Live Review: Tyga — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 06:16:11
Last night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, Tyga made good on the promise of his new album title, Careless World: Rise of the Last King.
Watching him command the stage from the very first rhyme until the last certainly felt like seeing a new ruler rightfully flex his hand over hip hop. The Young Money Entertainment Cash Money Records rapper has been a king in the wings for quite some time, and now truly is his time to shine. It's instantly clear from one listen to his new classic album and from his performances on the "Careless World" tour.
Tyga's presence remained captivating. He stalked the stage with an uncontainable energy and bravado that instantly transferred to the packed crowd. Sauntering smoothly, he delivered one airtight verse after another, striking a balance between big stadium bravado and raw club fire. From Careless World: Rise of the Last King, "Muthafucka Up" and "I'm Gone" practically shook the building with invigorating intensity, while "Faded" emanated a spaced-out dance floor swagger that remained irresistible. "Lap Dance" dipped from sexy, slick beats into a potent hook, making the crowd move in unison.
"Rack City" turned into a massive anthem propelled by audience singing along with a smiling Tyga. He pounced with just the right amount of attitude for the hip hop heads, and he also knew how to lay back on the beat and get the audience's female contingent dancing. It's that balance which makes him such a welcome standout in the genre.
The set reached its apex during "Far Away" which married Chris Richardson's shimmering hook to more confessional rhyming from Tyga. His flow proved unique, unbreakable, and undeniable. Somewhere between Nas's honesty and Lil Wayne's genre-bending gusto, Tyga stands alone, true royalty like those who paved the way.
Earlier in the night, Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance, guesting with Lil Twist for a raucous moment that elicited massive screams. Bieber and Twist made for the perfect duo, carving out a middle ground between pop and rap once and for all.
Ultimately, this is Tyga's time. Rap needs a new king. It's getting something better though. It's getting Tyga.
Were you there?
See our review of Tyga's new album here!