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Tyga – Legendary (Album Review)

What does Tyga and Tiger Woods both have in common? They share similar names, but most importantly, they both have had major comebacks in 2019. While Tiger completed his comeback story with a masters win, Tyga looks to follow suit by releasing “Legendary” — his most anticipated album in nearly 10 years. Can the self-proclaimed comeback kid shock the world? We shall see…


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5. MADE ME

“Made Me” could easily be viewed as Tyga’s acceptance speech for comeback artist of the year. Not only does the track have this aspiring feel to it on the instrumental, but you  also get that same feel on the hook Bazzi drops and Tyga’s two rap verses. In terms of content, both artists talk about their come-up and how they can never let haters, naysayers or Soulja Boys take credit for their career success — an aspect many individuals can relate to (Including Drake).

“Made Me” is a song that is literally impossible to dislike.

 

 

4. SHIT I LIKE

“Shit I Like” is the definition of a summertime hit. It features this laidback/bass boomin’ instrumental that gives off both strip club and final fantasy vibes, and over this instrumental, you get a tough, yet melodic effort from Tyga in which he puts his woman on a pedestal and talks about being the perfect n***a to do everything from splurge to f**k on her. Personally, I think listeners are going to love the way this song flows and its overall infectiousness.

 

 

3. HAUTE

If you were to read a book on how to make a club hit, “Haute” would be one of the examples in there.

“Haute” is so damn slick and sly. The way it flows is very similar to “Taste” and “Dip,” however, it has a little more energy attached to it. As for each person featured on the song, they do their thing on their respective verses, with Tyga rapping raw and carefree-ly, J. Balvin spitting aggressively and with great pizzazz, and Chris Brown singing like he’s trying to get his vital organs back from a stripper that stole it from him earlier in the night. Though everybody utilizes different styles, they all follow the belief that they are the s**t and deserve bad b*tches in their vicinity lyrically (I ain’t mad at it).

 

 

2. GODDAMN

Tyga is damn-there undefeated when he links up with D.A. Doman. On “Goddamn,” the duo decided to unite for this infectious banger that has the Compton rapper doing everything from giving dance lessons to flossing his ass off. Personally, I f**k with the song a lot, especially when it comes to its quick pace, dosey doe ass vibes and overall carefreeness.

There is zero reason this album version of “Goddamn” should feature A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Don’t get me wrong, I f**k with him as an artist, I just believe the song didn’t need him at all. Tyga, why f**k up a good thing?

“Goddamn” is the type of song that I would ask permission from my wife to dance with another girl to when it comes on.

 

 

1. TASTE

The first thing that sticks out to me about “Taste” is its smooth, yet trill ass instrumental. For this reason alone, I think D.A. Doman is just as valuable to this song as Tyga and Offset.

Tyga approaches “Taste” exactly how I would want him to — laid back, yet aggressive enough to catch all of the D-Boy’s attention. While there isn’t much to learn from his braggadocios/violent/savage lyrics, I did think he did a great job of glamorizing a lifestyle n***as who put in 80 hours a week at work should strive for when they finally decide to go on a three week vacation.

Offset has the last verse on “Taste,” and as expected, his tongue-twisting flow turns the song upside down. Don’t get me wrong, he still raps with this laidback style, it’s just a bit more dynamic than Tyga’s style. As for lessons learned on his verse: Well, they revolve around carrying big guns, fake n***as and women that are great at fellatio .

Quick Sidenote: Am I the only one that loves when Tyga starts mentioning b*tches that can get a taste in different cities? That s**t is the most slept on part of this song.

“Taste” has been on repeat for the last couple of months for me. I would have no problem if someone said it’s Tyga’s best song to-date.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. TOO MANY (4/5)

2. LIGHTSKIN LIL WAYNE (4/5)

3. ON ME (3.5/5)

4. STASH (3.5/5)

5. HAUTE (4.5/5)

6. WERKKKK (2.5/5)

7. MAYKERKHUM (3/5)

8. VIBRATE (4/5)

9. SHIT I LIKE (4/5)

10. LEGENDARY (3/5)

11. FEBRUARY LOVE (3.5/5)

12. GODDAMN (5/5)

13. TASTE (5/5)

14. MADE ME (4.5/5)


OVERALL RATING

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If you are going to call your album “Legendary,” that s**t better be LEGENDARY! Unfortunately, “Legendary” is NOT Legendary…

First-off, let me point out the good about “Legendary:” I enjoy the many different club tracks on it. I feel like songs such as “Taste,” “Goddamn,” “Shit I Like” and “Haute” are catered for clubs around the globe. On them, Tyga does what he does best — Create something that is trill enough to recite, infectious when it comes to hooks, energetic, and most importantly, on some cool s**t lyrically. Additionally, I thought his overall persona was fantastic on these songs, as he showed low-key cleverness throughout when it came to his favorite topic of talking about being a woman-slayer.

Now to what I hated about this album: In my humbling opinion, Tyga isn’t the type of artist that should be experimenting with some R&B s**t. On songs like “February Love,” “Legendary” and “Werkkk,” I thought he forced s**t a bit, trying his hardest to sound like the other myriad of artists in the game that think they are the second-coming of Rell. Don’t get me wrong, some of the melodies and harmonizing Tyga was able to do was solid on this album, but in the end of the day, there is no way in hell I will ever respect him as a R&B hitmaker. S**t, I thought he got all of that crooner s**t out of his system on “Kyoto.”

Everybody has their go-to guy when it comes to beat-making, and for Tyga, it’s D.A. Doman. While other producers created great instrumentals on this album (ie. DJ Mustard on “Werkkk and Murda Beatz on “Legendary”), in the end of the day, the s**t Doman was able to produce was special, to me. In my opinion, “Taste” is one of the best beats of 2018, “Goddamn” is hella unique, and “Made Me” is ideal for commercial success. If you ask me, D.A. Doman helped this album stay afloat.

I didn’t care for the features on this album at all. Lil Wayne on “On Me” was OK, Blueface on “Stash” was God-awful, J-Balvin and Chris Brown were slightly forgettable on “Haute,” and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was pointless on “Goddamn.” I did like what Bazzi was able to do on “Made Me,” what Offset did on “Taste,” and the heavenly vocals Swae Lee added to “Vibrate.”

You know what this album strangely reminded me of? Some Parappa the Rappa s**t. For those of you that were too young to remember Parappa the Rappa, it was a hip-hop video game that featured a dog who was trying to learn how to rap from various individuals. If a player was doing well in the game, Parappa’s flows would be on point and his swag would come across as top notch. However, even at his highest level of rap mastery, Parappa still seemed a bit gimmicky. Unfortunately, Tyga’s career thus far has felt like one big gimmick, despite the fact that I believe he’s a helluva rapper with a slept on pen game. When it’s all said and done, Tyga must open up and embrace his true self more if he plans to stick in the rap game, because this whole idea of him being rap’s version of Hugh Hefner has a shelf life that is shorter than Carmelo Anthony’s tenure in an Atlanta Hawks jersey. In other words, I’m going to need Tyga to stop focusing on being a one-dimensional lyricist that occasionally thinks he can dabble in styles of music that don’t fit him.

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