Tyga
Hotel California


2.5
average

Review

by knottsknocks USER (12 Reviews)
April 21st, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 04/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With infectuous hooks, catchy beats, and a hungry flow, Tyga proves unfortunately, that still isn't enough.

Tyga has achieved a legendary reputation due to the rapid success of "Rack City." Legendary in the sense that everyone and their grandma has heard "Rack City." Your average music listeners or amateur critics will groan at the mention of anyone associated with YMCMB, aside from Drake. The prospect of reviewing a Tyga album is difficult. If you, the reviewer, dislike the album, you'll be accused of being a hipster who's incapable of enjoying a catchy hook or infectious beat, which is mostly his trademark. If you like the album, you'll have the amateurs shouting he's the worst rapper to ever live, and you're not a true hip-hop fan. "Careless World" was average at best, although I really do enjoy "Rack City," and "Faded" which are, in the context of rap music, easy listening. I don't particularly mind rappers or musicians of Tyga's ilk, even if you're an average lyricist, if you carry interesting and enjoyable production, that's enough for me to possibly give your work more than a single listen. Is "Hotel California" worth a spin? Tyga has basically taken simplistic, snare and synth driven beats and talked about how he's either going to get drunk, high, pop a molly, or *** your bitch. Any tracks that delve into other subject matter are Tyga out of his comfort zone, which makes him sound strained. Like a try hard. And he's at his best when he spits reckless braggadocio and cheesy punchlines. This album tries to establish itself as the definitive spring release, and at times it hits the reckless, yet enjoyable sound casual fans are looking for, while other times it misses the mark by throwing out thought provoking cuts. But you can't handle philosophical or emotional themes if you're an idiot.

The lyrics on the album are simplistic and average at best. Mostly, Tyga is throwing out hashtag rap, which is a colloquialism for artists too lazy to produce complex metaphors or even a simplistic simile. An example is "All I do is chop, butcher shop." from the track "500 Degrees." This is just a random excerpt to demonstrate the YMCMB trademark. You could say that a lady "grasps her finger on my gold/slowly takes a twist/Twista out the game because he ain't got what's on my wrist." Instead of those like Lil' Wayne and Drake who elect for the classic killer line "I'm twisted, doorknob." So, what's the current YMCMB business plan? Just write a bunch of random rhyming words, squeeze them into a short rap, have DJ Mustard hit you with a simple track and that's your main single? It's not difficult to write some more complex or interesting lines, I have a five-year old cousin who can write poems in about two minutes that are superior to your five minute tracks. If you have a dedicated fanbase, it's morally right to give them material you feel is your best work. If an artist releases work this lyrically simplistic or idiotic, and they don't feel it's their best work, that's morally wrong. If they feel it is their best work, then they should admit they are terrible musicians and not the "best rappers alive." Either demonstrate you're worth my time, or admit you aren't, Tyga.

I enjoy the production on the album a lot. It's never overwhelmingly enjoyable, but almost every beat on "Hotel California" is worth a head nod. "500 Degrees", "Dope", "Get Loose", and "Molly" are not only standouts of the album, they represent some of the better instrumental work of 2013. And most of the choices fit Tyga's flow and style of rapping. The synths and snares almost meld with Tyga's rapping to make some perfect anthems for those wishing to cruise around and rap along, strip clubs, and any other situation where Tyga would be appropriate. There isn't another "Rack City" present on the album, but the tracks I've mentioned actually come pretty close.

Tyga's flow is insane on "Hotel California," even though his lyrics may be sub-par. With the thumping, infectious production, he pulls through to give almost every track a sense of "can't touch this" bravada and confidence that isn't believable in Drake, or even Lil' Wayne these days. While most mainstream club rappers often sound insincere when they spit a track about getting money, stealing your girl, or anything of that nature, they sound insincere or bored. Tyga manages to keep up the in-the-moment enthusiasm and almost angry arrogance that makes this album worth being released. To conclude, although this is an appropriation of hashtag rap and unclever lyricism, the insanely hard-hitting simple beats and quality braggiodocio on this work, although getting a bit stagnant, still maintains a sense of artistic integrity. Therh's absolutely nothing here that makes me want to be a serious Tyga fan, but there's still enough for me to be interested in his future projects and hope that he can ascend to something greater. He's got the talent, he just needs to appeal to a slightly more intelligent audience.

Recommended tracks:

Dope

Molly

Get Loose


Tracks to avoid:

For the Road

Enemies

Get Rich



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Cygnatti
April 21st 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This guy is horrible.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013


50458 Comments


Replace the T with an N if you know what I'm sayin

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sideburndude
April 21st 2013


2782 Comments


ugh this guy

Cygnatti
April 21st 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A lot of hip hop fans irl call me a hipster because I don't enjoy super shitty hiphop.

sideburndude
April 21st 2013


2782 Comments


I can relate to that

MMX
April 21st 2013


4818 Comments


I like Well Done 1 & 2, but this is just bad. The guy just keeps getting worse

J0ckstrapsFTW
April 22nd 2013


3652 Comments


Rack rack... Oh wait

oltnabrick
April 22nd 2013


30912 Comments


steal ya bitch




call it hijack

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HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2013


1629 Comments


"Tyga has achieved a legendary reputation due to the rapid success of "Rack City."

Ah, legendary? I dunno bout that. Review reads more positive than the score suggests.

Killerhit
April 23rd 2013


5250 Comments


BITCHES GETTIN LOOSE RIDE THRU ON YO BLACK MAN
IN THE DROP HAIR, BLACK, JEANS, MAKE A BITCH CHEAT NOT CARE
YOUNG COVE IN THE POP, BILLS POP, BANDS
PUT A PRICE ON YO HEAD, DIE FAST, LIVE YOUNG NIQQA

GOT MILLS AINT A DUMB NIQQA

REAL MOTHERFUCKIN G'S RIP EZ-E
I TEED UP BITCH LET A NIQQA NUT

SHE GON NEED A WHITE FLAG WHEN A NIQQA MURDER THAT ASS

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YO YO WORD
BITCHES GETTIN LOOSE

RosaParks
September 8th 2013


14914 Comments


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SnoopDoggReborn
December 19th 2013


19 Comments


This amphibian ass lookin muthafucka means the same thing to rap what ukuleles mean to basketball…not a damn thing. Only thing softer n more corny than a soft n corny ass nigga is a soft n corny ass nigga who dont recognize his own soft corniness n tries to portray hisself as a don or some shit. Meanwhile the nigga looks like a newborn rodent. I got jeans that weigh more than this muthafucka b.



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