ARTIST PROFILE

TYGA

Name: TYGA

Birthday: November 19, 1989

Fav Dish: Cake Yogurt

Micheal Ray Stevenson was born November 19, 1989, known by his stage name Tyga, an ackronym for Thank You God Always), is an American rapper. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records (formerly Universal Republic Records). His major label debut Careless World: Rise of the Last King, includes the singles “Rack City”, “Faded” featuring fellow Young Money artist Lil Wayne, “Far Away” featuring Chris Richardson, “Still Got It” featuring Drake, and “Make It Nasty”. He released his third album Hotel California, on April 9, 2013, and includes the singles “Dope” featuring Rick Ross, “For The Road” featuring Chris Brown, and “Show You” featuring Future. His fourth studio album The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, was released June 23, 2015, after several delays.

Tyga’s third studio album, Hotel California, was released on April 9, 2013. The first single, “Dope”, was released on December 25. The song has a notable feature from rapper Rick Ross. Before the single dropped Tyga released a nine-track mixtape under the name 187. 187 the mixtape was released on November 30, 2012. It features remixes to songs such as 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different”, Meek Mill’s “Young & Gettin’ It” and GOOD Music’s “Clique”, among others and new material. Tyga will also release a second Fan of a Fan mixtape with singer Chris Brown. On episode three of Tyga’s tour vlog Tyga confirmed four features on the upcoming album, including Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. Tyga performed at Harvard University’s Yardfest in the Spring of 2013, despite opposition from critics who’ve signed a petition seeking to keep him away over what they call his “violently misogynistic lyrics.” At this time, Tyga collaborated with singer Sabi on her song “Cali Love”.

Hotel California was released on April 9, 2013. The album featured guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Game, Wiz Khalifa, Future and Jadakiss. Along with production by Cool & Dre, David D.A. Doman, DJ Mustard, Detail, Mars of 1500 or Nothin’, The Olympicks, and SAP among others. The album was supported by three official singles — “Dope” which features Rick Ross, “For the Road” featuring Chris Brown, and “Show You” featuring Future, along with the promotional single “Molly”. The album was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. It also was less successful than his debut album commercially, debuting at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 54,000 copies in the United States.

On August 27, 2013, Tyga released a new single with DJ Mustard, “Throw It Up”. It was also revealed that he was working on two new mixtapes, Black Thought 3 and Well Done 4, as well as The Gold Album. On October 21, 2013, Tyga premiered “Wait for a Minute” featuring Justin Bieber. It was released to iTunes the following day. He then confirmed that an album would be released in early 2014. He also explained that the album would, be more “way less commercial.” He also said “I felt like Hotel California was more commercial and I made more radio-type records. This album is straight rap.” Then on April 9, 2014 Tyga released a song called “Hookah” which features the rapper Young Thug.

On May 1, 2014 Tyga made a tweet referring to Kanye West, Mike Dean, and his own producer Jess Jackson with a hash-tag The Gold Album. Kanye West is serving as the executive producer for the album, which is due for release on November 18, 2014. Tyga was also featured on Chris Brown’s single “Loyal”, he was featured on the video version, the song since then peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. On May 28, 2014, Tyga released a new song entitled “Real Deal” via SoundCloud. “Real Deal” was later released on iTunes on August 1, 2014. On September 12, 2014 Tyga Announced via his instagram that his new single titled “40 Mill” which will be produced by Kanye West, Mike Dean, Dupri and his own producer Jess Jackson, artwork, The release date was not revealed though. The album was set to have features from Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Drake. Tyga released the Kanye West produced 40 Mill on October 14, 2014; the media gave it positive feedback.

On December 4, 2014, Tyga made a tweet declaring his fourth album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty would be released independently due to not being on good terms with label Cash Money Records. On June 23, 2015, Tyga released The Gold Album on Spotify then on iTunes three days later.

His reality show Kingin’ with Tyga premiered on July 24, 2015, on MTV2.

On October 21, 2014, Tyga lashed out on his record label Young Money Entertainment, reporting that his album was completed, but that his music was being “held hostage” by the label, who would not allow him to release it, and stated that he was considering leaking the album

Tyga criticized Drake and Nicki Minaj in an October 2014 interview, calling Drake “fake”, saying:

“I tend to distance myself from them. I’m tryna go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki,” Tyga told Vibe in a story that published last week. “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.”

In June 2008, Tyga was robbed of his jewelry by unknown assailants. A pair of diamond chains would end up in the hands of local rapper 40 Glocc, who showed them off in an online video. Tyga would eventually admit to the robbery, but said 40 Glocc wasn’t behind it. “Some niggas seen me and ran up on me with a little burner… I guess 40 Glocc’s peoples robbed the peoples that got me, and then hopped on YouTube, talking about they robbed me.

Tyga met Blac Chyna on October 5, 2011, at The F.A.M.E Tour After Party with Chris Brown at King of Diamonds in Miami. Blac Chyna became Tyga’s leading lady in his “Rack City” music video. They became an official couple on November 9, 2011 and posed for the cover of Urban Ink magazine in March 2012. On October 16, 2012, their son, King Cairo Stevenson was born; and Tyga purchased a $6.5 million mansion in Calabasas, California for his new family. Both parents sport tattoos of their son’s name. In December 2012, Blac Chyna confirmed that she and Tyga were engaged.

The couple later split in 2014. After months of speculation, Tyga finally confirmed his relationship with reality star Kylie Jenner. However, this relationship sparked controversy in the tabloids, because of the age difference, and they were reportedly dating since Jenner was 16. The legal age of consent in the state of California is 18.The couple split in May 2016

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