The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty

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The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
TygaGoldalbum.jpg
Studio album by Tyga
Released June 23, 2015
Recorded 2014–15
Genre Hip hop
Length 44:33
Label Last Kings
Producer
Tyga chronology
Fan of a Fan: The Album
(2015)Fan of a Fan: The Album2015
The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
(2015)
Fuk Wat They Talkin Bout
(2015)Fuk Wat They Talkin Bout2015
Singles from The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
  1. "Hollywood Niggaz"
    Released: May 19, 2015
  2. "Pleazer"
    Released: June 16, 2015

The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (also commonly known as The Gold Album) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Tyga. It premiered exclusively on Spotify on June 23, 2015.[1] The album serves as his first release on his independent record label Last Kings Records. It received generally mixed reviews from critics.

Recording and production[edit]

Kanye West was the executive producer of the project.

On May 1, 2014, Tyga made a tweet, stating that the project would be executively produced by Kanye West. The production on the album would be provided by Mike Dean, alongside his frequent collaborator Jess Jackson.[2][3]

Promotion[edit]

The album's first promotional single, "Wait for a Minute", was released on October 22, 2013.[4] The song features a duet between Tyga and Canadian singer Justin Bieber, while the production was handled by Maejor.

The album's second promotional single, "Hookah", was released on April 9, 2014. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Young Thug, while the production was handled by London on da Track.

Release[edit]

On January 8, 2015, the project was availably made for the pre-order on iTunes,[5] including two promotional singles: "Make It Work" and "40 Mill" (with the production handled by West and Mike Dean).[6] As of June 2015, these pre-order tracks were removed, however, and were not included in the album's final track listing. The mixtape differs from other Tyga projects as it was not released physically by CD or vinyl pressings, which could've contributed to the mixtape's lackluster commercial performance. In addition to that, some songs that Tyga intended to have on this project had to be removed: "Hookah" featuring Young Thug, "Wait for a Minute" featuring Justin Bieber, "Erryday", "40 Mill", "Real Deal", "Make It Work", and some unreleased collaborations with Future, Drake and Chris Brown were all not present on the album. The reason being Tyga's previous label was not allowing him to release them as they had ownership of the songs. This is why the track list was short and concise in terms of number of songs. To date, the project is only available on streaming formats.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic45/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX2/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork3.9/10[9]
PopMatters5/10 stars[10]
XXLL (3/5)[11]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the project has received an average score of 45 based on 4 reviews, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[12] In a negative review, Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork wrote "Tyga doesn't even sound like he's having fun here; the prevailing mood is one of vague bitterness, directed at everyone, but particularly women." Garvey further lamented that the songs "Hookah", "Wait for a Minute", "Make It Work" and "40 Mill" were not part of the album's final track listing.[9] Writing for The News Hub, Samson Pharaoh stated "The latter parts of the record flicker with depth and the rapper often comes off well-roundedly", but still felt the production of the album was "sleepy" on tracks like "4 My Dawgs". Ultimately, he gave the album 5 out of 10 stars.[13] In an average review, PopMatters said "the album is full of songs that falter either for a lack of a guiding beat or because of misguided lyrics that carry little purpose [...] On '4 My Dawgz', Lil Wayne delivers a painful-sounding few bars, describing his 'going crazy', which is an apt feeling after listening to the ten songs preceding it."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following nearly a full week of streaming and three days of sales via iTunes, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty failed to reached on the Billboard 200;[14] it sold only 2,200 copies during the tracking week.[15] Tyga defended the album's low sales on Twitter, explaining that streaming was the release's primary focus. Indeed, track streams from the mixtape during the tracking week numbered around four million.[15] Nevertheless, even with consumption from streaming included, the album's total equivalent album units count for the week numbered less than 5,000.[14]

Singles[edit]

On May 19, 2015, the first single was released, titled "Hollywood Niggaz".[16] The second single "Pleazer" featuring guest appearance from American rapper Boosie Badazz, was released June 12, 2015, but neither of the singles from the album charted.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from album's liner notes.[17]

The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty[18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Spitfire"
2:10
2."Muh Fucka" (featuring A.E.)
  • Stevenson
  • Alexander Edwards
  • Jackson
  • Bedrock
  • Jackson[a]
3:01
3."Shaka Zulu"
4:14
4."God Talk"
3:14
5."Hard for You"
  • Stevenson
  • Regis Bell
  • Dean
  • Jackson
3:14
6."Down for a Min"
  • Stevenson
  • King
  • Dean
  • Jackson
4:13
7."Pure Luxury"
  • Stevenson
  • Bell
  • Dean
  • Jackson
4:59
8."Wham"
3:19
9."Pleazer" (featuring Boosie Badazz)
4:18
10."Hollywood Niggaz"
  • Stevenson
  • Jackson
Jackson3:32
11."4 My Dawgs" (featuring Lil Wayne)
3:56
12."Bloodline"
  • Stevenson
  • Jackson
Jackson4:23
Total length:44:33

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[19] 24
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 24

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States June 23, 2015 Digital download Last Kings [18]
November 24, 2017 LP Last Kings, EMPIRE

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spotify Player". spotify.com. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Twitter / Tyga: #TheGoldAlbum @therealmikedean". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Kanye West To Executive Produce Tyga's Next Album?". Vibe. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  4. ^ Saad, Megan (October 21, 2013). "New Music: Tyga feat. Justin Bieber 'Wait For A Minute'". Vibe. 
  5. ^ "Tyga ~ The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (Pre-Order on iTunes Now!)". OVO Forums - Hip Hop, Drake, Music, and Lifestyle forum. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tyga – 40 Mill (Produced by Kanye West & Mike Dean)". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Critic Reviews for The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty". Metacritic. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty Review on HipHopDX". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty Review". PopMatters. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty review on XXL Mag". XXL. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty Critics Review". Metacritic. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Review: Tyga - "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty"". The News Hub. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Smith, Trevor (July 4, 2015). "Charts Don't Lie: July 4th". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Tharpe, Frazier (July 1, 2015). "Here's How Many Copies Tyga's 'The Gold Album' Sold Since It Hit iTunes on Friday". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hollywood Niggaz - Single by Tyga". iTunes. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Digital Booklet - The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" (PDF). DocDroid. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty by Tyga on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Tyga Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Tyga Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Tyga-The-Gold-Album-18th-Dynasty/release/11191375