The Wrap Up Interviews Tyga In The UK

March 30, 2011 by Danny M


The Wrap Up Interviews Tyga In The UK

When Tyga was in England earlier this month, The Wrap Up caught up with him to discuss his upcoming Careless World album, what his relationship with Drake and Nicki Minaj is like, how he met Lil Wayne, his style, the Last Kings clothing line, tattoos, Dotstar, growing up in Compton, Chris Brown, and plenty more! Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

The Wrap Up: Hi Tyga, nice to meet you! How are you finding being in London?

Tyga: It’s good, because the energy is always good when I come over here. People really love the movement that I’ve got going on, as well as the Young Money movement, so you know; it’s really appreciated when I come over here! I’m actually doing like a two-week tour, just supporting new records and singles that I’ve got coming out and mixtapes that I’m on.

TWU: Two weeks? Whoa! That’s not just in London though, right?

Tyga: We’ve got about 6/7 shows out here in Europe. We started in, erm, I forgot where we started, I think it was Switzerland or something like that (laughs).

TWU: Have you been able to take in our beautiful city yet?

Tyga: Not yet. I had two shows here, but I really didn’t get to see the city or anything like that. We will see, though. I’m here for like a week or so!

TWU: Okay, let’s just go back to the beginning. For those that don’t know, you were raised in Compton, California. How was it for you growing up there?

Tyga: I think it’s the same as anybody growing up really, but just in a predominantly negative neighborhood. As far as it goes for me, it was more about what I went through in life to figure out what I wanted to do, in terms of music and stuff. I dropped out of high school when I was like 15, so I just focused on doing music. It’s all I wanted to do, I didn’t want to work or anything else. I took all the negativity and obstacles that came with life and I just put it in the music.

TWU: Speaking of music, how did the whole Young Money move come about for you?

Tyga: I met Lil Wayne at an award show a couple of years ago and we just chopped it up, exchanged info, sent him some songs and I flew out there and did a couple of songs with him. I just kicked it with him, like, as a friend and I wasn’t signed to him, I only just signed to Young Money probably like 6 months ago when Nicki Minaj and Drake signed. We’ve just always been friends and stuff like that and have always done music together.

TWU: What is your relationship like with Nicki? She came to London a while ago and caused roadblocks everywhere that she went!

Tyga: (Laughs) We have got a good relationship. I actually talked to Nicki yesterday, I told her that I was out here and she just told me it was crazy when she was out here. Its good having a relationship with all of them, because a lot of successful artists – they won’t share their success with you as far as what you need to watch out for and stuff like that. Being that everything is in-house, you can ask Drake certain things, you can ask Wayne stuff, so you can always learn stuff being around each other.

TWU: Do you guys ever have friendly competition?

Tyga: Nah, because I think everybody is different. Everybody is a different age, everybody talks about different things and everybody has a different sound! Also, everybody is from a different place, so it’s really no competition…

TWU: Cool! We hear one of our own UK artists, Dotstar, just got signed to Young Money. I think we all need some confirmation on that…

Tyga: Yeah, I actually did a song with him, but I don’t know about a ‘signing’, I haven’t heard anything about anybody’s signing. I could be wrong, I’m not sure; I’m not super up to date unless I talk to somebody.

TWU: How would you personally describe your sound?

Tyga: I don’t think I’ve established my sound 100% yet. I’ve been dropping only mixtapes, so people know what I can do but they haven’t heard the full 100% potential that I have. That’s why I’m dropping this album, ‘Careless World’.

TWU: Talking of your new album, ‘Carless World’, when is that due to be released?

Tyga: We don’t have a release date yet, that’s what I was talking to Birdman about. We don’t just want to put a release date on it; we just want to drop songs. To me, right now, my album is done. If I wanted to put it out tomorrow, I could. I just want to keep recording and dropping singles and when the time is right, you know? It’s all about timing, you’ve got Wayne, he’s about to drop ‘Tha Carter IV’ and Chris is about to drop his album, so a lot of my friends are about to drop music. Everything has to be timed right!

TWU: You recently got nominated for a Grammy for the track you did with Chris Brown, ‘Deuces’. How did it feel to be nominated for such a prestigious award?

Tyga: It was a good feeling! I don’t think more for me, but more for Chris – for those people recognizing him after all the stuff he went through and then for him to just do this on his own – it meant a lot to him. We were just in the studio and we said, ‘Let’s do something, let’s do a mixtape! Something that your fans have never seen from you’, and it worked. That was my first Grammy Award show that I’ve ever been to, so it was a good feeling being there and seeing all of the people you listen to or you grew up on alongside with you.

TWU: Did you both expect ‘Fan Of A Fan’ to get as much recognition as it did?

Tyga: I mean, you should never doubt yourself, but at the end of the day, you never know what is gonna happen. You just know what you believe in.

