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Tyga

Tyga

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birthday
19th
November, 1989
Birth Place
Compton, California, U.S.
Birth Sign
scorpio
Biography

Tyga is Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, a rapper from Compton, California, who has been making music since the early 2000s. Born on November 19, 1989, the 31-year-old hip-hop artist got his moniker by creating an acronym for “Thank You God Always.” In 2008, Tyga signed a recording contract with a major label, Republic Records, and their subsidiaries, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment, and released his first major-label record a few years later in 2011.

A prolific artist, Tyga has collaborated with the likes of Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Drake, and many others. He’s a multi-millionaire thanks to his musical success, with a current estimated net worth of around $5 million. And by the looks of it, he’s not pumping the brakes on his career any time soon.

Want to learn more about Tyga’s life and music? We’ve got all the details here.

instruments played
Vocalist
Associated Acts

Chris Brown, CrakWav, Jess Jackson, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy Q, Travie McCoy, YG

Birth Name

Micheal Ray Nguyen-Stevenson

Children

1

Education

Gardena High School (no diploma)

Genres

Hip hop

Labels

Columbia, Last Kings, EMPIRE, GOOD, Interscope, Cash Money, Young Money, Republic, G.E.D. Inc., Decaydance

Occupation

Rapper, singer, songwriter

Origin

Gardena, California, U.S.

Partners

Blac Chyna (2011a2014)
Kylie Jenner (2014a2017)

Spouses

Jordan Craig
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Television

Kingin' with Tyga

Website
Years Active

2004apresent

Tyga Then and Now

  • Michael Ray Stevenson grew up in Compton, California, to Vietnamese and Jamaican parents. He was a fan of rap from a young age, citing Eminem, Lil Wayne, and others as early influences on his musical development.
  • Tyga’s backstory is somewhat up for debate, with the rapper sometimes making claims that he was raised in the San Fernando Valley, an affluent neighborhood in California. He’s also said that his parents drove luxury cars and that he got his stage name Tyga from being called Tiger Woods by his mother. However, Tyga has said that these statements were made in jest.
  • Stevenson started rapping in the late 2000s, making mixtapes that caught the attention of other hip-hop artists, including his cousin, Travie McCoy. McCoy helped Tyga get signed to the Bad Squad label, which he eventually left behind when rapper Lil Wayne gave him a deal with Young Money Entertainment in 2008. Gym Class Heroes member Travis McCoy and Tyga also appeared on the remix of punk-pop group Fall Out Boy’s “Arms Race.” 
  • After signing to Young Money, Tyga’s music started to show up all over the place. He was featured on songs by Chris Brown, DJ Ill Will, DJ Rockstar, and more, and his song “Deuces” peaked at No. 1 on the Hip-Hop charts in the US and Billboard Hot 100.
  • Compton rapper Tyga was previously dating the notable model Blac Chyna, who appeared in the music video for the hit track “Rack City.” Blac Chyna and Tyga had a son, King Cairo Stevenson, on October 16, 2012. After getting engaged in December 2012, they dated for several more years before splitting up in 2014.
  • A few years later, Tyga got into a relationship with socialite Kylie Jenner, who he dated until April 2017. The relationship was a source of controversy due to Jenner’s age at the time – Jenner was 16 when they started dating. In September of 2016, while he was dating Jenner, he signed with Kanye West’s label GOOD Music Imprint, while West was also in a relationship with a Kardashian. 

Tyga’s Music

Below are descriptions of the highlights in Tyga’s discography, as well as a full list of his releases. He’s regularly complimented on the strength of his charismatic style and his seemingly effortless abilities. 

No Introduction: An Independent Debut Album

On June 10, 2008, Tyga released his first studio album, No Introduction. Executive produced by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, the album also features production work by Patrick Stump, also of Fall Out Boy, S*A*M & Sluggo, Evan Big Evil, and several other beatmakers. Before releasing this album, he also released his first single, “Coconut Juice.”
  • The record has been described as a mix of alternative, rap, and rock, largely due to the influence of members of the notable emo-pop band Fall Out Boy.
  • Tyga’s studio debut peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard US album charts.
  • “Diamond Life,” a track from the album, was featured on the soundtrack for Madden 09 and Need for Speed: Undercover, two Electronic Arts video games released in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Careless World: Rise of the Last King

Tyga’s second album in February 2012 was his first release via the major labels Island and Republic Records (formerly known as Universal Republic Records). His major label debut was produced by a wide array of notable figures, including Noah “40” Shebib, Cool & Dre, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, and others.
  • The record has been certified Platinum by the RIAA since its release.
  • Careless World peaked at No. 4 on the US album charts, hitting No. 1 on the Top Rap and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts.
  • This album features guest verses from the likes of Chris Richardson, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and more. 

Hotel California: A Successful Third Record

In 2013, the American rapper released his third record, Hotel California, via Republic Records. The record debuted at No. 7 on the US album charts, and it features the singles “Dope” (released in December 2021), “For the Road,” and “Show You.” It’s been certified Gold by the RIAA.  2013’s Hotel California features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and many more. 

Fan of A Fan: The Album: Tyga’s High-Profile Collaboration with Chris Brown

In 2010, Tyga and pop star Chris Brown collaborated for the first time with their mixtape, Fan of a Fan. five years later, the pair released their first studio record together, using the same name as their mixtape. The album made it to No. 3 on the Top Rap Albums chart in the US and performed well outside the States, getting a Gold certification in Denmark and going Silver in the UK.

Tyga’s Recent Works

  • The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (2015), which was produced by Kanye West
  • BitchI'mTheShit2 (July 2017), which features musicians like Young Thug, Pusha T, and Vince Staples
  • Kyoto (2018), his sixth album
  • Legendary (2019), which features the likes of J Balvin, Blueface, and Bazzi

Notable Singles From Tyga

Tyga put out a series of high-profile collaborative singles in 2017, including “Act Ghetto,” “Feel Me,” and “100’s” with Chief Keef. In 2018, Tyga released the standalone single “Taste,” a slinky track that did exceptionally well on the Hot 100. His experiences with singles didn’t stop there. In 2020, Tyga released a series of singles featuring collabs with various artists. These include the collaborative song “Freak” with Megan Thee Stallion.

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