From Compton 2 South Beach: Tyga Talks His New Album, “Rack City,” Lil Wayne, Odd Future & Chyna Blac In Miami

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22-year-old rapper Tyga is one of the hottest new artists on the come-up. The Compton native is signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. He already appeared on tracks with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman and Lil Wayne. His current single, “Rack City,” just reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and  his new single “Faded” Ft. Lil Wayne is buzzing on urban radio stations across the country. While in Miami, recording features and running the city with Birdman, Complex magazine caught-up Tyga for an exclusive interview. He talked about his single “Rack City,” Lil Wayne, Odd Future and Chyna Blac. Below are some excerpts:

What are you doing in Miami?

Tyga: I’m recording. I was shooting a remix video for “Rack City” and I just ended up staying.

Who’s on the remix?

Wale, Fabolous, Jeezy, T.I. and Meek Mill.

The album is finished?

Yeah, it’s all turned in. Pre-orders go up this week.

What’s the release date if it’s not January 24th anymore?

We’re looking at February 7th. Hopefully.

What story are you telling?

It’s the story about me becoming king in this place I call Careless World. It goes through me being at the bottom trying to get to the top and going through war, love, and stuff like that.

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I saw “Rack City” hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Yeah, that’s pretty dope. It’s crazy that a song from a mixtape, a song that I thought would just be regional, is worldwide now.

I know you met Lil Wayne at the VMAs years ago and he ended up getting in touch with you. What’s your relationship with him like now? What about you and Birdman?

I’ve been with them all week. That’s why I come to Miami, because this is their home. Me and Wayne had a long conversation the other day. He was just telling me about certain strategies, and how to keep it going. Just giving me some advice. But you have to learn on your own. It’s not like you need someone to tell you what to do, but the help is always there.

Is there one thing they said that hit you as particularly great advice?

It’s not what they say, but more what they do. Just being able to see how they move and be in the studio every night. Videos. Tours. To see their hustle and take my new artist hunger and add that to it. The one thing about them is that they don’t talk a lot. It’s their actions, really.

What’s your ultimate goal as an artist?

I want to make people feel certain ways when they listen to my music. Whether it’s partying or going through relationship problems or grinding or getting dressed and feeling fly. I want to be who I am and have emotion in my music that affects people.

What do you to say to people who hate on “Rack City” for not being lyrical enough?

If it was lyrical, with big-ass words and shit, do you think half the world could relate to that? No, they can’t. When I’m drunk, I’m not reciting any real difficult shit. I don’t want to hear shit like that when I’m drunk. I want to party. I want to have fun. People have got to understand that there’s music for every type of thing. Hip-hop isn’t “It has to be this topic and this topic only. Struggling, talking about drugs and the streets only.” That’s not hip-hop. That’s not music. Those are just motherfuckers who are stuck in their ways. If you don’t like the song, turn off the TV and turn off the radio and listen to your preference of music.

Do you like what Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar have done coming out of your city?

Yeah, it’s dope. Kendrick, man. I had his first mixtape when I was like 15 in high school. So coming from the same place, to see how much he’s grown as an artist is crazy. That dude is a really hard worker. I think it’s good. The other thing is that we’re all young.

Is this Chyna Blac girl you’ve been photographed out with, like your girl?

Nah, just chilling, man. Like I said, you get a hit song and people are like hawks now. I’ve done way crazier stuff that people will probably never hear about, but it didn’t matter back then. I guess everything matters now.

Read the entire interview over at Complex magazine.

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