He’s Original But Does He Show It?
I was reluctant to listen to Tyga’s album. Because I know he is signed to Young Money, I expected his music to be similar to the more popular artists of the label like Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. I am not bashing the label or the artists signed to it, but the last thing the music scene needs is another imitation of an already existing artist. Surprisingly, Tyga is not that at all.
No, Tyga is not what I would classify as an amazing lyricist, at least not quite yet, but this album shows his potential as an all-around artist. I admire the diversity of the music on the album. There are dance tracks like “Rack City”, but there are also tracks like “King & Queens” to make the listener think. There are even portions where Tyga gives a spoken word feel, for instance, the beginning of “Careless World”.
Though the lyrical content varies from song to song, one thing that is consistent is that every song on the album has a good backing track. Again, there is diversity, but regardless of how different each track is, the instrumentals are all good in their unique ways.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the album is who is featured on it. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are expected to be a part of the album, but the appearance of Pharrell, Nas, Chris Richardson, and Wynter Gordon, just to name a few, are a bit more unexpected and exciting.
On the other hand, it is hard to tell if this album shows Tyga’s talent as an artist or if it just shows his ability to choose talented producers and featuring artists. The use of so many features makes it hard to gauge Tyga’s actual talent. While it’s nice that he is able to be a musical chameleon, it would also be nice to see a stronger display of who he is as an artist. In the opening track, “Careless World”, Tyga says “I’m original and I show it” which to me summarizes him as an artist, but at the same time, I look forward to him making his voice and style known in future albums.
Overall, “Careless World: Rise of the Last King” achieves what the title suggests it is meant to achieve; it begins Tyga’s gradual rise. His broad choice of featured artists, producers, and song topics reveal his ability to be versatile which is a talent in itself, but it also leaves the listeners awaiting what he will do next, watching his rise, knowing that he is original and hoping that he will show it.
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