behind it. It’s almost like skate culture, or rock culture. Like rock fans they don’t wear any other clothes but rock band clothes or band that they like. So I just want to do the same things for my fans.
You spoke about Pharrell being an inspiration to you growing up. Who else is an inspiration to you musically?
I think just some of the artists I’m around right now. I’m definitely inspired by Michael Jackson. I watch all his videos all the time. And Busta Rhymes, an early Busta Rhymes – I really was inspired by him. He’s really the reason why I started rapping. Because all his visuals. I loved his videos when I was younger. I didn’t know what he was talking about when I was younger, but I loved the visuals…I loved the colors.
I think I was probably a fan of Busta Rhymes and Eminem first. When I started doing music those were my biggest two inspirations. And what motivates me now is having Wayne as a boss and Drake. I listen to a lot of Drake music because I feel like when you know someone one a personal level, you could really understand their music way more. So knowing them on a personal level makes their music way more sensible to me. I listen to Kendrick Lamar; he is another artist out of L.A. I could really relate to him also, because we from the same area.
If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be?
I want to work with Kid Cudi. I always say that cause I like his music a lot. I feel like he is really creative and very left field. It’s real original too. That’s what I like about his music it’s original. I bought J. Cole album too not too long ago. I like it.
If you were sent to a deserted island and you could only bring three albums with you. What three albums would you bring?
I would bring Jay-z-Reasonable Doubt, Eminem Slim Shady LP and I would bring the Weeknd-his mixtape, the first one. Thursday is crazy too. You got to really get into it. It grows on you. He’s just so original and fresh.
That’s crazy! I think he signed to Drake too.
Yeah they’re getting something popping off, the OVOXO movement is in full swing.
I just signed my first artist too. She’s from Toronto. This girl name Honey Cocaine. An Asian female rapper, she’s dope too.
There’s a lot of crazy talent coming out of Toronto.
They just got this whole sound. I think Toronto will be the next city. Kind of how Atlanta took over music. I think Toronto is about to take over now, because there’s so much talent out there from producers to artist.