Put On

Tyga may be coming straight outta Compton, but the tattooed rapper is anything but an N.W.A. clone. The “Coconut Juice” rhyme spitter is a deft blend of hip-hop, pop and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll. He collaborates with his cousin, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, but he’s also in the studio with Lil Wayne recording a guest spot on the upcoming Tha Carter III. And then there’s his affiliation with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, the man who signed him to a deal on Decaydance Records.

Preparing for the release of his debut album No Introduction, dropping June 10, the young newcomer gives XXLmag.com a brief lesson on how to both party like a rock star and how to live in Wayne’s world.

In da Club

Pete Wentz and Weezy might be like apples and oranges in comparison, but Tyga hangs out with both of them at various times. Imagine what it’s like to go from making it rain in the club to mingling at posh Hollywood hills parties.

“When I hang out with Pete, it’s straight Hollywood with people like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears,” Tyga said. “Rockers love to drink. I’m talking about they drink whiskey straight. They don’t wash it down with nothing they just drink it straight. They get messed up to the highest degree. When I’m with Wayne we go harder in the club. Rappers are more flashy in the club. [With] Wayne, they be throwing money everywhere [but when] I’m in the club with Pete, we’re laidback. Rappers like to make their presence known, because we like to let people know we came from nothing and now we have something.”


Rappers like to talk about how hard they grind, but handing out CDs and flyers on the street and having 1,000 plus MySpace fans isn’t exactly like loading up in the van with the band.

“A lot of hip-hop artists grind but not like a lot of these rock artists do,” Tyga explained. “Hip-hop artists like to do shows but they don’t do tours until they come out; where you got a rock artist, they grind it out for years and years and just keep performing [anywhere they can]. I respect rock more because they really grind it out—[they] be in vans [touring] and all types of stuff. Hip-hop artists [grind too] but you don’t really see a lot of hip-hop tours. Rock artists are always on tour. You don’t really see a lot of hip-hop tours all the time, that’s why it’s so big it’s like duh, duh, duh is on tour.”

Groupie Luv

Groupie love is worldwide no matter what type of artist you are, but there’s a difference between friendly and being friendly.

“The groupies be the same,” Tyga said. “The only thing is, I’m just now learning if they are groupies or not. Because with hip-hop, it’s like, you know certain females or how certain people act. But with the rock and the pop crowd you don’t really know [if they’re] just fans or groupies. Caucasian people are real friendly so I don’t really know how to read them that well, so I’m learning.”

Party People

With a recent string of violence at hip-hop concerts, it seems fans in the genre are opting for mean mugging and ice grilling over waving hands in the air.

“I like rock crowds more than hip-hop crowds,” Tyga said. “Hip-hop crowds will just sit there and look at you and just wait for that song that’s huge on the radio to come out. But rock [crowds] are more energetic. If they respect what you do they’ll mess with you hard, but if they don’t they won’t boo you but they’ll just be like get outta here. Rock crowds are real tough, but being that I have respect in the whole rock/pop world, all my shows be good. People be the same. If I’m doing the single “Coconut Juice” or if I’m doing a mixtape song I did years ago in my room, people still go crazy. It all depends where you at though, too. Because now mostly everybody likes rock music. Most of the rock people like the hip-hop stuff now, too, so it be a mixture of people at every show.

Stylin’ On You

Tight jeans, previously a rock staple, along with big hair and tacky tattoos, has been running rampant in hip-hop style lately, trumping the original mantra of the baggier the better. But enough is enough.

“Rappers are trying too hard that’s why they’re jeans are too tight, because they don’t know what they’re doing,” Tyga explained. “I don’t think it has anything to do with the way a person dresses. When you get to know a person it don’t even matter. But if somebody trying be on some gangsta stuff you don’t really want to see them in tight jeans.”

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  • yo

    You dont see alot of hip hop artist on tour because coming up in the game for our genre is a whole different grind. In alot of places they dont want to deal with hip hop because the owners of these clubs, venues, bars or wherever think that it brings a bad element to their establishment. They would just rather not deal with it all together. You either have to be on the come up( like the cool kids. I dont like them or dislike them but they are a great example) or made it to be a touring hip hop act. Other than that, its just trying to get on.

