Best Buy yanked Tyga’s album from its stores last week due to sample clearing issues, but it’s back on the stores’ shelves now, XXLMag.com has learned. That news made the YMCMB rapper’s solid performance at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Wednesday night (Feb. 29) all the more sweeter.
Tyga Tyga threw the sold-out New York City crowd of several hundred teenagers into a frenzy by performing various hits off his LP, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, and welcoming guests like Big Sean and Fabolous.
The show came after XXLMag.com reported last week that Best Buy and Target, two of the nation’s largest retailers, originally weren’t selling Careless World: Rise of the Last King in their stores due to a failure of clearing a sample of Martin Luther King’s famous, “I Have A Dream” speech, that drew the ire of the MLK estate. However, Carolyn Aberman, Best Buy’s Public Relations Senior Manager, confirmed with XXLMag.com that Tyga’s album has been re-shelved in stores “as of now.” She declined, however, to get into the specifics of what caused the change of heart. Meanwhile, Target hasn’t returned XXLMag.com’s request for a statement, as of yet.
That being said, nothing stopped young Tyga from rocking the stage on Wednesday night. With a huge Egyptian pharoah displayed overhead, Tyga took the stage in a yellow and red Rick-Ross-esque silk jacket and a fresh pair of Jordans.
“Make some noise if you illegally downloaded my shit,” Tyga joked to the young crowd.
He warmed the crowd up with his freestyle over Future’s anthem, “Tony Montana,” before bring out one of the night’s opening acts, YG. The former XXL Freshman performed his “Bitches Ain’t Shit” track, which Tyga is featured on. The guest appearances weren’t done yet, however.
The crowd erupted when the Compton MC brought out Big Sean to assist him on “I’m Gone,” a cut off Careless World. Sean referred to Tyga as a “legend” and Tyga promised fans that the two would be concocting more bangers soon.
Tyga kept moving the crowd with “Kings and Queens” and “Snapbacks Back,” his spin off of Meek Mill’s “Tupac Back,” which had concertgoers lifting their snapback hats in the air. He got another assist from his pint-sized artist Honey Cocaine, as the two laced their cut, “Heisman.” Tyga also turned it up with “Faded,” his freestyle over Drake’s “Motto” and his smash hit, “Rack City.”
For “Lap Dance,” Tyga took off his shirt and surfed through the crowd, as overzealous brace-faced female fans tugged at him in hopes of copping feels.
Tyga wasn’t done yet, jumping into his verse on Chris Brown’s “Deuces” and his own single, “Far Away,” before giving the fans an encore of “Rack City,” this particular version including Fabolous. Fab came out wearing a fresh pair of black and red Nike Galaxy Foamposites with a coat of the same colors to match. His guest appearance served as the perfect closer to Tyga’s show.
Earlier in the night, Tyga had help from his YMCMB brethren, Lil Twist. The 19-year-old, rocking Jeremy Scott sneakers, performed his single, “Turnt Up,” and a few other records in a short set, before handing the mic over to YG.
Under the weather, the Cali rapper still had enough energy to perform cuts like “Toot It and Boot It” and have the crowd chant, “Fuck the Police” due to a friend of his that he claims is staring at three life sentences.
Both Twist and YG will be dropping projects on March 20, Don’t Get It Twisted and the 4 Hunnid Degreez mixtape, respectively. Meanwhile, despite not being carried in select stores, Tyga’s, Careless World, moved 61,000 copies in its debut last week, landing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. —Mark Lelinwalla