An Afternoon With Tyga In New York City

An Afternoon With Tyga In New York City

As he prepares to drop his new album Bitch I'm The Shit 2 tomorrow, Tyga makes time to visit the VMAN office to take a quick trip around the neighborhood and talk about his favorite collab, how this album differs from the last, and more.

As he prepares to drop his new album Bitch I'm The Shit 2 tomorrow, Tyga makes time to visit the VMAN office to take a quick trip around the neighborhood and talk about his favorite collab, how this album differs from the last, and more.

Photography: Adair Smith

Text: Emma Blanchard

This album is very collaboration heavy. Do you have a favorite collaboration on this album, one you’re especially excited for fans to hear?

I think the song Young Thug and I did together is really dope. It’s really different and I don’t think people will expect it. It’s super different. I actually had a song with Justin [Bieber] that was supposed to be on this project, but I couldn’t clear it in time. I know a lot of fans would have been excited for that. Since I couldn’t get it on there in time, I’m going to drop it after.

How does your new music differ from your previous album?  “Move To L.A.” has a more mellow vibe, but how does the whole album compare to your past work?

I think just my fan base with the music grew within the past few years, especially way more women. I wanted to make an album with a lot of music that would cater more to women.

What was the process of crafting this album like? How long has this been in the works?

It was over the course of a year, a lot of these songs are more recent. It was different situations, traveling, and getting inspired that allowed me to make certain music and come up with different ideas.

How has your music evolved since your last album?

It has definitely evolved; the sound, trying to find new pockets, new waves, new tempos, even sampling Mase.

What are your plans for touring this album?

I’ll probably do a small US Tour, maybe 20 cities. Then, probably hit overseas for a couple weeks. I’m working on another project too which I don’t want to give away. I want people to focus on this album, dissect it, and live with it.

Who or what influences your music most?

All music really. Even if I don’t know much about the artist, I’ll skim through and hope to hear something that I’m inspired by. I think people, places, and all my different experiences influence my music.

Can you speak on the conceptual decisions with the cover and album art?

I shot a video called Eyes Closed and I’ve got a clothing line which is very Asian inspired. My influence is very heavily inspired by Japanese fashion, food, and streets. I wanted to put a little bit of that into this project.

You and C.J. Wallace have been tapped for leading roles in the six-episode season of Scream. Can you speak on your experience as an actor at all?

There have been so many movies that I turned down and I had a lot of offers to do stuff, but I wasn’t ever really in the right head space to be an actor. It’s hard when you’re on the road doing shows, it can be really time consuming. I was able to finish this Bitch I’m The Shit 2 Project and after, I was ready to do something totally separate from music. I wanted to do this because I love scary movies and also because I was a fan of Scream growing up. It’s also a series, so people will be able to get to know my character. They will be able to see him change.

What in your career are you most looking forward to in the next year?

Touring this new music.

Who are your favorite artists to listen to right now?

I don’t really have favorites… I kind of just listen to the old stuff. Old Wayne, Old Jay Z; I live in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. That was the golden era.

Can you tell us a little about your clothing line?

This is a line I’m working on that I probably won't launch until January. I’m really taking my time to prep it and see what direction I want to go with everything. I’m really taking the time to build it, going to Asia and get more inspiration and meeting with Asian designers. I want to get this right.

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