Tyga – Bitch I’m The Shit 2 (Album Review)

“She thinks my house is haunted/I know you see the ghost”

Since his much publicised (and criticised) relationship with Kylie Jenner began in 2014, Tyga has become one of the more recent victims of the famous Kardashian/Jenner curse. His fourth studio album, “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” sold only 5,000 copies and while his mainstream popularity rocketed, his music career went in the opposite direction. That isn’t to say that he didn’t have hits though. Songs like “Hookah ft Young Thug” and “40 Mill” garnered both critical and commercial success, and he released “Fan of a Fan: The Album” a joint album with Chris Brown that included tracks like “Ayo” and “Bitches N Marijuana“.

But while Tyga has constantly been in the public eye, it hasn’t always been for the right reasons. In 2015 and 2016 respectively he released the mixtapes “Fuk What They Talkin Bout” and “Rawwest Nigga Alive” with the first project being heavily slept on in my opinion. Despite whether his music has been good or bad, and whether you like him as an artist or not, Tyga’s name has been associated with constant L’s, just when his career was beginning to take off.

Ever since his relationship with Kylie ended, Tyga seems a lot more focused on his music. He signed a management deal with Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint and has seemingly made a conscious effort to stay out of the headlines as much as he can. This has led to his latest offering “BitchImTheShit2“, his fifth studio album and the sequel to his 2011 mixtape.

The 16-track LP includes features from the likes of Ty Dolla Sign, Young Thug, Quavo, Pusha T, and Honey Cocaine, as well as previously released songs with Kanye West, Vince Staples and Chief Keef. That is one major problem with the album. Over a third of the tracks have been previously released. Another criticism towards the album is that (in the words of another review) it is “reality TV rap”, in that it is “ostensibly flashy and attractive, full of fast cars and Calabasas cribs, but ultimately hollow, both emotionally and intellectually”.

While this is all true, Tyga has never been the person you go to if you’re looking for substance. This could have been an opportunity for him to change that and delve into the enigma that was his and Kylie’s relationship on a deeper level, but instead he chose to stick to what he does best. The album is full of his trademark infectious hooks, dynamic beats and charismatic verses, and while it may be a few tracks too long, it can be considered a solid effort for a man trying to revive his career one step at a time.

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