10 March, 2012@2:31 pm
Tyga’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King seems like the kind of mainstream release we would hate. A bloated, clichéd, guest-laden album with a subtitle that sounds like it should be the name of the next movie in the Clash of the Titans series. But surprisingly it’s not. In fact, as far as this type of record goes, it’s pretty good.
While Tyga is not the greatest lyricist, he has more than enough flow, swagger and, believe it or not, thoughtfulness to make this extra long album a compelling ride. Clocking in at an hour and 20 minutes, we get a little something for everyone—down and dirty party tracks (“Potty Mouth” featuring Busta Rhymes; “Rack City”), something for the ladies (“Far Away” feat. Chris Richardson) and big-boy MCing (“King and Queens” feat. Wale and Nas).
What makes it stand out from lesser albums with similar elements, though, is the production, much of which was handled by British newcomer Jess Jackson. Instead of just paying for a bunch of stale beats from the biggest names, Tyga seems to have been intent on getting his own, sometimes moody, sound.
The Jackson-produced “Muthafucka Up” uses some zany samples and booming drums to create the perfect backdrop for a pairing with Nicki Minaj. Jackson’s “Do It All,” meanwhile, is a complete shift, with Tyga getting his grown man on, lamenting the loss of a love he needlessly threw away.
It’s always great to see an artist mature and Tyga, still only 22, is a different person from the substance-less but fun kid who delivered his first album, No Introduction. Take for example another gem from Jackson, “Love Game.” Tyga pours his heart out: “My nightmares haunting me, I can’t sleep about it/Anxiety, can’t breathe, can’t live without you/The revival, all these verses is my survival.”
Unlike many albums with a heavy-duty guest list, most of the featured artists here actually do what they’re supposed to and boost the level of quality. J. Cole makes for an excellent spitting partner on “Let It Show,” another standout. Wale and Nas are predictably solid on “King and Queens.”
On the other hand, of course, there are your typically grating Lil Wayne appearances—anybody else just tired of his routine? And a throwaway track from T-Pain—does he create any other kind?
Careless World closes with “Light Dreams” feat. Marsha Ambrosius. It’s an exercise in good old fashioned hip-hop paranoia (“I dream the motherfucker try to kill me in my sleep”). Maybe it’s Tyga’s way of letting us know he wants to be a serious player. He may not be a king yet, but we could do worse for a promising young prince.
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