You know what they say about opinions….. Here’s mine:
“Grrrrrr”! When I first heard Tyga, he had just stepped onto the scene with Lil Wayne and Young Money. Okay, before I go any further, this won’t be a post about whom he’s dated….dating… ugh 🙄. This is about Tyga’s skill, which was probably why he was chosen to join the super group in the first place. (Don’t argue with me about that last statement. Young Money IS a super group simply because of its super star member roster).
The song that made me stop and appreciate Tyga is ….. “Rack City” 😔. I know, I know. I put it on my guilty pleasures list…. as well as my favorite workout playlist (post coming soon😊). “Rack City” is ignorant as hell, ain’t talmbout a thing uplifting, and is misogynistic, but underneath alla that, is skill. Tyga, hailing from the West Coast 🙌🏾, Vegas to be exact, can flow something serious. The way he effortlessly rides the beat on “Rack City” & presumably any track he’s on, is unmatched in mainstream hip hop today. Quite frankly, I believe it’s why he’s not a megastar right now. The airwaves are over-saturated with “artists” who chase the beat like they’re trying to catch a live chicken.
Tyga’s skill is true to one of the major elements of hip hop, The Flow (which some are working day and night to eradicate). Lack of a flow has even made its way down to the sacred space of hip hop, the battlegrounds as I call them. This trend of just saying words to some random, non-rhythmic cadence is not hip hop. There is a name for that. It’s called Spoken Word. RIDE THE BEAT! RIDE. IT. I’m not trying to get into my feelings right now, so I’m going to save my thoughts on battle rap for a whole – nother day 😒.
Yes things evolve, things grow, but in all things, what always remains is a hint of where it all began. Do me (and yourself) a favor. Click the video on this post, close your eyes, and listen to Tyga’s voice grab the beat by the hand and waltz with her across the floor like rappers used to do back in my day…..the 90s😊.