Trouble Over At Cash Money Records: Tyga Album Delayed Again

hiphopBY DONOVAN MOORE

Rapper Tyga is having issues with his label Cash Money Records, which is housed under Republic Records (formerly Universal Republic Records), a division of Universal Music Group.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, also known as Tyga, first gained attention after the release of his debut independent album, 2008’s “No Introduction.” The project gathered him enough recognition to sign a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. His major-label debut, “Careless World: Rise to the Last King” was released almost two years ago (February 2012) and included the popular singles “Rack City,” “Faded” featuring Lil Wayne, “Still Got It” featuring Drake and “Make It Nasty.” He released his third album and second major-label offering, “Hotel California” on April 9, 2013, which included the singles “For The Road” featuring Chris Brown, “Show You” featuring Future and “Dope” featuring Rick Ross.

Together, Tyga’s major albums sold over 500,000 copies combined and he also sold over two-million singles along in the United States. With all the success that Tyga was having, things started to take a turn for the worse. His forthcoming album, “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” was scheduled to come out last November, but the album still has yet to see the light of day. A month before the album’s scheduled release, Tyga took to Twitter and lashed out at his current labels (mainly Cash Money), reporting that his music is being held hostage and threatened to leak the album.

On December 4, 2014, Tyga announced that the album would be released independently on January 27 via his Last Kings label due to unfriendly terms with Cash Money Records. Apparently, Tyga and his label are still not on good terms and Cash Money’s CEO Byran “Birdman” Williams is not letting him out of his contract easily. Now fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Tyga’s forthcoming project. The album has been pushed back until further notice. He tweeted, the album “won’t be released on the 27th, still fighting with the label on my release.”

In the meantime, Tyga’s joint album with Chris Brown, “Fan of a Fan 2,” is scheduled for release this spring. The duo recently shot a video for the first single “Ayo” in L.A. with director Colin Tilley. Tyga and Chris Brown along with R&B singer Trey Songz will also kick off their “Between the Sheets” soon.