Careless World: Rise of the Last King

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Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Studio album by Tyga
Released February 21, 2012
Recorded 2009–12
Genre Hip hop
Length 86:16
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Producer Jess Jackson (exec.), Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter, Jr. (exec.), Cortez Bryant (exec.), Ronald "Slim" Williams (exec.), Bryan "Birdman" Williams (exec.), Noah "40" Shebib, Supa Dups, Cool & Dre, The Neptunes, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Donte "Dnyce" Blacksher, Calvo Da Gr8, DJ Mustard, Cisse Methods, Arthur McArthur, David D.A. Doman, Key Wane
Tyga chronology
No Introduction
(2008)
Careless World: Rise of the Last King
(2012)
Hotel California
(2013)
Singles from Careless World: Rise of the Last King
  1. "Far Away"
    Released: May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
  2. "Still Got It"
    Released: October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
  3. "Rack City"
    Released: December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02)
  4. "Faded"
    Released: January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13)
  5. "Make It Nasty"
    Released: June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)

Careless World: Rise of the Last King is the second studio album by American rapper Tyga. It is his first album under a major label after his independent release, No Introduction. Production for the album took place during 2009 to 2012 and was handled by Jess Jackson, Arthur McArthur, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, and Noah "40" Shebib, among others. The album was released on February 21, 2012 on Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Republic Records. The album endured several release dates due to sampling credits, and experienced a limited release in retail stores due to an uncredited use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s, I Have a Dream speech. Despite the limited release, the album received strong digital downloads, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week. The album has received generally positive reviews from music critics upon release.

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Far Away" featuring Chris Richardson was released on May 17, 2011.[1] The song peaked at number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "Still Got It" featuring Drake was released on October 4, 2011.[2] The song peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The album's third single, "Rack City" was released on December 2, 2011.[3] The song has peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has reached platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album's fourth single, "Faded" featuring Lil Wayne was released on January 13, 2012.[4] The song peaked at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album's fifth single, "Make It Nasty" was released on June 26, 2012.[5]

Tour[edit]

Tyga announced via his website that he would tour in promotion of his new album. The ‘Careless World’ tour will kick off in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Maverick Center on February 17, 2012 and will finish off in New Orleans, at the Howlin Wolf on April 15, 2012.[6]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 61,000 copies despite a limited release in retail stores.[7][8][9] As of April 2013, the album has sold 340,000 copies in the U.S.[10]

Controversy[edit]

Some controversy was aroused regarding the title track of the album, as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s estate wanted to stop the sales of the album due to unauthorized usage of one of his speeches at the end of the song "Careless World". Tyga then tweeted that the issue had been resolved, and the release date would not be altered. New copies of the album, with the MLK speech removed, were shipped to stores.[11]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[13]
Now 3/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[15]
PopMatters (4/10)[16]
RapReviews (7/10)[17]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[18]
Spin (5/10)[19]
The New York Times favorable[20]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[21]

Careless World: Rise of the Last King received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 13 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[22] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Growth since his previous effort is obvious, both for the good (writing skills) and an arguable definition of bad (Penthouse Forum might even balk at some of the aggressive sex talk here), meaning Careless World is a case of happening label meeting able artist, so just let the expensive tape roll and leave it to the audience to sort out. In this case, it's well worth it."[12] Joe Colly of Pitchfork Media gave the album a 6.7 out of 10, saying "Twenty-one tracks at nearly one-and-a-half hours is an insane length for an album with this kind of pop instinct. Set aside that complaint, though, and I'm left without much to pick at. "Rack City": Not a fluke."[15] Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin gave the album a five out of ten, saying "As a whole, though, Careless World is simply mediocre. Tyga wallows in the sort of joyless, affected seriousness that he hinted at on his Black Thoughts mixtape series — "Take a look around, the city on fire / It's all taking place in the middle of my mind / I stand in my middle 'cause death right beside," he rambles on the album's opening bars. In doing so, he draws heavily from his labelmate and the leading master of affected seriousness, Drake, overstuffing syllables into every bar and putting that damned dramatic strain on the last of each."[19]

Anupa Mistry of Now gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Careless World isn’t just Rack City plus 20 filler songs, thanks in large part to a phenomenal production team that included Pharrell Williams, Torontonians Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da and Arthur McArthur, and UK garage-indebted pop auteur Jess Jackson, plus decent guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole and Robin Thicke. The result is a slick, accessible rap record that’s about nine songs too long."[14] Adam Fleischer of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "For all its highlights—and there are many— Careless World: Rise of the Last King still feels disjointed at moments. It’s too long (there are 21 tracks on the album and 23 on the iTunes bonus, and it clocks in at nearly an hour and a half), and doesn’t quite hone in on the narrative it looks to set up on the opener. Even so, Tyga, still just 22-years-old, is growing as an artist, and reveals that there’s more to him than inescapable club jams, for anyone who may have been doubting. Plus, it sounds good, and that’s reason enough to care about the music of this album’s world."[21] Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Careless World perfectly reflects Tyga and the creative traits that he possesses. It’s serious when necessary, occasionally triumphant, and impressive enough that you have to consider him a force to be reckoned with. Likewise, it’s flawed, which is an indication that Tyga has the opportunity to elevate his skills. And with the progress he’s made in the last few years, it’s clear that Tyga won’t have to take the proverbial backseat anymore."[13]

