Tyga Talks Promoting His Own Single, Influence From Lil Wayne, Lyricism

The YMCMB rapper covers a slew of topics in a recent interview.

As Tyga readies his album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, he reflects on the process it took to get the project ready for release.

In an interview with Complex, the Young emcee discussed that it was his self-promotion that got "Rack City" to hit top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"[I]n my world, I had a lot of underground hits that weren’t getting pushed to that level," explained Tyga. "I felt like 'Lapdance' was a big song, but it just didn’t get a push. So it stayed where it was at. 'Rack City' I pushed myself. I was shooting my own videos and paying my own radio guys and stuff like that. Then the label caught on to it. Now to be able to get a major push, it’s good. You’ve just got to stay with your same mentality and always be pushing yourself. "

Tyga also discussed how Lil Wayne, one of Hip Hop's most capable self-promoters, influences him.

"It’s not what they say, but more what they do," he said. "Just being able to see how they move and be in the studio every night. Videos. Tours. To see their hustle and take my new artist hunger and add that to it. The one thing about them is that they don’t talk a lot. It’s their actions, really."

Tyga also broached the subject of lyricism, and how some have criticized him for "Rack City's" apparent lack thereof.

"If it was lyrical, with big-ass words and shit, do you think half the world could relate to that? No, they can’t. When I’m drunk, I’m not reciting any real difficult shit. I don’t want to hear shit like that when I’m drunk. I want to party. I want to have fun. People have got to understand that there’s music for every type of thing. Hip Hop isn’t 'It has to be this topic and this topic only. Struggling, talking about drugs and the streets only.' That’s not Hip Hop. That’s not music. Those are just motherfuckers who are stuck in their ways. If you don’t like the song, turn off the TV and turn off the radio and listen to your preference of music."

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62 Comments

  • TwoSmallBallz

    Remember The Time Wayne And Drake Said They Wished They Could Fuck Every Girl In The World And Then They Did? That Was AWESOME!

  • jr88

    does anybod else notice how all of these young spoiled rappers have all these tats after they got famous?....they wouldnt walk around like that in my hood...smh

  • dadukee

    Fuck tyga that piece of shit, he's gonna get his ass BEAT down one of these days for talkin like he's changin the rap game when he's a little YMCMB slave. I'm cool with drake, mostly wayne, and mostly birdman and very little Nikki, Gudda Gudda and Mack maine. But the rest are lil wayne slaves that have no orginallity. Fuck Tyga but that Rack City vid was nice but other than that this guy is garbadge

  • Anonymous

    biggie made many tracks that were lyrical and were club hits did you forget big poppa hypnotize get money so i would disagree you can be lyrical and make party hits u just gotta be talented

  • Anonymous

    clearly he doesnt know what Hip Hop is. it definitely aint what he doin.

  • Anonymous

    lapdance wasnt your beat tyga get your business straight...think about how much money youd have if the hoovers werent in your pockets too

  • dentaldamboy

    I think we should all be concerned about the spread of Jay-Z and his devil-worshipping clan. Jay is lazy and afraid of hard work. Other artists have worked hard to achieve wealth and success. Jay-Z knew he lacked the talent and assiduousness to follow their blueprints. So he made an arrangement with the devil. Jay's first sacrifices were Pac, Big and Big L. Then he even sacrificed his nephew, buying him a Porsche with defective breaks. He will stop at no length to cheat his way into being the first hip hop billionaire. Would anyone be surprised if something happened to Beyonce and then Jay took all her paper and tried to frame Lil Wayne for the crime? All of you Jay Z stand better be careful around dude. He will have no problem running roughshot over you to please lucifer. And if anyone here disagrees with me, they are worse than NYPD and support Jim Crow.

    • @therealjay-z

      HA HA HA HA HA. SILENCE, YOU INFIDEL! I COMMAND YOU TO SHUT THE FUCK UP UNLESS (and only unless) YOU SAY "I'M NOT TALKING BOUT JAY BUT..." BEFORE YOU SPEAK MY NAME.

