As one of the many buzzed about artists on YM's growing roster, the 21-year-old is just as anxious as his fans when it comes to unleashing his debut. "I think everybody has been waiting for that. I think it's about time," Tyga tells the BoomBox."I've been on a lot of big songs for other artists; it's my time to shine."
This summer marks the first time that the Los Angeles native will set out on a headlining show, for BET's '106 & Park' Closer to My Dreams tour, July 7, and plans on giving fans a more grown-up side on his sophomore album.
"It's real mature," Tyga reveals of his forthcoming LP. "I would say it's just more relaxed but at the same time it's still real rap music. I would say good music, period. I'm not an R&B singer but I wouldn't consider myself just a regular hip-hop rapper. It's just good music and it's something we can all relate to -- situations, different moods."
Working under Lil Wayne and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Tyga couldn't help but soak up some of the secrets to success in an industry packed with a bevy of fleeting acts rather than focusing on longevity. "You gotta do it for yourself, you gotta make it so that people want you. A manager, a record label... they can't do none of that. You got to just make music and put it out and do shows, and be original."
Tyga began performing on the Closer to My Dreams tour July 7. The Young Money MC headlines and is supported by Diggy and Lil Twist.
7/7: Los Angeles, Calif. -- House of Blues Sunset Strip
7/8: Phoenix, Ariz. -- The Venue
7/9: San Francisco, Calif -- The Fillmore
7/10: Anaheim, Calif. -- House of Blues
7/15: Dallas, Texas -- House of Blues
7/16: Houston, Texas -- House of Blues
7/17: New Orleans, La. -- House of Blues
7/20: Milwaukee, Wis. -- The Rave
7/22: Detroit, Mich. -- St. Andrew's
7/23: Chicago, Ill. -- House of Blues
7/24: Cleveland, Ohio -- House of Blues
7/27: Baltimore, Md. -- Rams Head
7/28: New York, N.Y. -- Irving Plaza
7/29: Boston, Mass. -- House of Blues
7/30: Philadelphia, Penn. -- TLA
7/31: Washington, D.C. -- Cramton Auditorium
8/5: Orlando, Fla. -- House of Blues
8/6: Atlanta, Ga. -- The Masquerade
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