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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Tyga returns with 2013's Hotel California, a relatively quick follow-up to 2012's Careless World: Rise Of The Last King [Explicit]. Tyga's former album benefited from massively popular single "Rack City" as well as later single "Faded". Hotel California seeks to take the formula of those two singles and spread it across the course of an hour. The results are often middling and merely average. Hotel California has its triumphant moments ("Dope", "Molly", and "It Neva Rains"), but those moments are too few and far between.

"500 Degrees" (featuring Lil Wayne) is well produced, but ultimately feels undercooked to initiate the effort successfully. "Dope" (featuring Rick Ross) arrives timely, emulating the minimal, slinky production work of Tyga's former "Rack City". Rick Ross sounds less energetic than usual on his guest spot, but manages a clever allusion to Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" with a thuggish spin. "Get Loose" continues to play to the clubs, but even a catchy hook and clapping snares only takes one so far. "Diss Song" changes the pace, cleverly sampling "Viskra", but still feels a wee bit short of the mark. "Hit `Em Up" (featuring Jadakiss) features superb production work courtesy of DJ Mustard, but still Tyga and Jadakiss fail to take `full' advantage.

"Molly" (featuring Cedric Gervais, Wiz Khalifa & Mally Mall) atones for previous miscues. While its message is one that is the product of excess, particularly in the hip-hop community, its irresponsible nature suits its reckless MC's perfectly. Sampling Cedric Gervais's "Molly", the sample propels the cut to elite status on this particular effort. The balladry of "For The Road" isn't bad, sampling SWV's "Rain". Chris Brown steals the show, perfectly suited for the lush, sensual hook. Future takes over Brown's role on "Show You", another good, though not great cut. Tyga does yield one of his most memorable lines: "I see you working on your body, getting ready for summer / I gotta new phone, and I lost your number / but I'mma get it, cause that's important." "It Never Rains" (featuring Game) is among the top three cuts, sampling Tony! Toni! Toné!'s "It Never Rains (In Southern California)." While both Tyga and Game deliver here, it is Raphael Saadiq's talkbox hook that truly allures.

Unfortunately following "It Neva Rains", Hotel California is generally average at best. "M.O.E." (featuring Wiz Khalifa) is well produced like the multitude, but definitely not deep. "Hijack" (featuring 2 Chainz) and "Get Rich" are two more triumphs as far as League of Starz's production, but as distinct hits, they are just ok. "Enemies" and "Drive Fast, Live Young" both have pros and cons, while "Palm Trees" ends the effort solidly, but not exceptionally.

Essentially, Hotel California falls into the trap that Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. Did in December 2011 - it's merely average at best. There is nothing wrong with average ultimately as it is adequate, but Hotel California doesn't do enough to propel Tyga to the next level, which just might be hurtful. Three definite hits out of 15 tracks is too small a number. Careless World was better and more thoughtfully constructed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
Of course if you are going to name your album the same title as a popular Eagles' song, you have to back it up with some quality. I would say Tyga got lucky with his last album Careless World: Rise of the Last King with a few hits, but here on Hotel California he fails to capitalize on his luck. There is no originality, the beats here are no different than what you would hear on a Lil Wayne album or such, the lyrics are boderline garbage, and the obvious is that he borrows lines from rap legends such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac. I'm not hating on Tyga. I thought he was hella underrated on that Young Money album, but this is not the same dude who I thought could hang with Drake, and Nikki.

Starting off the album with "500 Degrees" featuring Lil Wayne who had an album with that same title is avarage at best. "Dope" which appeared off one of his mixtapes earlier this year was a pretty good song as he pays homage to Snoop Dogg's "Deep Cover" with Rick Ross. Next is "Get Loose". The beat is generic and the rhymes are terrible as he says "Walk up to your B,told her I'll buy her//N****s talk s***, pull out the fire" Thats just one of the many horrible lines in this song. "Diss Song" has a pretty nice beat as talks about a friend who he had a fallout with. Its a pretty solid song overall. "Hit Em Up" where he uses a memorable name from a Tupac song and lines from a Snoop Dogg song. Unfortunately he his outsined by Jadakiss without even trying. Tyga and Wiz both fall on "Molly" with more bad rhymes (ie. Bands all in my dollars,I'm everywhere, it's poppin'//Can't fall in love, I got options, I'm high school, that's college...) on what could have been a good song. "For The Road" is a bump and grind song with Chris Brown. Here Tyga put a little more effort in this song, making it sound decent. "Show You" with Future is another bad love song. Here Tyga's voice with the beat sounds like a robot. Future's apparance doesn't make things better. "It Neva Rains" is an obvious interpolation of Tony Toni Tone's song of the same name and features The Game. The song really goes nowhere at all as you don't receive any quality from either artist. Again another potentially good song wasted. "M.O.E." again features Wiz Khalifa. This time Wiz outshines Tyga but thats not too saying much. "Hijack" featuring 2 Chainz is straight garbage. Unfortunately "Get Rich" isn't much different either, nuff said. "Enemies" is an improvement over the past two songs, but here you can tell the obvious points he tries to sound like Lil Wayne. "Drive Fast Live Young" is an obvious attempt for a closer for the album. The song is decent at best, but once again Tyga's subpar lyrics are hard to take in (I admit the hook is catchy to me...a guilty pleasure).

