Celebrity Favorites: Tyga
Tyga just started touring with Drake and he’s enjoying a spike in his fanbase as a result of his surprise smash with Chris Brown, “Deuces.” The Young Money MC may even go out on the road with Brown later this year. But when conversation turns to his still-untitled second album, Tyga says he’s in no rush to deliver it: He has a game plan.
“I’m thinking, I don’t wanna set no date on it,” the Los Angeles rapper told Mixtape Daily during a recent trip to New York. “I wanna let Nicki [Minaj] do her thing right now. Her album comes out November 23. Christmas is cool for me, January, February. I got songs; all my records and my singles, everything is timed up.
“I just dropped ’I’m on It,’ which was a good way to start. But this next record, it’s gonna be my official record. That needs to be ’Jam of the Week,’ ” Tyga said, giving a nod to MTV Jams. “It’s called ’Really Raw.’ It’s me featuring Pharrell, Snoop and Game. The video is outta here — it’s gonna be a remix with Diddy screaming on it. It’s gonna be crazy. Remember I told you that.”
Tyga says the collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Game just “kinda happened.” The Pharrell-produced track was already done when Tyga’s OG homies decided to jump on it.
“I never asked for that West Coast stamp,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know I’m from the West Coast. My swag is different. Me being from Young Money, affiliated with them, some people think I’m from down South. They think maybe I’m from New Orleans like them. It’s just good to show people and build outside of Young Money, build my brand outside of that. I think [Game and Snoop], they just respected it. I feel like too many people on the West Coast, they’re too needy. They feel they need Snoop or Game. I never did any tracks with any West Coast artists. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t feel like that’s what I had to do in order to get on. I just did music. That took me far enough to where Game and Snoop got on that record.”
Tyga revealed that Snoop was the first to bless him with guest vocals.
“The record was already done,” Tyga recalled. “Snoop came to the studio and heard it; he got on it. Then the next day, Snoop called Game and said, ’I did a record for the little homie.’ Then Game came in and said, ’I’m not just gonna let you have Snoop on it.’ It just became classic.”
Apart from Snoop, Game and Skateboard P, Chris Breezy and Young Money will also make appearances on Tyga’s sophomore LP.
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