Hotel California (Tyga album)

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Hotel California
Tyga Hotel California1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 9, 2013
GenreHip hop
Tyga chronology
Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Hotel California
Fan of a Fan: The Album
Alternate cover
MP3 exclusive cover
MP3 exclusive cover
Singles from Hotel California
  1. "Dope"
    Released: January 15, 2013
  2. "For the Road"
    Released: April 4, 2013
  3. "Show You"
    Released: August 27, 2013

Hotel California is the third studio album by American rapper Tyga. It was released on April 9, 2013, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records; distributed by Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, The Game, Jadakiss, while the production on the album was handled by DJ Mustard, Detail, Cool & Dre, David D.A. Doman, Mars of 1500 or Nothin', The Olympicks, SAP and Ryan Hunt, among others.

Hotel California was supported by three singles: "Dope" featuring Rick Ross, "For the Road" featuring Chris Brown, and "Show You" featuring Future; while serving as the promotional single was "Molly" featuring Cedric Gervais, Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mall.

The album was met with mixed reviews from music critics. Commercially, it was less successful than his second studio album, debuting at number 7 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 54,000 copies in the United States.[1]


On August 20, 2012, Tyga announced the title to his third album, which would be called Hotel California.[2][3] Tyga explained he made the album in a very short time so all the material would sound the same and go well together. He also compared it to a really good mixtape saying you wouldn't see much music dedicated to the commercial fans.[4] The title is a dedication to his home state of California.[5] Most of the album's sound is based on 1990s West Coast hip hop and sampling.[6]

Recording and production[edit]

CEO of Young Money, Lil Wayne appeared on the song "500 Degrees", and served as one of the album's executive producers.

On November 24, during his tour vlog, Tyga announced Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne, to be featured on his upcoming album.[7] The album was named number 28 on XXL's Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 list.[8] On February 7, 2013, Tyga said that he'd was almost finished with the album.[5] He confirmed that he had worked with a fellow rapper ASAP Rocky for this album, but didn't make the final track listing.[9] Musician JMSN was confirmed as one of his multiple collaborations to the album, during his interview with Complex.[10]

The album features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Future, The Game and Jadakiss.[11] The Tupac feature on the song was one of the most talked about announcements, with the song sharing the same title as Tupac's 1996 diss record, "Hit Em Up". Tyga later clarified that this song was not a remake of Tupac's classic record, but would include unreleased Tupac vocals. He intended to have the song feature Nicki Minaj, but he decided to use Jadakiss as the guest vocalist to sing with the Tupac vocals.[12] However, Tupac's voice does not appear on the final album version, they could not clear the vocal samples.[13] Production on the album was handled by mostly lesser known producers, along with Cool & Dre, DJ Mustard, David D.A. Doman, Lil' C, SAP and Mars of 1500 or Nothin'.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

In August 2012, Tyga released the mixtape Well Done 3, in promotion for the album. The mixtape features guest appearances from The Game, Honey Cocaine, 2 Chainz, Future, Kirko Bangz, D-Lo and Joe Moses; supporting the mixtape was the single, "Do My Dance".[15] Tyga later announced that he would be releasing a nine-track mixtape under the name 187.[16] The mixtape was released on November 30, 2012. It features remixes to songs such as 2 Chainz's "I'm Different", ASAP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems" and GOOD Music's "Clique", among others and some new materials.[17] In January 2013, Tyga announced a Fan of a Fan 2 mixtape with Chris Brown would be finished when the latter was done touring overseas.[18]

In November 2012, during a red carpet interview at the American Music Awards, he announced that the album would be released for March 2013.[19] On January 22, 2013, Tyga announced on Twitter that the album would be released on March 26, 2013.[20] He then pushed it back to April 9, 2013, to avoid clashing with the release of Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II, and to clear some of the samples he planned to use on the album.[6] The release date was revealed by DJ Khaled at the end of "Outro" off the Cash Money Records mixtape, titled "Rich Gang: All Stars".[21]

Cover artwork[edit]

On March 6, 2013, Tyga released the album cover, along with a trailer for the album. The cover art features Tyga in a white fur coat and hat at a lavish mansion, while a tiger sits at his feet.[22][23] However, it was rumored that he used photoshop instead of a live tiger.[24] Tyga later admitted in an interview with MTV that he jumped the gun by releasing the original cover saying, "Actually that wasn't the official cover, it was never done. I had just tweeted it out like let me see what people think."[25] However, the originally-released cover would turn out to be the in store retail cover.[26] In August 2013, Complex would name the album cover one of "The 30 Worst Hip-Hop Album Covers of All Time".[27]


Beginning the first week of April, Tyga began a world tour, in promotion of the album. The tour consists of a month in the United States and a month overseas.[5]


Rapper Rick Ross made a guest appearance on the album's first single "Dope".

