What is Hip-Hop? Hip Hop is a culture that consists of three main artistic outlets:-Rap-Break dancing-Graffiti
Rap• This is the element of sound.• It includes the beat created by the DJ – Disc Jockey• It also includes the words or poetry delivered by the MC – Microphone Conductor
BreakDancing• This is expression through movement of the body; a style of dance.• People who do this are called B-boys or B-girls
Graffiti• This is the visual form of expression.• It is often, but not necessarily put up in public places.
The creation of Hip-Hop Rudy Ray Moore Blowfly Seen as the forefathers of rap/hip hop
Hip Hop originated in the 1970’s from African American music. It was created by merging various historical traditions. The Hip Hop culture actually started in the Bronx New York. The influence of African Americans and later the influence of Jamaicans and Latino immigrants helped create the area in which rap music was invented as a synonymous part of Hip Hop music and culture. Hip Hop music consisted of 4 features of African mythology: Signifyin is a practice in African American culture, involving a verbal strategy of Jazz poetry is the poetry that indirection that exploits the gap between "demonstrates jazz-like rhythm or the feel the denotative and figurative meanings of improvisation. of words. Oral tradition in which two competitors, usuallyTalking blues is a form of blues and country males, go head-to-head in a competition of oftenmusic. Refers to a strict rhythm but versatile good-natured, trash talk. They take turns insultingmelody. each other, or “dissin“. In the end one with the best insults is awarded the winner.
Hip Hop in the 70s Keith Cowboy who was part of the furious five, and where the first artist to refer to this type of music as Hip Hop as it was still being called Disco Rap. According to the words of artist Kurtis Blow : During the early days of Hip Hop, it was characterised by dividing fans and detractors of Disco music. Then Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five a new genre of music called Go-go emerged as a reaction against disco music. This then eventually mixed with Hip Hop.
p Hop in the 80s This was the decade that made Hip Hop more of a diverse and complex genre. The biggest artists during the early 80’s were Grand Master Flash, T La Flash and Russell Simmons. These three artists were the first to bring a new sound to hip hop and their tracks have been simulated by various other artists.This was made from tracks by Run DMC and LL Cool Jwhich included elements of Rock and drum machineled simplicity. Also seen as the moment that themusic started to become more aggressive. Also thenew school consisted of shorter songs and aimed togain easier radio play. This was the time that Hip Hophad become commercially successful. As a result, The Beastie Boys made an album called License to ill which became the first rap album in history to become no 1 in the billboard charts.
Golden AgeThe Golden Age also emerged in the 80’s which consisted fromdiversity, quality, modernization and influence. This involved a strong Jazzinfluence. Public Enemy created the album “It Takes a Nation of Millions toHold Us Back” which is widely acknowledged as Hip Hops Greatest moment. De la SoulPublic Enemy A Tribe called Quest Eric B. & RakimMusic used to reflect the violent lifestyles of some inner-city youths. This type of Hip Hop changed the main centreof Hip Hop from New York to Los Angeles. This was calledthe Golden Age because it is said that many of the greatestrappers of all time emerged in this era. Also most of therappers of the 21st century describe their influences asbeing from this time in Hip Hop. Arguably along with the90’s the best era of hip Hop. West coast Gansta rappers
Hip Hop in the 90s Wu Tang Clan included all time greats such as Method man, Ghostface Killah and O.D.B. The 90’s debatably produced the best hip hop artists of all time such as Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, NaS, and Snoop Dogg. These and more artists from the 90’s are seen as the all time greats and that revolutionised the genre. However this was also a time when Hip Hop was becoming more violent and drug related. It started to gain criticism for being too much of a bad influence for youths living in America.Dr Dre’s album ‘The chronic’ included manylyrics references of drugs, killing etc. Which wasreleased in 1992. A war that was continuouslyongoing between West Coast and East CoastRappers lead to the death of Hip Hop legendsTupac and Notorious BIG.Wars have beenpublicised continuously through the yearsbetween rappers and ego’s clashing. Forexample Nas feuding with Jay Z, 50 Cent with JaRule. It seems to be a pattern that the mostsuccessful rappers usually get targeted for“Beef” as it is called.
