22 year old Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson (Tyga) released his sophomore LP February 21, 2012.
2008, Decaydance Records released Tyga’s debut album No Introduction. Being the cousin of Travis McCoy, my best guess is the connection landed him the record deal. With an executive producer like Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), how many of us remember his first record? “Coconut Juice” featuring the Gym Class Heroes’ frontman is memorable because of Madden ’09 and the remix featuring future bossman Tunechi. The record sold just under 7,000 copies.
2009 rolls around and the young rapper has a mixtape with Chris Brown, Fan of a Fan. “Deuces” was taking up space in everyone’s iPod, and “Holla At Me” was being queued in Serato’s everywhere.
2010/2011 the features started rolling in. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Sean Garrett, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled & Drake all enlisted the 110 pound Compton rapper of Vietnamese/Jamaican descent. After two singles, one featuring Chris Richardson and the other, a hook from Drizzy Drake produced by 40 the snowball effect was beginning. Then came “Rack City,” a banger produced by relatively newcomer DJ Mustard that you couldn’t avoid like the plague. Every rapper was freestyling on the instrumental and eventually an official remix dropped. Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill & T.I. all added some fire to the track. The hype for Careless World: Rise Of The Last King was at an all-time high.