American rapper, singer, and songwriter Tyga has released his new single, “Freaky Deaky”, featuring rapper, singer, and songwriter Doja Cat.
Tyga quickly moved from independent hustling to major label superstardom, all on the strength of his charismatic style and effortless talent. Self-funded mixtapes gave way to Billboard charting albums like 2013’s Hotel California and 2019’s Legendary. Tyga was born Michael Ray Stevenson in 1989 and began rapping in the early 2000s.
Taking the name Tyga (which stands for Thank You God Always,) he produced multiple mixtapes that showcased his swagger-heavy style. After recording a mixtape and promoting it around the city, Tyga ran into his cousin, Gym Class Heroes member Travis McCoy, in the Flight Club L.A. sneaker shop. Their conversation went from shoes to rappers, and as Travis’ group went from unknowns to MTV stars, he would always remember that talk and his cousin’s unique style.
Travis signed Tyga to his Bad Squad label and then invited him along when the punk-pop group Fall Out Boy came calling. Travis and Tyga would appear on the remix to Fall Out Boy’s “Arms Race,” which also featured Kanye West, Paul Wall, Skinhead Rob, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil Wayne.
Tyga’s prolific run continued a few months later with the Bugatti Raww mixtape, followed in early 2018 by his sixth album, Kyoto. While the album failed to make a splash, Tyga scored a hit that summer with standalone single “Taste,” featuring Migos’ Offset. The slinky track broke into the Top 10 of the Hot 100, one of his highest showings to date.
In 2019, he issued the quick follow-up Legendary, a typically horny set which recruited guests Lil Wayne, Blueface, J Balvin, Bazzi, Chris Brown, and many more. The next year saw Tyga appearing as a guest on a series of singles from various artists, as well as releasing “Freak,” a collaborative song with Megan Thee Stallion.
In the front half of 2021, he collaborated with Iggy Azalea on “Sip It,” with Moneybagg Yo on “Splash,” and released the solo track “Mrs. Bubblegum.”