Naming his album after the classic hit by the Eagles, one would expect Tyga to do something special to live up to the name "Hotel California." However, Tyga delivers a group of tracks with hardly any ambition, creativity or lyricism.
Even though Tyga had a few hits like "Coconut Juice" and "Faded" from his previous albums, most recognize him as the guy who made "Rack City" with fellow label mate Lil Wayne. The problem with having such a successful song is that an artist will often try to recreate it. With similar bass lines and piano melodies, "Dope," "Get Loose" and "Switch Lanes" all appear to be attempted recreations of "Rack City."
Typically the beginning of an album is supposed to hook the listener in. But with "Hotel California," the first three songs ("500 Degrees," "Dope" and "Get Loose") all amount to one forgettable mesh of heavy bass, barely coherent metaphors and an absurd amount of lyrics pertaining to sex and drug usage.
Songs like "Molly" and "For the Road" show some of the current issues in hip-hop music. "Molly" is a song bluntly advocating the usage of the drug MDMA. "For the Road," featuring Chris Brown, is about as perverted as it gets. Tyga and Brown have apparently never heard of discretion. Their immense libido is on full display here and leaves one feeling quite filthy.
While the list of negative elements on the album is long, the production and some of the star features are certainly not on that list. "Show You," featuring auto-tuned rapper Future, is the best example of this. Tyga tunes back the overall sexual grotesqueness with more of a love song feel, while Future (sometimes jokingly referred to as "Future Vandross") lays down a dreamy, harmonious hook that will stay stuck in the listener's head for quite some time. This is one of the few songs on "Hotel California" that has the potential to be a radio hit.
Although Tyga does try to show some emotion and lyricism on songs like "Dad's Letter" and "Diss Song," the overall content of the album is quite disappointing. Despite a few enjoyable songs like "Drive Fast, Live Young" and "M.O.E.," most of "Hotel California" is hard to listen to more than once.
Fans of the Los Angeles based rapper can definitely expect a few songs to jump around and
sing along to; however, if "Hotel California" is any indication, they can
also expect a lot of mind-numbing bass lines with callous sexual innuendoes, lyrics about money flaunting and ambiguous metaphors.
Tyga's "Hotel California" is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon or available to listen to on Spotify.