Don’t Sleep: Necessary Notables
Feature Presentation: Fan of a Fan
Headliners: Tyga and Chris Brown
Key Records: “Like a Virgin Again,” “What They Want” and “Drop Top Girl”
Essential Info: Young Money member Tyga said he was surprised when Chris Brown approached him about making an entire mixtape together.
“Me and Chris, basically, we met a couple of years ago,” Tyga explained in L.A. on Tuesday about the tape. “We had mutual friends. I always seen him come in the studio when he was with Wayne. It’s crazy, because I never asked him for a track. I never wanted to press up on him like that. One day, he hit me up. He was like, ’Yo, man, let’s do some songs.’ So I came to the studio. The first two songs [you saw videos for], ’Holla at Me’ and ’All the Girls Love,’ them two songs was like the first time we ever recorded. When we recorded them songs, he was like, ’Let’s do a mixtape.’ It’s crazy, ’cause the mixtape, we did in a whole week. I flew out to VA, and we knocked out the whole mixtape.
“Chris works fast,” he continued. “Me — I ain’t gonna lie — I write slow. I’m real picky. He was knocking the hooks out real quick, I was knocking out the verses. We knocked out, like, three songs a day.”
Fan of a Fan has a dual meaning. Obviously, the tape’s two stars have a mutual admiration for each other, but they also wanted to acknowledge their followings.
“Fan of a Fan is basically our dedication back to the fans,” Tyga explained. “I feel like a lot of people is not doing it for their core audience. These are the people that come to our shows, these are the people that call these radio stations and fight for us all day. So why not give them something for free?”
The tape touches on relationships with the ladies and spending money, and it also pushes C. Breezy as a rapper.
” ’Deuces,’ it’s about you getting rid of this girl. You try to make it work, but you gotta move on,” Tyga explained. “So you basically put up one finger, then another and say, ’Deuces.’ ’Like a Virgin Again,’ that’s one of them old classic 2002 R&B songs. Like holding hands at the dance. That song’s about making a girl feel special, ’cause that’s what all girls want, of course. Telling her like, ’If you are a virgin or you’re not a virgin, I’mma make you feel like one again.’ ’What They Want’ is the first song on the mixtape. It’s introducing us together as a duo. It’s what the fans want. ’48 Bar Rap,’ that’s Chris rappin’. Showing his rap skills.
“Chris is a certified rapper,” Tyga added. “That’s straight from Tyga at Young Money. Of course he’s a great singer, but he does his little rap thing too.”
Tyga is working on his next album, Careless World, and said to look out for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV “soon.”
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