Tyga, a stage name that is an acronym for “Thank You God Always,” is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor known for his several rap hits, including “Rack City” or “Faded.”
Tyga, born Michael Ray Stevenson, was born on November 19, 1989 in Compton, California. When he was around 11 or 12 years old, him and his family moved to Gardena. His mother is Vietnamese and his father is Jamaican.
While Tyga said he had grown up in a low income area, leaked footage showed Tyga saying that he grew up in a nice home and that his parents drove a Range Rover. This drew some skepticism from fans on which was the truth about Tyga’s childhood.
Tyga has been in relationships with several celebrity women. Tyga first started dating Blac Chyna in 2011 during the music video shoot of his song “Rack City”. The two dated for three years and have a son together named King. During their breakup in 2014, things got messy. Allegedly, Tyga hacked Blac Chyna’s Instagram and Twitter, as tweets were sent out from Blac Chyna’s socials saying that “she was a gold digger” and “never really loved Tyga.” Their feud went on for a while and the two both ended up dating somebody in the Kardashian-Jenner clan. More of the drama between Chyna, Tyga, and the Kardashian-Jenner family is seen on the show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Tyga also has famously dated Kylie Jenner. In 2014, Tyga appeared in some of TV personality Kylie Jenner’s Instagram photos. Many have speculated that Tyga and Blac Chyna’s relationship ended because of Kylie, but Tyga quickly shut those rumors down in a tweet. For a while, Kylie and Tyga shut down the rumors that they were dating. However, the two confirmed their relationship when she turned 18 in 2015. Tyga and Kylie’s relationship has caused some controversy, due to the fact that they most likely dated when she was under age.
Tyga was most recently romantically connected with a mysterious Kylie Jenner look-alike.
Run-ins With The Law
Tyga is no stranger to run-ins with the law. In 2012, two women in Tyga’s “Make It Nasty” video sued the rapper for $10 million dollars each. The women claimed he had published an unedited version showing the women’s nipples without their consent. In 2013, Tyga was also sued by another woman for sexual battery, fraud, and infliction of emotional distress.
Also in 2013, a Beverly Hills-based jeweler sued Tyga for not paying for $91,000 worth of his jewelry. Tyga ended up paying $185,306 in damages due to the cost of the pieces and late fees.
In June of 2015, Tyga was ordered by a judge to pay a settlement of $80,000 to his former landlord, since Tyga has never paid his debt on the home.
Tyga started out his music career by releasing mixtapes. His first mixtape, Young on Probation, impressed artist Travie McCoy, who then offered Tyga a record deal with DCD2 Records. In 2008, Tyga signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment, a record company that represents other big rappers, like Nicki Minaj and Drake. Since then, Tyga has come out with 7 studio albums.
- No Introduction (2008)
- Careless World: Rise of the Last King (2012)
- Hotel California (2013)
- The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (2015)
- B*tchImTheSh*t2 (2017)
- Kyoto (2018)
- Legendary (2019)
While Tyga is mostly known for his music career, he has taken on some acting roles in the past too. His acting debut was in 2012, when he played a student in Mac & Devin Go to High School. He then went on to other film roles like De’Andre in Dope and Salvatore in Once Upon a Time in Venice. His latest role was in 2019 where he played the main role of Jamal “Jay” Elliot in the television series Scream.
Tyga has been nominated and has received many awards throughout his career. He was nominated for his first award in 2011 for the hit song “Deuces” with Chris Brown and Kevin McCall at the Grammys and the BET Awards. Since then, Tyga has been nominated for many other awards, including World’s Best Male Artist in 2014 and World’s Best Album for his album Hotel California in 2014.
Since the start of his career, Tyga has won one award. The award was for MuchVIBE Hip-Hop Video of the Year in 2012 for the song “The Motto” with Drake and Lil Wayne. This award was presented by the MuchMusic Video Awards.
In The News
Lately, Tyga has been busy with his new business venture: a virtual restaurant. In 2020, Tyga launched his new virtual restaurant Tyga Bites. He partnered with celebrity chef Eric Greenspan and Robert Earl to come up with the concept. Tyga Bites sells boneless chicken wings that are only available through Grubhub.
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