Tyga's Careless World: Rise of the Last King fits snugly into the glaringly ostentatious, "look at me, I'm famous" pop-rap subgenre created by Big Sean, Drake and a growing chorus of others. Oddly, Tyga even sounds and raps like Drake on many of these tracks; and when he pairs with Big Sean for "I'm Gone," it's difficult to separate their voices apart. (FYI, Big Sean gets the last verse.) More promisingly, he wrings the last drops out of the swag/jerkin' phenomenon with the radio hit "Rack City," and, in "Lay You Down," turns in an effective pop ballad about growing up in a gang-ridden area of Compton, though the latter is truly defined by an outstanding chorus from D.A. Wallach of indie pop band Chester French. Other guests like Nas, Wale, Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke and J. Cole turn up to help Tyga turn Careless World into an intermittently successful second album.
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