Tyga "Careless World: Rise of the Last King" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:06:24
Tyga bares his claws on Careless World: Rise of the Last King—his new album for Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Universal Republic.
In fact, the MC's fierce and fiery flow is nothing short of mind-blowing.
An ominous intro jumpstarts "Careless World" as our majesty paints a dystopian picture of "the city on fire" and "needles on the ground." His storytelling immediately hypnotizes as he admits, "raised off anger but it wasn't my fault." Laying back on a dreamy beat, his confidence proves infectious. Then, that beat turns on a dime with a gorgeous piano bridge that leads into a rapid fire verse that's immediately impactful.
Around this World's every corner lies a surprise. After the futuristic romp of the title track, soulful production and crooning from Pharrell Williams give "Lil' Homie" an old school flavor that feels like 21st century Motown. Tyga and Pharrell lock into another unforgettable tale where "Losing's not an option." Tyga continues on his victory streak for a hat trick with "Muthafucka Up" featuring label mate and current queen of hip hop the inimitable Nicki Minaj.
"Why you acting tough? I heard you work at Build-a-Bear," asks Tyga as a sample of "Crank this muthafucka up" pipes in. The fact that he can drop "Build-a-Bear" into a diss is straight hilarious. Matching his intensity, Minaj takes control with another blazing verse. On the other end of the spectrum, "For the Fame" sees Tyga trading lines with Chris Brown and Wynter Gordon on something of an irresistible love song. By the same token, the record's first single, "Far Away" boasts one of its most powerful hooks from Chris Richardson. With impeccable delivery and smooth cadence, Richardson's voice rises flawlessly in between the rapper's rhymes. The duo makes a love-loss anthem for the ages. Listening to the song is like watching a new dawn for hip hop and pop.
After a twisty guitar lead, Lil Wayne and Tyga tread new territory altogether over an acoustic guitar on the phenomenal slow jam, "Lay You Down." Elsewhere, they both capture pure fire on the club igniter "Faded."
Tyga's made a new hip hop classic that's both diverse and definitive for modern rap. Claws out and teeth bared, Tyga's showing everyone what he's got. This truly is the Rise of the Last King.
Have you heard Careless World: Rise of the Last King?
See our interview with Chris Richardson about "Far Away" here!