I re-watched Bedrock by Young Money the other day, and it actually surprised me how stacked the line-up was, albeit Lloyd was on the roster, which actually stiff baffles the shit out of me. I always remember Drizzy and Minaj as the standout breakout artists of the YMCMB movement at the time, and especially on that track, but my favourite verse was always Tyga’s; even though I had no idea who Tyga was.
Fast-forward to 2012, he’s not only one of the most hotly tipped artists on the Young Money stable, but he’s also making strides across the hip-hop community. Listen to Rack City and tell me you don’t like it, honestly, it’s not possible. T Raw’s released copious mixtapes since Bedrock and now he’s teaming up with big guns like Nas & Wale on his debut album, ‘Careless World: Rise of the Last King.’ It’s safe to say that Travie’s cousin has earned his bones in the business. He’s also the same age as me, which is a joke, but anyway back to the album track release, ‘Kings & Queens’ with said big guns. Tyga shows that he can live in that company; Wale is as consistent as he has been the last year or so, but Nas, MY GOD Nas is back. A friend of mine asked me the other day, ‘’what has Nas done in the last 20 years? He’s gone from Illmatic, to Stillmatic, to Nomatic.’’ I’m a Nas Stan so obviously I don’t think he’s been picking his nose since Untitled, but it’s nice to see the King of Queensbridge throw a verse down on a track from a new artist and remind the younger generation how it’s done.
CWROTLK is set for release on Tuesday and will feature ‘Rack City’ and ‘Kings & Queens,’ it will also boast feats from the likes of Busta, Pharell, Big Sean, Minaj, J.Cole and T.Pain, expect it to be big. YMCMB.