  • Nando

    @texas oh that has to be one of the funniest jokes of all time! U got me there bro......fucking idiot, ur the epitome of the douche bag hip hop "fans" I was talking about. U sittin at ur computer mad and shit cause tyga is killing hiphop instead of just ignoring the shit and bumpin what u wanna listen to. People have to realize everybody is gonna have some fans and followers no matter how shitty an artist u are. And I'm not a tyga fan by any means, but I listen to everything just to be able to have an opinion on the matter... I just don't understand y people wanted to read this shit if they can't stand that nigga or ymcmb

  • Anonymous

    Lol these are his words "Hip Hop isnt 'It has to be this topic and this topic only. Struggling, talking about drugs and the streets only.' Thats not Hip Hop. Thats not music. Those are just motherfuckers who are stuck in their ways." All Lil Wayne talks about is drugs, So how the fu*k does he influence you, You just said its not Hip-Hop. Lol Tyga = Wack.

  • Anonymous

    i like the song, and if its not lyrical, so what, that shit bumps, and its funny. u aint got an ass bitch wear a poncho. some random ass shit.

  • you know im right

    tyga lil wayne and solja boi all make thee most retarded nigga rap i have ever heard .. the people that listen to their shit probably didnt graduate from the 10th grade.. thats why they can relate to thier music!

  • Spliff

    Disney should make a rap labe and put Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Tyga, Kanye etc. The list would be endless and Kanye would be the leader

    • thelowendtheory

      yo spliff why dont u take the time to listen one of Kanye's albums and you'd see that one of the best rappers today.

    • hellno

      Kanye is no lyrical genius, but he should not be put with the other people you listed. He is about 1,000 times better than them.

  • So Icy Boi!

    dis nigga talks da truth. da mothafuckin truth! when Im drunk I wanna party & fuck biches, I dont wanna hear Nas or GZA bitchin bout philosophical shit. I wanna hear YMCMB. dats da shit. swag

  • Nando

    I'm just wondering y 38 people read the story if they don't like this nigga or his music? Yea he's not lyrical but that's what sells right now...hip hop ain't dead cause there is still plenty of good artist out there, but music is evolving to more of this type club music. There is always gonna be some kinda change no matter what it is ur doing. Politics, sports, music it all changes eventually so idk y some niggas always get so butt hurt whenever change starts happening

  • TEXAS

    LYRICISM??? THAT'S A JOKE RIGHT

  • west LA pres

    Look.. As an avid hip hop head who grew up on 90's music and still listens to all types of shit now I have got to give TYGA his props. The dude has lyrics and can make club hits. He is the only dude on YMCMB who I actually listen to. If you dont think this kid can rhyme go pick up Black Thoughts 2. You can not argue that rack city and bad bitches only are not bangers, if you want something deep and lyrical go listen to "Moving Backwards" and you'll see what Im saying. I agree I dont want to hear immortal technique when Im in the club dancing with big booty bitches and if you do then you're a fucking lame. jussaying.

    • west LA pres

      @TEXAS, @LOBCITY, @ANONYMOUS, @DAVIDDANIELZ Man yall all some judgmental annoying little fucks. straight argumentative peons. If you dont like the music thats fine just say that but when you start throwin insults "youre must be this kids father, youre stupid, fake ass.. etc" you sound like a bunch of irritating yeast infected complaining ass bitches who sit behind a computer trolling blogs to give your lil penny's worth opinions. go sit down remove your tampon and urinate

    • Anonymous

      "Look. As an avid hip hop head who grew up on 90's music" From past experience I stop reading at that line. Some fake ass shit.

    • daviddanielz

      You must be this kids father or brother or manager to say some stupid shit like that. This kid has zero talent and if you grew up in the 90's then you should know better to even co-sign a guy like this. Your not true hiphop nigga! Don't try and play the culture. Straight trash.

    • TEXAS

      @LA SO I GUESS WHAT YOUR SAYING IS THERE'S TWO KINDS OF STYLE IN HIP HOP LYRICISM AND JUMP AROUND LIKE A DUMB ASS OH I MEAN CLUB BANGERS?

