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Tyga in Richmond, Virginia, October 2008
Background information
Birth name Michael Stevenson
Born November 19, 1989 (1989-11-19) (age 20)
Compton, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2007–present
Labels Decaydance, Young Money, G.E.D Inc.

Michael Stevenson[1] (born November 19, 1989),[2] better known by his stage name Tyga (Thank You God Always), is an American rapper signed by Young Money Entertainment with distributution from Universal Motown.


Life and career

Tyga was born Michael Stevenson on November 19, 1989, in Compton, California.[2] He is of Jamaican and Vietnamese descent,[1] and a cousin of Travis McCoy, the lead vocalist of the group Gym Class Heroes.[3] He achieved his first recognition opening for Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes during the Young Wild Things Tour in late 2007. His first single, "Coconut Juice," was released in 2008 and was directed by Rage. His first mixtape, No Introduction the Series: April 10, was released online in April.[4] The second part to the series, No Introduction the Series: May 10, was released in May.[5]

The song "Diamond Life" was featured on the Madden NFL 09 soundtrack.[6] and is also included in the Need for Speed Undercover soundtrack and Fighting soundtrack.[7]Tyga has an upcoming album titled Careless World. A single is confirmed and shot for a music video,named "Im On It". The single was previously thought to feature Drake and Juelz Santana, but Tyga had commented on only Lil Wayne's name.




Year Title Peak chart positions[8] Certifications
US US R&B Rap Albums
2008 No Introduction
  • 1st studio album
  • Released on June 10, 2008
112 25 9
  • RIAA certification:
2010 Careless World
  • 2nd studio album
  • To be Released
  • RIAA certification: N/A


  • 2008: No Introduction The Series: April 10
  • 2008: No Introduction The Series: May 10
  • 2008: Slaughterhouse
  • 2009: The Free Album
  • 2009: Outraged & Underage
  • 2009: The Potential
  • 2009: Black Thoughts
  • 2010: Black Thoughts Vol.2

Collaborative albums


Year Song Chart positions[9] Album
U.S. U.S. Pop
2008 "Coconut Juice" (featuring Travis McCoy) 94 64 No Introduction
2010 "I'm on It" (featuring Lil Wayne) - - Careless World


  1. ^ a b "Rapper Tyga Tests Solo Waters With 'No Introduction'". Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Tyga Biography". Retrieved 2008-11-02.  Allmusic
  3. ^ "Pete Wentz, Travis McCoy Celebrate Poolside In Tyga's 'Coconut Juice'". MTV. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Tyga – No Introduction: The Series – April 10". illRoots. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Tyga – No Introduction: The Series – May 10". illRoots. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2008-07-08). "New Franz Ferdinand Track Leads 'Madden' Soundtrack". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  7. ^ "NFS UC Soundtrack Soundtrack". 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-1123. 
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History – Tyga – Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History – Tyga – Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 

External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Diamond Life
Back to the cool motivational roads/No guidance just violence in probational homes

Thinking Of You (ft. Lil Wayne)
Now listen, let's Kiss, like Gene Simmons

Arms Race Remix
Im sayin' this song got me thinkin' out my range/ With no piff involved, my swag flyer than a plane

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