Tyga, a 25-year-old rapper of thus-far dubious talent, is doing his best to ensure that 2015 isn’t exclusively remembered as a stellar year for rap. He has released two of the year’s least-essential hip-hop albums: The Gold Album, which made a pitiful impact when it dropped after numerous delays and battles with Cash Money, and his new mixtape, Fuk What They Talkin Bout, which arrived just yesterday. The latter showcases largely witless raps about Tyga’s rise to wealth and his f–king prowess atop what are forgettable, generic beats that sound like they came straight from Jr.’s First Hip-Hop Keyboard. But the really upsetting thing about Fuk What They Talkin Bout is how much Tyga is leaning into the statutory rape accusations that have been leveled at him in the wake of his relationship with Kylie Jenner, who turned 18 a scant 15 days ago.
Rumors that the two were dating despite their seven-year age gap — and, of course, California’s age of consent laws — have been thrown around for a while. Drake advised him to “act your age and not your girl’s age” in the scalding If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late closer, “6PM in New York,” while Kanye West somewhat creepily joked (?) that Tyga was smart because he “got in early” with his sister-in-law during a February Breakfast Club appearance. Up until now, Tyga usually denied any romantic involvement between himself and the teenager. As of Fuk What They Talkin Bout, however, it’s pretty clear that the two are dating, and he wants y’all to know that age is just a number.
“Motivate my niggas / Can’t complain when your chick name Jenner,” Tyga boasts on “Glitta,” explaining how he touts his barely legal girlfriend as an aspirational object for his crew. “Now they tryna put a scandal on me,” he raps on the aptly named “$candal,” blaming all the haters for objecting to an illegal relationship. “Say she young, she was askin’ for it / She was askin’ for it, I had the answers for her.”
And then there’s probably the single most upsetting lyric of 2015, off of the album lowlight, “$timulated.”
“They say she young, I should’ve waited / She a big girl, dog, when she stimulated”
Add all that with a copious amount of lyrics about how much sex Tyga has (lines that we hope he wrote in the past two weeks), a sample of Michael Jackson complaining about being labeled and persecuted as a “child molester,” and a track called “Ice Cream Man” that can’t help but take on a gross, age-inappropriate vibe given the context, (“She like to f–k me, suck me, suck then f–k me”), and a theme starts to emerge. The theme being, “Yeah, so what?”
Tyga should just remember that “She a big girl, dog, when she stimulated” isn’t an acceptable excuse legally or morally.