    • lob-city

      naw dat song aint nothing to brag about lol dis guy sux

  • idontknow

    This sucker says HIP HOP is not lyrical. but hip hop is a culture!and the explain culture you need to be lyrical not talk shit on the mic!

  • Anonymous

    I mean if you are not Wayne, Drake, Baby, or Nicki then you are not gonna get promoted the shit is sad but true. they sign all these artist an we forget abt them cause the bosses are the only ones wit money behind them. But these dumb asses keep signing wit YMCMB.................... CHECK OUT THE MUSIC http://soundcloud.com/inevitable-success/sets/taste-of-success/

  • blah

    dis guy hasnt had many solo hits so gotta give him props for Rack City..Tho the lyrics r pretty stupid, it's a good club song dat will get alot of spins. As fas as lyricism, this guy really doesnt have any. He's far behind Drake & Wayne and I even think Nicki Minaj is better than him. He's down there w/Bow Wow, Wacka Flocka, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Lil B & Soulja Boy. Some r better than others, but dat whole group is garbage

  • daviddanielz

    Wow who is this guy? Another no talent Young Money pop act. This kid has no clue about the hiphop culture. He just came out and said I want to make pop hiphop. I promise you guys, this guy will never sell the public. One hit song or two, maybe, and this kids will become the past very quick.

    • Iron

      @daviddaniels: Pop rap will die soon but thats not to say these one hit wonders wont stop popping out of the woodwork only to keep failing. Lol.

    • ETK

      ...well I can agree with that, I don't think Tyga's any special. he just got a hit song so far and that's it.

  • Joocy McJuicy

    23 posts and probably a little under 19 brain cells combined from all Tyga fans posting and showing support here as well.

  • Crew Dude

    Of course everybody wants to hear that "lyrical intelligent Rap", But the Youtube Views and Album/Single Sales tell a different story

    • Anonymous

      Which in fact is the complete opposite of wanting to hear 'lyrical intelligent rap' so maybe the 'fans' are as much to blame as the industry that caters to it.

  • Anonymous

    tv and radio turned off lol

  • 187JoshM187

    I completely agree with what he's saying and dam HHDX you guys shoulda at least posted the entire interview because it explained a lot more including the riot incident.

  • jr88

    i cant believe im saying this but i agree with tyga....there is a time and a place to be lyrical...you dont have to spit crazy bars if your doing a club song....but my question is when has tyga ever been "lyrical"...this guy trys to sound like drake and wayne all the time.....lol

  • thought dog

    He mispelled Tiger.

  • dockevoc

    Lyrical don't mean "big ass words and shit," it means writing lyrics and taking pride in them you stupid fucking bojangles motherfucker.

    • SWAG

      MY RAP:SWAGIN ON A TRILLY SWAGGIN ON A TRILLY! CALL ME BILLY BILLY! OH SWAG YEAH BITCH DONT SNITCH NIGGAS WANT PROBLEMS SHOOT DEM NIGGA IN DEY DICK. LICK YO PUSSAY LICK LICK AND LICK. my rap is better than Rack City

  • YESSIR

    TYGA IS ABOUT TO SELL MORE THAN COMMON HE IS KEEPING HIP HOP ALIVE. FOR THE LIFE ME I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY NIGGAS WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM A RAPPER. THEM NIGGAS ARE NOT EDUCATED. GO READ A DAMN BOOK IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING.

  • Anonymous

    OK yall need to see Tyga's point here. Sure, Tyga could be a better lyricist but you can't expect him to spit some super lyrical shit on a party track. Really, who the fuck wants to party to a song that talks about philosophy and its relation to international politics? You don't go to parties to learn. You go to parties to have a break from all of that.

