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No Introduction was the first album to be released by the Young Money rapper Tyga in 2008. Being the cousin of lead Gym Class Heroes vocalist Travis McCoy high things were expected from young Tyga Tyga.
No Introduction track list:
1 Diamond Life (featuring Patty Crash)
2 Coconut Juice (featuring Travie McCoy)
3 Supersize Me
4 Don't Regret It Now (featuring Patrick Stump)
5 Pillow Talkin'
7 First Timers (featuring Evan Taubenfeld)
10 Press 7 (featuring Alex DeLeon)
12 2 AM
13 Est. (80's Baby)
14 I Am (iTunes bonus track)(featuring Lil Wayne)
15 Horrifyin Man (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)
16 Magical Flow (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)
Tyga's first album recieved lots of bad reviews which I feel is a little harsh on him. He has produced some good material on this album with the main song being "Coconut Juice" which features his cousin Travis McCoy. The song itself it smart, funny and quite cheesy in all due respect. These things make the song very good and enjoyable to listen to over and over again.
It is fair to say Tyga has alot of learning to do with tracks like "AIM" and "Cartoonz" sounding a bit childish. There is no doubt however over Tyga's lyrical ability. Lil' Wayne obviously has some faith in him or he wouldnt be part of his music label Young Money.
In my opinion this album is far from amazing but its really not as bad as people make out. If Tyga continues yo work on his singing and rapping I have no doubt he will go on to become a successful rap artist.
Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy introduced his cousin, Tyga, into the game in 2008, with his album "No Introduction", featuring the likes of Lil' Wayne, Patrick Stump, and of course Travis himself. The Californian performs something unlike the norm out on the West Coast as he is more of a Pop Rapper than a Gangsta Rap artist.
1. "Diamond Life"
To get things underway, you immediately see how his work sounds like a fusion of the Pop Rap, with the kind of Pop Punk that both Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy Perform with the Hipster rap movement, but it sounds like a watered down of this all to a the kind of standard which the fellow Cali rapper Shwayze came with in this year.
2. "Coconut Juice"
This was the track really got his career, and although I don't support what we does as he promotes his Pop fusion with Rap it detrimental to the Hip Hop genre, this track is a banger of a cut and has him on some hard beats which force you to enjoy yourself. In this original version you get his cousin rapping with him here, and it is good, but nothing like the remix.
3. "Supersize Me"
After that big one, you seem to have much more faith in his abilities, but as soon as he comes in with his rhymes, you can tell that things aren't really going to go that well as he comes with lots of topical references in order to engage with listeners, but I didn't think that this was the best way to get people one your side.
4. "Don't Regret It Now"
You have Patrick Stump showing that he is able to do his Hip Hop thing just as well as the Pop Punk thing on this one as he shows that giving things an electronic twist anything will sound decent, but once he makes the shift from behind the tune on production to a guest vocalist, it goes far too into his way as part of Fall Out Boy.
5. "Pillow Talkin'"
This one has him do a very different one as he makes the decision to drop all the raps about undefined topics, and he is forced to focus his work and keep it to a pretty rigid direction, and he does one which has him talking about how he wishes to sort out the problems which his relationship faces with his girl. It suits the Pop aspect of the album, but this isn't something which I like it for at all.
He uses his youth to his advantage to talk about how his relationships tend to be with girls who he connects with over online social networking. I'm sure that uses of this will get a little excited by it, but I can't say I felt for the lyrics. However the beats are killer and you just can't ignore the power of it.
7. "First Timers"
He goes on with a 'teenage love' rap, and of course you have to compare it to those one's from the eighties in the Golden Age of Hip Hop with the flows from the likes of Slick Rick and LL Cool J, but really it sounds so fake that it just doesn't work at all. It annoys me that I know that its catchiness will mean that many are likely to fall for it, despite it being so fake.
The hard beats appear to come back through this one as he does something I can get to as he does something which is a lot more real from him as it suits him that he does rhymes referencing the Looney Tunes and others, and comparing these to how he lives his life. It is strong due to the fact that it does something which he stands for, and he doesn't try to be something he clearly isn't.
The beats in this one are just as summery as they should be and they get the rapper explaining just what he likes so much out this season. The flow is laid-back, and it even has him visiting what the West Coast is recognized most for with some faux-G-Funk being giving to get him on his way as he does a few rhymes about how fresh he feels a this time (not that there is going to be that much contrast throughout the year in Cali).
10. "Press 7"
I felt that as we had got this earlier, we didn't need much more of it. It gets him using it to go for one where he raps to a girl who he needs to part ways with, and I felt that it made you think, but wasn't all that successful as a tune. He gets quite deep with the flows, but it just isn't something I would enjoy hearing.
The beats in this one are fresh, and I have to say that this was a point in the album where I simply couldn't complain as it has everything coming together well, and to a degree where it shows that he is able to appeal to just about everyone with flows which have him fitting right in with the grungy backing, which is brought back from the eighties.
12. "2 AM"
This is a slow and gentle one and it has him doing a very annoying track as he chooses to use it as a chance to do rap which deal with his struggle, which all rappers allege to have gone through on their way up. It is believable in what he says, but I wouldn't say that I thought it made for a good track with such personal things coming through.
On this one you find him doing a track which has him show that he really understands his place in the game, essentially nothing, as he speak on how he really can't compare to any of the greats (who he directly names here). He also tries to show how despite not actually really spending much time in the decade (born in 1989) he still considers himself as a true eighties baby with a swag taken directly from that time.
I wouldn't recommended this album as I felt that the fact that much of what is done is basically jacked from others out there, that it's not worth going out of your way to get a listen of. The beats are very good for the majority of the time, but this isn't a reason to go out of your way to find out more about a weak rapper like Tyga.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Diamond Life - PAttYCraSH, Tyga
2 Coconut Juice - Travis "Schleprok" McCoy, Tyga
3 Supersize Me
4 Don't Regret It Now - Patrick Stump, Tyga
5 Pillow Talkin'
7 First Timers
10 Press 7
12 2 AM
13 Est. (80's Baby)