    So maybe tyga shouldn’t just throw around the word respect

  • http://www.theurbandaily.com Kevin L. Clark

    Keep up the great work, Starr! Good piece. Not really into Tyga, either, but the ladies dance to the song…

  • http://www.sweeneykovar.wordpress.com sweeneykovar

    I always see Blu running around doing shows, Elzhi and Phat Kat just came back from europe, THe Roots always hit the road hard,

    lmao at this Tyga fool.

    • FaMe

      he’s obviously talking about up and coming rappers. stop looking for sh*t to hate on. he made some good points. you’re probably one of the losers wearing tight pants now cause Santana and them did it first. Have any of you noticed that they got all of you idiots hyped on that rockstar sh*t and they don’t even wear it anymore? You people are gullible as f*ck and the reason why people like soulja boy are allowed to even make records

      • yo

        YOu contradicted yourself like 5 times in one post.

    • ill G

      I aint really heard bout them other two u mentioned but the roots do hit the road hard…but then again i dont really think of them as HIP HOP i think of them as a BAND that plays good music period… and they are a band they all play sum kind of instrument, they all have talent…gettin on stage and rappin to a beat aint talent…pickin up a instrument…thats talent

      • http://www.sweeneykovar.wordpress.com sweeneykovar

        if someone can captivate and audience with just turntables/DAT player and a mic. that’s talent.

        yeah you might not have heard of the other two, thats the problem. much better shit than this Tyga fool.

  • Jazz Man

    Tyga is on point with what the difference between the two genres are as far as the grind. Sweeneykover…The Roots are established first off and yes there are groups and single acts out that tour overseas and around the country, but the difference between a select few and the majority is how they carry themselves. Nobody is going to mess with someone if they don’t have the business manners or no how to carry themselves. Perfect example…Jim Jones isn’t walking into corporate offices or spots speaking how he would to one of the homies on the block or the video clips you see. It’s presented in a grown man (I’m trying to show you I’m mature) kind of way. Too many of the rap/hip hop cats don’t know how to hustle correctly. But if you grinding you can tour…you just have to be creative and willing to think out the box.

    • http://www.sweeneykovar.wordpress.com sweeneykovar

      “Too many of the rap/hip hop cats don’t know how to hustle correctly. But if you grinding you can tour…you just have to be creative and willing to think out the box.”

      i completely agree.

      but cats like Tyga and others like him are a perfect example of how to NOT do it.

      • http://facebook jaydah

        I dont agree adt all!

  • Clayton

    Never heard of him, and he looks gay. Tell Lil Wayne to cosign that.

  • Don Dodda

    this site used to be great. i can see why its fallen off though with stuff like this.

  • Clayton

    I’ve never heard of him, and he looks stupid like every other new rapper. Tell Lil Wayne to cosign that.

  • WANG

    i aint gon lie….i waz feelin dat coconut juice song…..on top of dat da ladies like it

    so if it get me da pussie ima play dat shit

  • Prize

    Just what hip hop needs… more pretty boy rappers. (sigh)

    • WANG

      ill co sign to dat 1

  • moresickaMC

    didnt this dude get his chains robbed by 40 glocc?

    smarten up

    • Caine

      I was just bout to say dat. They got all da pics of 40 Glocc, and I think another nigga wearin all dis niggas jewelery. SMH…

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    Do you knooooow where you’re going to. HA!

  • dakid305

    …..y they didnt ask about …his chain gettn snatch? if it was real or not…even if there was videos n pictures out…is it?

  • Jamiesha

    i do not know what to say i am speechless

  • Anonymous

    tyga is so ugly but on the top picture with the hat he look much much better.

  • Anonymous

    he looks better no way. he is a peice of junk and is just filled with tattos. BUT ugly tattoes. he think he look cute but he NOT..

    all im trying to say is he is noe attractive AT ALL….

    • I LUV TYGA


  • Sade r

    what ya facebook page

  • http://Myspace Neisha

    i love tyga im your #1 fan

  • Tyga

    HEar Hiz Mixtape Shit It goes Hard
    Fukk ALl Yall Haters

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    ur so fuqqin fine

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