  • ETK

    Actually Tyga has it spot on. those who say hip hop is dead cause of guys like him are exactly the niggas he's talkin about. why do beats need depth and creativity all the time? holy fuck, they're not writing a book. and the 90s had the same kind of bullshit too, don't lie to yourself. People are gonna go to parties, drink and smoke weed, and when the music's blasting, they don't wanna hear some fuckin' Kendrick Lamar/Elzhi/P.Monch/The Roots/Tech n9ne goin on about political conscious shit or spittin multis at 150 miles an hour and before you go off on me I fucks with most of those dudes, so don't even go there. all I'm saying is every part of hip-hop has its place. Got the lyricals, the club bangers, niggas with their trap music, alternative hip-hop, the "boom bap" rappers, etc... keep sayin hip hop is dead all you like if you want. I mean it's never uncommon to see niggas stuck in their little world

    • ETK

      @unclesam I never said it wasn't possible. yeah, emcees like dre, biggie were good at meshing both aspects together. 2pac did it very well too. (snoop? we'll get back on that) but a lot of niggas out there are much too deluded on that, and expect some lyrical well-thought verse by anyone they listen to and flip a shit when it fails to deliver. thing is, they already know(or should know) where to look if they want lyrical shit. a place for everything all those rappers you named.. 90s legends. the culture was different then, but today.. there's shit out there for everyone. closest to that right now is probably eminem/jay. even there, a lot of mainstream 90s material wasn't anything to snuff at either. most of it is nostalgia fodder

    • Oh Billy

      I don't have a problem with the kind of music that's getting played on the radio nowadays. The problem that I have with it is that's ALL you ever hear today. Everything else gets pushed to the side. At least back in the 90's the radio had a balance. You had the lyrical tracks, the conscious tracks and also the party tracks. But nowadays all you ever hear on the radio is garbage over techno, dubstep, bullshit beats.

    • ETK

      all you see is fail? what does that have to do with any of this? you didn't even explain shit. I don't dig Tyga's music at all, yeah his material is fail but he made a great point. niggas just need to sit down and enjoy what they like instead of spoutin off that hip hop is dead all the time. and to that shorty who told me to leave the website.. suck my fat dick, son! maybe I hit a nerve but I ain't goin nowhere for some anonymous homo. kill yourself if it bothers you so much, we both win

    • M. Bison

      @unclesam: Co-sign. You hit the nail on the head."Using Big words and shit" is not the same thing as lyricism. Like you said Big Poppa was lyrical even though he was talking about bone, weed and partying. E.g.: To all the ladies in the place with style and grace Allow me to lace these lyrical douches, in your bushes Who rock grooves and make moves with all the mommies The back of the club, sippin Moet, is where you'll find me It wasnt dumbed down but at the same time dude used a smooth as flow over a dope beat. The beat and words meshed together to form a classic party tune that you can STILL listen to to this day. It just goes to show that these dumbass young money mutherfuckers and their fans are not going to be shifted from music without a true fight. ETK is dumb aswell If he thinks Tyga is correct, cause all I see is fail, fail and more fail.

    • Big C

      Thing is every rapper has party songs and every rapper has "lyrical" songs. Nuff said

    • unclesam

      Thing is, Biggie, Pac, Snoop, Dre, could make a party song that was still lyrical, that still had super dope beats, and that still was positive hip-hop, like Big Poppa is an ill song, wether youre at a party or bumping it at home or on the subway or w/e. Niggas in Paris works in the club, but its also a dope track by its own. Ima Boss is dope on its own but it bangs in the clubs too. It doesnt have to be one way or another, it can be both. You dont have to sacrifice the lyrics and whore out hip-hop as a whole just to make some money.

    • Anonymous

      leave this website, you moron.

    • Anonymous

      NIGGA YOU NEED TO GET SOME MO PUSSSSAAAYY

  • dockevoc

    Chuck D must be proud

  • anonymous

    tyga's way of thinking is one of the main reasons why hip-hop is dead. fuck him, fuck young money and fuck mainstream garbage pop disney rap. his album is destined to FAIL!

  • Huhwaitwut?

    If you want knowledge, go to college. I don't know why people look to rappers for "knowledge" anyway.

  • Anonymous

    THAT'S COOL BUT WHERE DA PUSSY AT?!?!

  • yeaa

    that explains the lack of knowledge in the "music". We pay these uneducated idiots and praise them for tracks with zero depth and creativity. There's black ppl and then there's n******

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