Rack City

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"Rack City"
Single by Tyga
from the album Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Released December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre hyphy, trap,
Length 3:28
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer(s) Michael Stevenson, Dijon McFarlane
Producer(s) DJ Mustard
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA)
Tyga singles chronology
"Still Got It"
(2011)
"Rack City"
(2012)
"Faded"
(2012)
Music sample

"Rack City" is a hip hop song performed by Tyga. First released on December 2, 2011, the song serves as the third single from his second studio album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King (2012). DJ Mustard produced and co-wrote the song. It reached a peak of number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] number 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, number 6 on the Rap chart, and number 53 on the Canadian Hot 100.[2][3][4]

Background[edit]

"Rack City" was written by Tyga and DJ Mustard, with the latter also handling the song's production. The song originally appeared on Tyga's mixtape, Well Done 2 (2010). On November 19, 2010, Rap-Up announced that "Rack City" would be released to the iTunes Store in the United States as the second single from Careless World: Rise of the Last King.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

For the chart dated December 10, 2011, "Rack City" debuted at number ninety-four on the Billboard Hot 100. On its eighth charting week, dated January 28, 2012, the single rose fifteen places to number eight - marking Tyga's first solo top ten single. The single spent two non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 before reaching a current peak of number seven on the week ending February 18, 2011.[1] "Rack City" has also reached the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Rap Songs chart - having debuted at number ninety-one on the former for the chart dated November 26, 2011.[2][6][7] On the week ending February 4, 2012, "Rack City" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart, landing in at position number one hundred and fifty-eight. On its third charting week, the single rose twenty-four places to number ninety-eight.[8] The track also charted on the R&B chart, reaching a peak of number twenty-seven for the week ending February 18, 2012.[7] This song was also performed by Frank Twitchy which gained over 16 million views on youtube, allowing this track to top the charts in various countries. This 15 year old emcee who is signed to Citizen Soldier Entertainment has since been able to establish his career as a musician because of the success of the video. The track he did to Tyga's song is called "Rack City Grandma"

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Rack City" directed by Chris Robinson has been on YouTube since September 8, 2011. It has received over 25 million views since. Tyga's girlfriend, Blac Chyna, played the main female role. Tyga released another video for "Rack City" on January 9, 2012 with over 31 million views. The music video to the official remix of "Rack City" that features rappers Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill and T.I. has officially aired on MTV Jams as of February 24, 2012 and was directed by Alex Nazari, this video has over 9 million views on YouTube. It contains his girlfriend, Blac Chyna, who is stripping on him.[9]

Remixes[edit]

The official remix consists of freestyles taken from rappers who made their own remixes, Wale's verse comes from his Rack City remix which features Black Cobain. Fabolous's verse comes from his Black City remix, Young Jeezy's verse comes from his Rack City remix and Meek Mill's T.I.'s verses were arranged especially for the remix. Gucci Mane released a freestyle of the track. Rye Rye released a remix of the song as well with her female side of the rack city song. Yelawolf released a LA Lakers remix of the song. B.o.B released a video for his remix to exclusivley promote his Mixtape E.P.I.C. (Every.Play.Is.Crucial) and Trae Tha Truth also released a freestyle to the track. Honey Cocaine also freestyled to the song. Tory Lanez released a freestyle to the song. Former Missy Elliott protégée Brianna Perry also freestyled off this record for her 2011 mixtape Face Off.

YouTube personality Jack Douglass wrote a parody called "Jack City" about his videos; lifecaster iJustine created a parody called "Mac City" as well.

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The music video for "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" by Train contains scenes of an obsessed audience fan holding up various signs of grief support throughout the video, the final sign humorously saying "Rack City, Bitch!" [10]
  • A local United States newspaper reported on an incident in which a woman fled from police officers after she was caught applying graffiti to buildings that contained the words "Rack City Bitch." The newspaper reported that, while the woman fled, she shouted "ten ten ten twenties on ya titties bitch" to the pursuing officers.[11] After receiving widespread media attention the woman in question later clarified that the report was a hoax, published as a joke in a satirical university publication (similar to The Onion or The Harvard Lampoon).[12]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[13]
No. Title Length
1. "Rack City"   3:28

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[25] December 2, 2011 Digital
download
Young Money
+
Cash Money
Belgium[26]
Denmark[27]
France[28]
Italy[29]
United Kingdom[30]
United States[13] December 6, 2011

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Tyga Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Tyga. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Tyga Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Tyga. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Tyga Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Tyga. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Tyga Celebrates 22nd Birthday in Las Vegas". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. November 19, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Week of November 26, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Archive Chart: 2012-02-24" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2012-03-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Behind the Scenes - 'Rack City' (Remix) - Music Video". The Source. January 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Train (June 11, 2012). "50 Ways To Say Goodbye". YouTube. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Jacob Moore (April 20, 2012). "Girl Flees From Cops While Yelling Tyga's "Rack City" Lyrics". Complex Media. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Cyrus Langhorne (April 24, 2012). "UPDATE: COLLEGE STUDENT CALLS TYGA, "RACK CITY" ARREST REPORTS BOGUS". 4CONTROL Media, Inc. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Rack City – Single by Tyga". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ [1] ARIA Report 1177. Retrieved 2013-04-02
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tyga – Rack City" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Tyga – Rack City" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  17. ^ "Tyga – Rack City". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  18. ^ "Tyga Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Tyga. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  19. ^ "Tyga Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Tyga. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  20. ^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  21. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  22. ^ "Rap Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Tyga – Rack City". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "Rack City – Single by Tyga". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Rack City – Single by Tyga". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Rack City – Single by Tyga". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Rack City – Single par Tyga". iTunes Store (in French). Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Rack City – Single di Tyga". iTunes Store (in Italian). Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Rack City – Single by Tyga". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 

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