TWU: Speaking of Chris, he’s been targeted in the news for so many different reasons over the past couple of years. What’s your relationship like with him?

Tyga: Me and Chris, we’re just homies. He actually just moved to Los Angeles, so we just be chilling all the time. So when I see stuff on the news, it’s funny to me, because I know him on a personal level.

TWU: Okay, let’s talk ‘Careless World’. What can we expect from you on this album?

Tyga: I think you’ll get to know me more as a person and you’ll get to know more of my sound and the type of music that I bring. The music I make is real mellow music. I’m not from the South, so I never made music like how Wayne and the others did, like real hard, head-banging club music. However, I’d still like to do that type of stuff, I’d still like to rap like that, but for now – my music is mellower – it’s more like a story. You’ve got music for people when they’re in the clubs, when they’re amped and going crazy, then you’ve got the music for people when they’ve come back from the clubs, drunk and now everybody’s chilling in a room. I would put my music right there; everybody can just chill and can listen to it.

TWU: What would you say is your favorite song on the album?

Tyga: My favorite song is actually a secret song on there, that’s probably my favorite song. You’re really not going to know it’s on the album until you listen to it, you might just be sitting there for a minute and not know that the song is even there!

TWU: Focusing on the title, ‘Careless World’, what does that actually mean?

Tyga: It’s basically like a world I configured in my head whilst I was asleep; the whole album is like a movie. We’re actually filming a mini movie for it, and from intro to the end, it’s like me waking up and then realizing that it was all just a dream. It’s all the things that happen in this world, but in it, I’m the leader of my own life. It’s about me struggling to eventually getting to the glory, people turning on me, hating, people trying to kill me in this world but still remaining to be a leader. It’s really a story, if you had to put an image to it, I would say it would just be real apocalyptic type, you know?

TWU: Wow! Sounds good. Okay, so you’re quite young, aren’t you? How are you coping with all this fame at such an early age?

Tyga: I don’t really look at my age, because I think people younger than me go through crazier shit. You watch fucking MTV, where you got kids on ‘16 & Pregnant’, people go through stuff all the time. So yeah, I really don’t think age has anything to do with it.

TWU: Okay, moving on. Since you’ve been in the UK, have you managed to hear any of our talented artists?

Tyga: Well, I heard Tinie Tempah, I listened to a couple of his tracks, I like Chipmunk and I also like Wiley. I haven’t really got into the underground circuit out here, so I’m not sure.

TWU: Speaking of Wiley, he’s an underground pioneer over here. How did you manage to hear him out there?

Tyga: I watch all the Tim Westwood freestyles and stuff, and that’s where I see a lot of the artists over here, when they do their freestyles.

TWU: We respect that! Not only are you doing music, but you’re also getting into fashion too. Tell us about your clothing line, Last Kings…

Tyga: That’s my clothing line that I decided to put out. I’ve been thinking about it since last year, but I didn’t want to go public with it until I was sure this is what I wanted to do. Basically, I just got tired of wearing other people’s clothes (laughs). I wanted to do something that represents me and how my life is. It’s all about being a king, being a royal and relying on only you.

TWU: Do you think there’s a difference between US and UK swagger?

Tyga: I think the only difference is how you guys talk – as far as dressing – the style is the same. It’s almost like you guys pick up on it before the US pick up on it. You guys appreciate American style more than Americans do!

TWU: You’re pretty tattooed up too, I noticed. What do they represent?

Tyga: Tattoo’s, for me, are like a timeline of my life. I could look at a certain tattoo and it reminds of me of a certain time in my life and why I got that tattoo.

TWU: So everything you get has to mean something to you? You wouldn’t get an ice cream cone on your face?

Tyga: (Laughs) Nah!

TWU: Have you seen Gucci Mane’s tattoo?

Tyga: It’s crazy, but that’s him! Certain people just think different. I been with him in the studio before, he’s intelligent to me, but in his own type of way.

TWU: Cool. So Tyga, we heard you like to party. Any truth in that?

Tyga: True (laughs). With Wayne being out of jail, every party we go to, he’ll just go to the DJ booth and perform for like an hour! Stuff we’d never do, so now it’s really fun when we go out.

TWU: We look forward to hearing more about that in times to come. Thanks for the hospitality!

Tyga: (Laughs) You’re welcome!

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6 Responses to “The Wrap Up Interviews Tyga In The UK”

  1. YungNizzy14 Says:

    Man Tyga is someone who if i met on the street me and dat dude could bef friends we really aint different from the way i see it i would act the same way if i were famous YMCMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. lol Says:



  3. lilweezyfan1 Says:

    awsome interview 🙂 i love tyga 🙂


  4. lil volcano Says:

    ymcmb all day


  5. Kay Dawkins Says:

    I LUV U TYGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. dboy Says:

    Tyga is dat nigga.


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