sent) 21st century Hip HopHip Hop sales have declined in the recent years however many artists are attempting to salvage hip hop andbring it back to life. How ever Rick Ross, Eminem and Fabolous are artists that are still going strong in theindustry today. Artists such as Soulja Boy Tell ‘em have created a new sound to hip hop. However various “OLD SCHOOL” artists such as Ice T and Styles P have accused Soulja Boy of single handily killing Hip Hop with his songs that do not follow the same fundamentals as traditional Rap. During the 21st century rap and hip hop music and the sound that comes with it has very much transformed and has now become mixed more with R&B and Dance music. Rappers such as Pitbull and Black eyed Peas have very much changed the sound of hip hop music.
Hip Hop music used to possess a story of deprivation, life and death situations whereas tracks these days are more about dancing, sex, and money. Artists such asAkon, Justin Timberlake, and Keri Hilson have helped with the merging andcombining of Hip Hop and R&B music. These days various tracks released for examplefrom T.I. Gain a place in the Hip Hop charts and also in the R&B charts. This is proofthat Hip Hop music has changed so much over the last 10 years. T.I.’s latest albumPaper Trail has received negative feedback for being not as good as albums from the90’s such as Moment of Truth by Gang Starr.
CollaborationsIn The 21st century many rappers have emerged on the stage and have made a very big impact on notonly Hip Hop but many other parts of the music industry. Various Hip Hop artists have found the needto explore the horizon and spread their influence and success to different genres of music. Lil Wayne’slatest album “the Re-Birth” released in 2009 includes strictly rock music without any Hip Hop musicinvolved. Also Jay Z created a collaboration with Rock n Roll icons Linkin Park which was a mixture ofhip hop music and Rock music. During the latest ten years there have been many rappers that havetried to take the crown as being this generations King of Hip Hop. For example Lil Wayne who refers tohimself as “the best rapper alive” which is in some cases difficult to deny when looking at the impacthe has made. Also Jay Z who refers to himself as “the One and Only” and the “Godfather of Hip Hop”believes he has been such an influential figure in Hip Hop for so many years. Kanye West is anotheregocentric star that thinks he is “the Greatest” of all time. He does have some what of a point seeingas he is one of the best lyrical rappers that Hip Hop has ever seen.
The Dark side of Hip-hopMany Artists of today have been thought to have being involved in Freemasonry and evilspiritual worship in Occults. Some people choose to believe this philosophy and some choosenot to. But it is all over the internet. Artists believed to be involved are Jay Z, KanyeWest, NaS, Rihanna, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Tyga. The “evidence” is in their lyrics, antics andgesturing. This dark side doesn’t exist just in Hip Hop but in the whole music industry. This socalled belief has spread to various different areas of music including Pop artists such asBritney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera. Of course this isn’t necessarily true andmay just be a wild conspiracy. Of course this does sound insane when first thoughtabout, however there are hundreds of videos on YouTube that expose these conspiracies indepth and discuss the issues raised in this topic.
The next slide will discuss one well known Record label which hasmade a large influence on the Hip hop genre today
What is YMCMB?Young Money Entertainment is an American record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne.Young Moneys president is Lil Waynes lifelong friend Mack Maine. The label is an imprintof Cash Money Records and is distributed by Universal Republic Records. Current actsinclude Lil Wayne, Drake, T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, LilTwist, Gudda Gudda, Lil Chuckee, Short Dawg, T-Streets, Busta ryhmes and Shanell akaSnL. The label has released six #1 albums: Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, and I Am Not aHuman Being by Lil Wayne, Thank Me Later and Take Care by Drake, and Pink Friday byNicki Minaj.
YMCMBYoung money has a large effect on the music industry today asit holds some of the most talented hip hop and R’n’B artists.Young money holds some of the most talented artists thathold in a whole a major part of the music industry today.
