Tyga Doesn’t Want to Go Pop on ‘Hotel California’

Although Tyga has quickly been building his buzz, he’s not quite ready to crossover outside of hip-hop. The Young Money MC has a clear vision of what he wants from his new album, Hotel California, and it isn’t pop.

In a new interview with Complex, the “Rack City” rapper opens up about the creative direction for his upcoming project.

“I’m comfortable. I’ve built my own sound, but I’m not going to drift away from that sound too much,” he says of the follow-up to this year’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King.

Working with Young Money’s other successful acts like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne has helped Tyga hone his artistry. “Young Money is mainstream and we big, but, you don’t have to make pop records to be bigger,” he says. “I don’t want to be like, ‘Alright, now I been on from all these singles, let me go make some crossover stuff.’ That’s not what my fans want hear from me. It’s cool, you get some radio spins, but I can do that with what I’m doing now.”

He’s channeling his experiences into his music. “On this next album, I’m about to gather all these things that I learned in this last two years. Let me gather everything up and let me really go hard and really, really do this shit and start showing people my life and engage with more of my fans and really step up to the plate.”

Just last week, Tyga dropped a trippy visual for his Well Done 3 single “Do My Dance” featuring 2 Chainz and is readying the release of his Fan of a Fan 2 mixtape with Chris Brown.