In November 2012, Tyga announced that the first single will be titled "Dope", which features guest vocals from a fellow rapper Rick Ross.[28] The song was premiered on December 20, 2012, through Power 106. The song features a sample of Dr. Dre's "Deep Cover".[29] The single was released via digital download on January 15, 2013.[30] The music video was released on January 18, 2013.[31] The song peaked at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In February, 2013, Tyga announced that the second single for the album would be titled "For the Road", which features guest vocals from American recording artist Chris Brown.[5] Tyga then said that the song has the same feeling as their hit "Deuces".[6] The song was produced by Cordale "Lil' C" Quinn, and it officially premiered on March 25, 2013. The song was released for digital download on April 4, 2013, along with the pre-order for the album.[32] The music video was filmed in late April, directed by Colin Tilley.[33] The music video for "For the Road" was released on May 19, 2013.[34]

On July 23, 2013, the music video for "Show You" featuring Future, premiered on 106 & Park.[35] "Show You" was released to Rhythmic contemporary radio, as the album's third single on August 27, 2013.[36]

Promotional singles[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Tyga released the previously leaked song, titled "Molly"; a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, Mally Mall and Cedric Gervais, as the album's promotional single.[37] On March 21, 2013, Tyga shot the music video for "Molly" with Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mall. It was shot in downtown Los Angeles and was directed by Colin Tilley. He described the video as I, Robot meets Alice in Wonderland.[38] On April 7, 2013, the music video was released.[39] The song has since peaked at number 66 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Other songs[edit]

Upon the release, "500 Degrees" featuring Lil Wayne, "Hijack" featuring 2 Chainz and "Get Loose" debuted at 38, 39 and 46 respectfully on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, respectively.[40] On September 12, 2013, the music video for "Don’t Hate The Playa" was released.[41] On September 20, 2013, the music video for "Hijack" featuring 2 Chainz was released.[42]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[43]
HipHopDX2.5/5 stars[45]
Now2/5 stars[46]
XXL2/5 stars (M)[50]

Hotel California was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 50, based on 7 reviews, indicating "mixed reviews".[51] David Jeffries AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Hotel California refuses to sort his over-the-top bangers into anything sensible, and without a "Rack City" to make it crossover worthy, this is a full-length to leave for the fans."[43] Dave William of XXL gave the album an M, saying "Tyga still thrives in his comfort zone and there are songs that will find success on this album. It’s a desire for more than that that’s missing here."[50] Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "His sexual callousness wears off quickly, and what listeners are left with is a release better fit for a Ramada Inn than a Four Seasons."[45] Jeff Weiss of Spin gave the album a three out of ten, saying "Hotel California is inexcusable. It may be the least creative major-label rap album in recent memory. It's like it was A&R'd by the people who green-lit Battleship, the movie."[49]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 54,000 copies in the United States.[1] In its second week the album sold 19,000 more copies.[52] In its third week, the album sold 12,000 more copies bringing its total to 84,000.[53]

In 2013, Hotel California was ranked as the 186th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200.[54]

Track listing[edit]

1."500 Degrees" (featuring Lil Wayne)Ryan Hunt3:45
2."Dope" (featuring Rick Ross)
3."Get Loose"
  • Stevenson
  • Ronald "Ron Sizzle" Smith
Ron Sizzle2:47
4."Diss Song"
5."Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Jadakiss)
6."Molly" (featuring Cedric Gervais, Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mall)
Dez Dynamic3:38
7."For the Road" (featuring Chris Brown)4:03
8."Show You" (featuring Future)
9."It Neva Rains" (featuring The Game)
Cool & Dre4:07
10."M.O.E." (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  • Stevenson
  • Thomaz
  • M. Roberts
  • Jackson
11."Hijack" (featuring 2 Chainz)
12."Get Rich"
  • Stevenson
  • Bell
  • Jackson
14."Drive Fast, Live Young"
  • David D.A. Doman
  • Jackson
15."Palm Trees"The Olympicks2:52


  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "Drive Fast, Live Young" contains uncredited vocals by JMSN.

Sample credits


Release history[edit]

Regions Dates Label(s)
Worldwide April 7, 2013 Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Republic Records


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