YMCMB ArtistYMCMB artists Former YMCMB artists• Lil Wayne• Mack Maine • Boo•• Drake Nicki Minaj • Curren$y•• Tyga Gudda Gudda • Kidd Kidd•• T-Streetz Jae Millz • Omarion• Lil Chuckee• Shanell• Lil Twist• Cory Gunz• Short Dawg• Torion• Busta Rhymes• Dj Khaled• Bow Wow
A few Young Money Cash MoneyBillionaire Artists and there albums
Lil WayneDwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name LilWayne, or Weezy, is an American rapper. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash MoneyRecords as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.z, with B.G.. In1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., andYoung Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of hissuccess with the groups major selling album Guerrilla Warfare, released in 1999. Also in1999, Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one millioncopies in the U.S. Although his next two albums Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002)were not as successful (only reaching Gold status), Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in2004 with Tha Carter, which included the single "Go D.J." Wayne also appeared on theDestinys Child top ten single "Soldier" that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha Carter, Tha CarterII, was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mixtapes and appeared onseveral popular rap and R&B singles. His most successful album, Tha Carter III, was releasedin 2008 and sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. its first week of release. It included thenumber-one single "Lollipop" and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Lil Waynereleased his debut rock album, Rebirth, in 2010 to primarily negative reception from critics.The album eventually went gold. In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month prisonsentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemmingfrom an incident in July 2007. While in prison he released another album entitled I Am Not aHuman Being in September 2010, featuring Young Money artists such as Drake, Nicki Minajand Lil Twist. His ninth studio album and first since being released from prison, Tha CarterIV, was released on August 29, 2011. It sold 964,000 copies in the U.S. its first week out.
1997Get It How U Live! is the debut albumby New Orleans hip-hop group, theHot Boys, released on October28, 1997 on Cash Money Records. Thealbum quickly sold over 300,000copies, primarily in New Orleansfollowing B.G.s success. Although GetIt How U Live! was considered a rapalbum, it managed to peak at #37 onthe Billboard Top R&B Albums in 1997.All tracks featured on the album wereproduced by Mannie Fresh.
1999Guerrilla Warfare is the second studioalbum by the New Orleans hip-hopgroup Hot Boys, released July 27, 1999on Cash Money Records. The Hot Boyshighly anticipated sophomoreeffort, Guerrilla Warfare, issued afterCash Moneys distribution deal withUniversal Records, was an instant hit.It debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200and #1 for Top R&B/Hip HopAlbums, and remains their mostsuccessful album as a group and withCash Money Records. Produced byMannie Fresh, Guerrilla Warfarecontains the lead single, "We OnFire", which was placed at #49 on theBillboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.Other charting tracks include "I Need AHot Girl" which peaked at #65 on theBillboard Hot 100.
1999Tha Block Is Hot is the debut album byLil Wayne, released November2, 1999, on Cash Money Records. Thealbum debuted at number three onthe U.S. Billboard 200 chart with229,000 copies sold in its first weekreleased. This was significant, as noneof the other members of Hot Boys hadreleased solo albums that had chartedso high. The album was certifiedplatinum by the RIAA for shipments ofone million copies in the United States.
2000Lights Out is the second studio albumby American rapper LilWayne, released December 19, 2000on Cash Money Records.
2002500 Degreez is the third studio albumby American rapper LilWayne, released July 23, 2002 on CashMoney Records. The title of the albumis a nod to fellow rapper Juvenilesalbum from four years earlier, 400Degreez. The album peaked at numbersix on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart andpeaked at number one on theBillboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albumschart. But the album was certified goldby the RIAA next to his recent secondalbum Lights Out.
2003Let Em Burn is the third studio albumby New Orleans rap group, HotBoys, released March 25, 2003, onCash Money Records. The album wasoriginally recorded from 1998 to2000, but wasnt released until 3 yearslater due to Juvenile, B.G. and Turkleaving Cash Money Records. All theproduction on the album is done byformer Cash Money Records producerMannie Fresh.
2004Tha Carter is the fourth studio albumand major-label debut by Americanrapper Lil Wayne, released June29, 2004.
2006Like Father, Like Son is a collaborativestudio album by Birdman and LilWayne. The album was released onOctober 31, 2006, through CashMoney Records and Universal Records.Guest appearances include Fat Joe, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Tha Dogg Pound, andAll Star Cashville Prince. Producersincluded Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, andmore. The albums first single is"Stuntin Like My Daddy", for whichthere is a music video as well. Thesecond single released from the albumis "Leather So Soft". The third single is"You Aint Know". Both of those singleshave music videos as well.