David Amidon of PopMatters gave the album a four out of ten, saying "Careless World is what it is, and while that may not be much it’s professional and adequate enough that – daunting as its length may be – his fans should be satisfied and his detractors should be relieved to continue having little reason to pay him any mind. Well, besides that incendiary Nas spot. Somehow Tyga’s become an excellently modern version of Too $hort’s pioneering delinquency. It’s a shame he seems so afraid to embrace it."[16] Steve Juon of RapReviews gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "At times the album feels bloated and excessive, but Tyga is only 22 years old. He'll learn to pare it down and keep only the best songs on future releases, which will hopefully not be as long delayed as this one was."[23] Monica Herrera of Rolling Stone gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "Tyga's strength isn't in introspection, but curation. Pharrell Williams, Wale, Nas and J. Cole all guest, and those who don't are there in spirit: "Do It All" apes Kanye West's "Power," and "Black Crowns" ends with a voicemail message from Mom that would make even Drake squirm."[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Careless World"   Michael Stevenson, Jess Jackson, Robert Haigh Jess Jackson 4:25
2. "Lil Homie" (featuring Pharrell) Stevenson, Pharrell Williams Pharrell 3:54
3. "Muthafucka Up" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Stevenson, Jackson, Onika Maraj Jess Jackson 3:53
4. "Echoes Interlude"   Stevenson, Jeremy McArthur Arthur McArthur 0:54
5. "Do It All"   Stevenson, Jackson, George Clinton, William Collins, Gary Cooper, Marie Daulne Jess Jackson 4:54
6. "I'm Gone" (featuring Big Sean) Stevenson, Matthew Samuels, Sean Anderson, Jordan Evans, Matthew Burnett, Floyd Bently, Melvin Moore, Jeff Kleinman Boi-1da, Jordan Evans 4:54
7. "For the Fame" (featuring Chris Brown & Wynter Gordon) Stevenson, Jackson, Christopher Brown, Diana Gordon Jess Jackson 3:52
8. "Birdman Interlude"   Stevenson, McArthur, Bryan Williams Arthur McArthur 0:50
9. "Potty Mouth" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Stevenson, Jackson, Trevor Smith Jr., Dwane Weir II Key Wane, Jess Jackson 4:43
10. "Faded" (featuring Lil Wayne) Stevenson, Dwayne Carter Jr., Donte Blacksher Donte "Dnyce" Blacksher, Cisse Methods 3:31
11. "Rack City"   Stevenson, Dijon McFarlane DJ Mustard 3:28
12. "Black Crowns" (additional vocals by Cameron Forbes) Stevenson, Jackson, David Doman, Cameron Lewis, Pier Luigi Salami, Danny Chaimson David D.A. Doman, Jess Jackson 5:25
13. "Celebration" (featuring T-Pain) Faheem Najm, Stevenson, Calvin Kenon Jr. Calvo Da Gr8 3:01
14. "Far Away" (featuring Chris Richardson) Stevenson, Christopher Richardson, Jackson Jess Jackson 3:27
15. "Mystic AKA Mado Kara Mieru Interlude"   Stevenson, McArthur, Christopher Tin Arthur McArthur, C. Tin 0:23
16. "This Is Like" (featuring Robin Thicke) Stevenson, Robin Thicke, Doman, James Lavigne, Mike Malarkey David D.A. Doman 4:17
17. "King & Queens" (featuring Wale & Nas) Stevenson, McArthur, Olubowale Akintimehin, Nasir Jones Arthur McArthur 4:08
18. "Let It Show" (featuring J. Cole) Stevenson, Jermaine Cole, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano Cool & Dre 3:59
19. "Love Game"   Stevenson, Jackson Jess Jackson 7:34
20. "Lay You Down" (featuring Lil Wayne) Stevenson, Carter, Doman, Lavigne, Malarkey David D.A. Doman 4:04
21. "Light Dreams" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius) Stevenson, Jackson, Marsha Ambrosius Jess Jackson 3:48

Chart[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australia Urban Albums Chart (ARIA)[24] 33
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[25] 177
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[citation needed] 145
Canadian Albums Chart[26] 6
UK Albums Chart[27] 56
US Billboard 200[7] 4
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[28] 1
US Billboard Rap Albums[29] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Germany March 12, 2012 CD Universal Music
United Kingdom CD, digital download Universal Island
Canada February 21, 2012 Universal Music
Ireland
United States Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Japan February 21, 2012 CD Universal Music Japan
Brazil Universal Music

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