Tyga "Hotel California" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:31:28
California needed a new king. It got something better. It got Tyga. On his brand new full-length, Hotel California, the Los Angeles MC conjures the same spirit of Cali hip-hop that coursed through seminal releases from Dr. Dre, 2Pac, and Snoop Dogg in the early nineties. However, make no mistake about, Tyga is the future.
Album opener "500 Degrees" mounts from a skittering beat and shimmering keys into his succinct, slick, and sharp cadence as he goes on to "ball like a NERF". Tyga's technically proficient and he can drop a powerful hook like, "All I do is turn a bitch 500 Degrees". That's real talk. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne rips through the middle of the track with a sly, slippery verse that sees New Orleans and L.A. represented better than ever. Rick Ross joins him on "Dope", which is meant to be bumped at full volume driving down Sunset Blvd., while "Diss Song" writhes from soulful grooves into a shimmering hook from Tyga. At the same time, it's confessional reflecting, "Wrote down the shit I saw, now I don't look at shit the same". Cedric Gervais adds an EDM pop to "Molly" as Wiz Khalifa and Tyga head straight to the club on the rawest dance floor jam of 2013. "It Neva Rains" could've come right of Roger Troutman's mind as L.A. cohort Game lights up an incendiary rhyme with Tyga. That's the Cali gem we've all been mining for.
However, the album's standout is the closing track "Palm Trees". It's a slow rumination that name-checks "The Illuminati" and talks money, life, God, and more. "Fuck everybody, palm trees," he declares as an orchestral sound swells in the background.
Hotel California doesn't just represent the next level for Tyga but for the West Coast. Stay a while at one of the best hip-hop albums of 2013.
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