2008Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album byAmerican rapper Lil Wayne, released June10, 2008 on Cash Money Records. It follows along string of mixtape releases and guestappearances on other hip hop and R&Bartists records, helping to increase hisexposure in the mainstream. The albumscover art features a baby picture of Wayneand is similar to covers of hip hop albumssuch as Illmatic (1994) and Ready to Die(1994).Amid release delays and leaks,ThaCarter III became one of the most anticipatedreleases of 2008. The album debuted atnumber one on the US Billboard 200chart, selling 1,005,545 copies in its firstweek. It reached sales of 2.88 million copiesby the end of 2008 and produced four singlesthat achieved chart success, including theinternational hit "Lollipop" and Billboard hits"A Milli", "Got Money", and "Mrs. Officer".Upon its release, Tha Carter III receivedgeneral acclaim from music critics andearned Lil Wayne several accolades, includinga Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the51st Grammy Awards. It has been certifiedtriple-platinum by the Recording IndustryAssociation of America and has sold 3.6million copies in the United States.
2010Rebirth is the seventh studio album byAmerican rapper Lil Wayne, releasedFebruary 2, 2010, on Cash MoneyRecords, Young Money Entertainmentand Universal Motown. Originally set tobe released in early 2009 before severaldelays, the album was produced primarilyby Cool & Dre, DJ Infamous, DJ Nasty &LVM, Kevin Rudolf, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E.League. Rebirth was promoted asWaynes rock music debut, though itincludes some hip hop tracks.The album debuted at number two onthe U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling176,000 copies in its first week. It becameWaynes seventh top-ten album in theUnited States and produced four singlesthat attained Billboard chart success.Upon its release, Rebirth receivedgenerally negative reviews from mostmusic critics. It has been certified gold insales by the Recording IndustryAssociation of America, with domesticshipment of 500,000 copies.
2010I Am Not a Human Being is the eighthstudio album by American rapper LilWayne, released digitally on September27, 2010. Its physical version wasreleased on October 12, 2010. It wasrecorded in 2010 prior to Waynes nine-month prison term for criminalpossession of a weapon. Production forthe album was handled by Wayne andseveral record producers, including Boi-1da, Cool & Dre, StreetRunner, Noah "40"Shebib and DJ Infamous, among others.The album debuted at number two onthe US Billboard 200 chart, based on itsfirst-week digital sales alone. Following itsphysical release, it featured an increase insales and topped the chart, becoming LilWaynes second US number-one albumand the first studio album since TupacShakurs Me Against the World in 1995 toreach the top slot on the Billboard 200while its artist was jailed. Its lead single"Right Above It" became a top-ten hit inthe United States. Upon its release, I AmNot a Human Being received mixed topositive reviews from most music critics.The album has been certified gold by theRecording Industry Association ofAmerica.
2011Tha Carter IV is the ninth studio album by American rapper LilWayne, released on August 29, 2011 through Young MoneyEntertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records.Recording sessions for the album began in late 2008, shortly after Lil Waynessixth studio album, Tha Carter III (2008) was released to strong sales andcritical acclaim: however, the sessions were put on hold, as Lil Wayne claimedhe did not want to follow an album he held in high regard so quickly withanother, potentially inferior release. In the interim, Lil Wayne released twoother solo albums: the largely rock-themed Rebirth (2010) and I Am Not aHuman Being (2010). The latter was reportedly composed from unreleasedmaterial from the original Tha Carter IV sessions, as the album was releasedwhilst Wayne served a prison sentence at Rikers Island prison for illegalpossession of a weapon, and was thus unable to record any new material: thisalso meant Tha Carter IVs recording sessions were once more put onhold.Following Waynes release from prison, the album was re-recorded fromscratch. The recording sessions resumed at various locations, involving severalrecord producers including Bangladesh, Detail, T-Minus, Noah "40"Shebib, Polow da Don, Jim Jonsin, Kane Beatz, Boi-1da, WillyWill, StreetRunner, Cool & Dre, Young Ladd, The Smeezingtons and KanyeWest. The albums largely concerns the themes of sex, violence, drugs andcrime, but also love, hurt and emotional conflict. Appearances on the albuminclude Cory Gunz, Drake, T-Pain, Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, JohnLegend, Bruno Mars, Birdman, Kevin Rudolf, Jadakiss, Bun B, Nas, Shyne andBusta Rhymes.Following a heavily delayed release, Tha Carter IV was releasedto digital retailers at midnight on August 28, 2011, following Waynesscheduled performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and physical retailersreceived the album the following day. The Carter IV achieved first week sales of964,000 copies in the United States and became Lil Waynes second album totop the US Billboard 200 in its first week. The album received generally mixedreviews from music critics, who were divided in their responses towards thealbums production and Waynes own performances on the album: they felt ita disappointment compared to his previous work. In an interview with XXL, LilWayne hinted that the album might be his last.
DrakeAubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), who records under themononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor. He originallybecame known for playing Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi:The Next Generation. In June 2009, Drake signed a recording contract withLil Waynes Young Money Entertainment. In November 2009, Lil Waynereleased a statement announcing that Drakes first studio album, ThankMe Later, had been completed. The album was released on June15, 2010, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.m The albumhas since gone platinum. He released his second studio album onNovember 15, 2011 titled Take Care. Drake was set to release an R&Bmixtape sometime in the future along with a collaboration album with LilWayne however both have been postponed for various reasons. Drake hasworked with several other hip-hop artists such as Lil Wayne, YoungJeezy, Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z. With the success of his mixtapeturned EP So Far Gone, Drake has been nominated for several awardsincluding Grammys, even being selected to perform at the 2010 Grammyaward ceremony. Drake has also won several awards, including two JunoAwards in 2010 for Best New Artist, and Rap Recording of the Year.
2010Thank Me Later is the debut studio album ofCanadian recording artist Drake, released June15, 2010, on Young Money Entertainment, CashMoney Records and Universal Motown Records.Production for the album took place at variousrecording studios during 2009 to 2010 and wasmostly produced by longtime collaborators Noah"40" Shebib and Boi-1da, and also featuredcontributions from Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, NickiMinaj, Lil Wayne, The-Dream and KanyeWest, among others. Thank Me Later features apredominantly sparse, downbeat production andcontains subjective lyrics concerning themes offame, self-examination, and love. The albumreceived positive reviews from most musiccritics, who complimented Drakes introspectivelyrics and drew musical comparisons to the worksof hip hop artists Kanye West and Kid Cudi.Following an anticipated release, it debuted atnumber one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling447,000 copies in the United States in its firstweek. It reached platinum certification in Canadawithin its debut week and produced four singlesthat attained chart success including internationalhit "Find Your Love" and Billboard hits"Over", "Miss Me" and "Fancy". The album hasbeen certified platinum by the Recording IndustryAssociation of America, with shipments of onemillion copies in the United States.
2011Take Care is the second studio album by Canadianrecording artist Drake, released November15, 2011, on Young Money Entertainment and CashMoney Records. It is the follow-up to his 2010 debutalbum Thank Me Later. Production for the album tookplace during 2010 to 2011 and was handled by Noah"40" Shebib, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Just Blaze, TheWeeknd, and Jamie xx, among others. With thealbum, Drake sought to record a more cohesiverecording than his debut album, which he viewed wasrushed in its development. Expanding on the sonicaesthetic of his debut album, Take Care features anatmospheric sound that is characterized by low-keymusical elements and incorporates R&B, pop, andelectronica styles. Drakes lyrics mostly eschewboastful raps for introspective lyrics that deal withtopics such as failed romances, relationship withfriends and family, growing wealth and fame, concernsabout leading a hollow life, and despondency. Thealbum has been noted by music writers for itsminimalist R&B elements, existential subjectmatter, conflicted lyrics, and Drakes alternately sungand rapped vocals.One of the most anticipated music releases in2011, Take Care experienced several delays to itsrelease date and subsequently leaked to the Internetnine days before its scheduled release. The album hasproduced two singles, "Headlines" and "Make MeProud", both of which attained chart success in theUnited States and Canada. Upon its release, Take Carereceived general acclaim from music critics, whopraised its expansive production, emotionalthemes, and Drakes songwriting.
