Careless World: Rise of the Last King

Anyone who has visited a nightclub in the past several months has likely heard “Rack City,” the breakout single celebrating big stacks of cash from Young Money rapper Tyga. Anyone who has visited a gentleman’s club in the past several months probably has DJ Mustard’s pulsating beat and Tyga’s low, purring delivery seared into their brains. Exotic dancers who have paid off their mortgages dancing to this track, which has become a strip club anthem, and lovers of fun party music who’ve moved to it, sans pole, have eagerly awaited the release of the rapper’s full-length, “Careless World: Rise of the Last King.” Everyone else? Probably not as much.

After several delays and a product recall because of an uncleared sample, “Careless World,” is here, and it turns out to be a solid, eclectic album that shows surprising range and depth.

Those who loved “Rack City,” will find plenty like it on “Careless World,” whether it’s the T-Pain duet “Celebration” or “Make it Nasty,” but those who long for rap with more heft will be pleasantly surprised that Tyga isn’t all flash. On the Pharrell-produced “Lil Homie,” the young rapper and the elder producer engage in a conversation about the pursuit of quick cash and material objects and how that hustle can rob young artists of their drive and, potentially, end their careers and their lives.

“Kings & Queens,” featuring Wale and Nas, is an exploration of the ups and downs of fame, but all three rappers deliver such intricate lyrics that help it rise above its over-explored subject matter. “Do It All” is an introspective track where Tyga talks about losing a woman he loves because of his refusal to open up to her. “You sent letters to my heart, but I burnt them all / The Bible says before you run, gotta learn to crawl,” he rhymes on the piece.

Sarah Godfrey

Cover art for Tyga's album “Careless World: Rise Of The Last King” (Courtesy of Universal Republic)

Recommended tracks

“Kings & Queens,” “Lil Homie,”
“Do It All”

Tyga will perform at Fillmore Silver Spring March 5.