The bonus material on here isn't really necessary to get. "Palm Trees" makes no sense if you hear the song. "Dad's Letter" is an okay song about how his father not being in his life and how it affected him. One of the few songs on here that is good. "Don't Hate Tha Playa" is another bad song. The last song "Switch Lanes" featuring The Game was also off a mixtape as the two go back and forth. To my suprise this is a good song as well as a good beat, but too bad its off the Well Done 3 mixtape that you can download.

Overall Hotel California as an album fails. Unimpressive is not even how to describe this album. Too many songs here has predictable and unthought out lyrics. Tyga falls into that category of after an artist comes out with a major label album, he or she feels they don't need to try anymore or exect the beats to carry them through the album (like Wiz Khalifa). The good, or should I say ok songs are few and far in this album. While not as bad as Lil Wayne's album that came out earlier this year, Hotel California proves that the YMCMB camp is falling apart in 2013. Somebody up there needs to find a way to help Tyga pen better lyrics if he plans on having a thrid album from the label. If you have a reservation for Hotel California, I highly recommend canceling it ASAP. Peace.

Lyrics: D+
Production: B-
Guest Apparances: C+
Musical Vibes: C

Top 5 Tracks:
1. Switch Lanes (feat. The Game)
2. Diss Song
3. Dad's Letter
4. For The Road (feat. Chris Brown)
5. Dive Fast, Live Young
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2013
I've been listing to hip hop since 1987. I was a professional DJ in the early '90s and opened for Swollen Members, Zion I, Lootpack, Zion I, Pharcyde, etc. I have a vinyl collection of 5,000 records - everything from Da King & I, Nas, Kwest The Madd Ladd, The Nonce to Lil Kim and 50 Cent. I have always gravitated towards underground and less mainstream rap but this album caught my ear immediately. The lyrics and production are literally a 9.5/10 for me. There's something about it that reminds me of the golden era. Seriously, the album is amazing from front to back...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
This has to be one of Tyga's worst cd's to date. His Careless World cd was better, Hotel California sounds like a generic rap cd, do not recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
The last album was better. This album is just a filler to scam people. I don't like it, but maybe you will but i think it is crap.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
He just another industry clone and all his songs is about Bull S*** Back in the days you had MC's with skills AND a message, you had genre diversity, I'm glad LL COOL J is back, to shall all ya'll swaggletts how its done, take note of the pioneers who came before and compare music, this here ain't nothing, nor is Lil wayne's new CD, Drake, Ross,, they all WACK.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
The album started out strong.
Then got weaker and weaker as you got further along.
Dude, we know you are good that is why we are listening to your music, we don't want to hear you rap about great it is to be rich and living in CA in a slow melody.
Be hard, that is what you do, rap hard, rap fast, rap with some lust.
Your next album should be called Tyga: raps harder, faster, meaner or something.
Anyways, album was pretty good, but the last half is pretty lame, it's all about slow women songs, and how great he is, and how great CA is, and how large his ego has gotten.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
Very popular sounding music there is no personality to this just the same ol typical stuff you can get from anybody out. Beats are cool nothing mind blowing
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
Here once again bring's us back one of many awful rappers to pollute the music industry with their ignorance and this one right here ain't no different and here's why - awful flow, no skill, delivery is no where to be seen, and no knowledge or passion of the game is exhibited here "invest in real hip-hop" and stay away from the likes of these phonies and for you youngsters and old timers who don't know anything about hip-hop at all here's some real hip-hop to really sync into early eminem, early dmx, public enemy, krs one, wu-tang clan, 2 pac, notorious B.I.G, big pun, big L, early snoop dogg, de la soul, shyne and nas e.t.c.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
This album was rushed, and you can tell. Lackluster beats laced with raps about nothing. No lead single, hardly any promotion...this will easily be buried in your pile in a week. Doesn't even sound like Tyga is having fun here.

There are 4 tracks worth listening to...
For The Road feat. Chris Brown
Show You feat. Future
Drive Fast, Live Young
Palm Trees

...however, those four tracks do not make a good decision buying this CD. Spend $4 and get those four tracks, and make Tyga go back to the lab to whip up something fun again.
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