Tyga knows exactly what he wants to do with his career. Regardless if his sophomore set, Hotel California, was less successful than his Cash Money debut, 2012′s Careless World, Tyga is already on to the next one. He just released the fourth installment of his Well Done mixtape series that features appearances from Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Fabolous. He’s quietly working on a follow-up to Hotel California titled The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, describing it as darker and made for late night party-hopping. Looking back at Tyga’s discography, it shows his consistency to put out new music every few months to keep things fresh. Not a bad business model.
Outside of music, Tyga has spent 2013 getting ready to launch his first flagship store in Los Angeles for his clothing line Last Kings, aiming to open the location on Fairfax in January. Meanwhile, Tyga is balancing life as a rap star and a father, recently celebrating his son King Cairo’s 1st birthday with his girlfriend Blac Chyna. Tyga understands he’s juggling a lot of different things at once, but it’s what motivates him to keep going every day.
XXL caught up with the 24-year-old West Coast rapper about a variety of topics that summed up his year, as well as his relationship with Justin Bieber, the lack of promotion for Hotel California, and his obsession with Egyptian culture. We also get his thoughts on YMCMB’s newest signees—which reportedly include Game. Jump right in. —Eric Diep
XXL: When did you start Last Kings? It must have been years in the making.
Tyga: I came up with the idea four years ago. It was just like really something I started doing research on. Something I felt like I connected with. First off, just into the art of the Egyptian stuff. I started looking into it and the meanings. What they represented and the energies and all that stuff. I just turned it into my music brand. And then I started putting logos on t-shirts for merch. Now, it’s a full-blown clothing line.
Now, you are shifting gears to music. You got the single out now called “Wait For A Minute.”
“Wait For A Minute” is actually a joint collaboration with me and [Justin] Bieber. It was actually supposed to be on his album. Just the timing and everything, I put it out. We both work it. Get the look from it. I’m working on the “Good Day” video ’cause I just dropped my mixtape. [ It’s] with me, Wayne and Meek Mill. I put the mixtape out ’cause I have so many songs for the album that I am not going to put on the album that I need to put out right now. That’s what I did for the mixtape. I have other singles lined up for January that I want do. When you drop a mixtape, people want those as singles. So, I’m gonna actually shoot a video for that one.
What do you think about Bieber’s growth as an artist right now?
All the songs that he has been dropping, I could listen to those songs, you know what I mean? It’s not like pop. It just feels like early Justin Timberlake when he was working with Pharrell. He started getting that swag, growing into himself. As you grow, your music grows.