Nicki MinajOnika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage nameNicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian born American recording artist signed to Young MoneyEntertainment. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, but moved tothe Queens borough of New York City at age five. Minaj began her music career in2007 after she released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over. The mixtape wasfollowed by the mixtapes Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty which were releasedin 2008 and 2009, respectively. Minaj had her first label success after fellowAmerican rapper, Lil Wayne discovered and secured a record deal with her withYoung Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown Records InAugust 2009. Her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday, quickly became a commercialsuccess, peaking at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified Platinumby the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release.She became the first artist ever to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 atthe same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached #1 on the Billboard HotRap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chartunaccompanied since Missy Elliott accomplished it with Work It in 2002. She alsobecame the first female artist to be included on MTVs Annual Hottest MC List.
2010Pink Friday is the debut studio album by hip hop recording artistNicki Minaj, released on November 19, 2010 through Young MoneyEntertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal MotownRecords. Its deluxe version contains three additional songs and wasreleased simultaneously. The intended lead single from thealbum, "Massive Attack", flopped commercially, and was thereforeremoved from Pink Friday. The album was preceded by the singles"Your Love" and "Right Thru Me" which were released in June andSeptember 2010, respectively. "Your Love" reached #1 on the HotRap Songs chart, while "Right Thru Me" peaked at #2. In addition, apreviously released joint single between American rapper will.i.amand Minaj, "Check It Out", appears on the album. A thirdsingle, "Moment 4 Life", features Canadian rapper Drake and wasreleased in December 2010. It topped the Hot Rap Songs chart in theUS."Romans Revenge", which originally featured rapperEminem, was remixed to feature Minajs labelmate Lil Wayne, andwas released as the fourth single on January 19, 2011. After beingreleased as Pink Fridays fifth single, "Did It Onem" very positivereviews from critics, and peaked at #4 on the US Rap Songs chart."Girls Fall Like Dominoes" was released as a single in Australia andthe U.K., as the sixth single overall. It samples "Dominos" by Britishindie rock band The Big Pink. On May 13, 2011, "Super Bass", abonus track from the deluxe version of Pink Friday, was released as asingle. It is one of Minajs most successful singles, reaching #3 on theBillboard Hot 100. The eighth single from the album, "Fly", featuresBarbados singer Rihanna, and was released on August 30, 2011. Ithas since peaked at #22 on the Hot 100. A ninth single, "Im theBest", is set to be released on December 4, 2011. Pink Fridayfeatures production styles crossing the genres of pop, hip-hop andR&B. Contributions to the albums production came from a widerange of producers including J.R. Rotem, Bangladesh, Swizz Beatz, T-Minus and will.i.am. After a much anticipated release as the result ofMinajs extensive featured appearances on the singles of otherartists, Pink Friday debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200chart with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. Ultimately reachingnumber one on the chart, it has been certified platinum by theRecording Industry Association of America and, as of September2011, has sold 1,588,000 copies in the United States.
TygaMichael Stevenson (born November 19, 1989), better knownby his stage name Tyga (an acronym for Thank You GodAlways), is an American rapper signed to Young MoneyEntertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal RepublicRecords. He is of Vietnamese and Jamaican descent. He firstreceived recognition with his debut single "CoconutJuice", featuring his cousin Travie McCoy
2009No Introduction is the debut studioalbum by American rapper Tyga. It wasreleased on June 10, 2008, onDecaydance Records,[and YoungMoney Entertainment.One of the songs from thisalbum, "Diamond Life", was used inthe video game Need for Speed:Undercover, and on Madden 2009, aswell as in the 2009 movie Fighting.
2011Careless World: Rise of the Last King isthe second studio album, and the firstfor Young Money Entertainment byAmerican rapper Tyga. The album isscheduled for release December20, 2011[on Young MoneyEntertainment, Cash Money Recordsand Universal Republic Records.