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Review: Tyga Isn’t The Shit, But You Didn’t Need 'Bitch I’m the Shit 2' to Figure That Out

Tyga may not be with Kylie anymore, but 'Bitch I’m the Shit 2' is still very much reality TV rap.
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Heartbreak has a way of galvanizing artists into producing some of their best work. Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear, Adele’s 21, Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak—all incredible, important and widely successful albums built from the pieces of a broken heart.

Something tells me Tyga’s Bitch I’m the Shit 2 isn’t going to be one of those moments.

I couldn’t tell you where this mixtape falls in Tyga’s discography or what kind of high expectations the first installment set, but what I do know is Bitch I’m the Shit 2 is Tyga’s first full-length release since breaking up with his toy girl-of-three-years Kylie Jenner.

Kylie has since coupled up with Travi$ Scott, while Tyga has been spotted with numerous girls, each of whom has a nice face and tons of IG followers, which tells you all you need to know about how meaningful that relationship was.

If reality TV drama isn’t the kind of thing that makes you listen to a mixtape, though, maybe the guest list will. Clocking in at 16 tracks (*insert joke about Tyga and under-18s*), Bitch I’m the Shit 2 includes appearances from Pusha T, Vince Staples, Young Thug, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign, Chief Keef and his Gold Album executive producer Kanye West (yay for nepotism!)

Okay, Tyga, you’ve got our attention. But do you actually have anything remotely interesting to say this time?

Three Songs That Don’t Completely Suck

“Feel Me” ft. Kanye West

Normally, we don’t include previously-released songs in a Cheat Code review—“Feel Me” originally dropped on New Year’s Day. I legitimately would’ve preferred to treat my hangover with a 1.5-liter bottle of Henny—but exceptions have to be made if either of us wants to get through this thing. “Feel Me” was a pretty terrible song on January 1 and it hasn’t aged well, but Tyga projects have a funny way of making bad songs sound almost okay. They’re the designated ugly fat friend of the group.

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“Playboy” ft. Vince Staples

Vince Staples recently revealed that “Playboy” was supposed to feature himself and Pusha T, which is the only logical explanation for him taking the gig. The fact this beat actually goes hard only makes King Push’s absence all the more disappointing. Maybe he made up some excuse about having to do G.O.O.D. Music President stuff when he heard Tyga rap, “It must be March ’cause y’all mad at me / It’s March Madness and I ball like Kansas City.” It’s really weird how this song gets infinitely better at the 1:57 mark.

“Flossin’” ft. King

I am fully aware I’m a snarky son of a bitch, but there are two things you will never catch me poking fun at: people’s kids and Zaytoven beats. Featuring Zay’s trademark twinkle and admittedly adorable ad-libs from Tyga’s four-year-old son King, “Flossin’” might just be the redeeming moment of this whole sorry ass experience. Imagine the look on Gucci’s face when he hears this beat and then hears Tyga say, “Floss, floss, I’ma a boss, I should be from Boston.”

Bitch I’m the Shit 2 is the first Tyga project I can honestly say I've heard in full, and throughout my listening experience, there was one question that kept scratching at my soul: who actually listens to this guy?

Tyga is a painfully shallow rapper whose only admirable quality is his confidence to rap about stuff that has been rapped about to death (with only half the creativity) over beats that sound like knock-off versions of whatever’s hot. He even has the audacity to spell out his rhymes for his audience, as if they were even remotely clever or complex to begin with. “911 on my wrist, feel me? / Not the time but the whip, bitch, feel me?” he clarifies on “Feel Me.”

Breaking up with Kylie Jenner is the first time Tyga has had anything mildly interesting or relatable to talk about in his music, but on Bitch I’m the Shit 2, he breezes right past the opportunity with that blank stare of his. The closest he gets to showing even a hint of heartbreak is by rapping, “You had it, you lost it / You lost it, yeah you lost it” on “Flossin.”

Maybe Tyga just likes to separate his public art from his private life—or maybe this mixtape is further proof that Tyga, having spent the better part of his adult life being an unequivocal cornball, has built up such superhuman self-defence mechanisms, he’s physically incapable of being self-aware. Did I mention he called himself “the new Killa Cam” (twice)?!

Tyga may not be with Kylie anymore, but Bitch I’m the Shit 2 is still very much reality TV rap: ostensibly flashy and attractive, full of fast cars and Calabasas cribs, but ultimately hollow, both emotionally and intellectually. I can only assume the same people who watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians have kept Tyga’s career afloat this long.

Tyga isn’t the shit, but you didn’t need Bitch I’m the Shit 2 to figure that out.

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