After his breakout single “The Race” took off, the teenage rapper Tay-K found himself at the center of mass-media attention. Rappers like Lil Yachty remixed his track, and it currently stands at over 44 million views.
“* a beat, I was trying to beat a case,” raps Tay-K, referring to the criminal incident that spawned “The Race” in the first place. Yet his transgressions may very well have caught up to him, as it was recently announced that the young rapper was set to be tried as an adult. While that may not bode well for Tay-K, the impact of “The Race” continues to be felt, and Tyga has officially added his attempt to the expanding list of remixes.
Tyga kicked off the week by unexpectedly dropping another single called “My Way,” produced by 808 Mafia, yet his take on the Tay-K banger is the true highlight of the pair. While Tay K’s lyrical inexperience imbues the original with a charming sense of rawness, Tyga is far more finessed on the mic.
His confidence is never brash, instead, it feels well earned. Despite that, Tyga’s rendition does lack some of the original’s urgency; after all, “The Race” was recorded after Tay-K went on the run from police, and epitomizes the whole mantra of “write what you know.” As it stands, Tay-K’s fate is currently in the hands of the judicial system. And while career may very well be ended before it ever gets a chance to blossom, Tyga seems to have hit a second wind.
He’s clearly having fun on this one, and rather than rapping about running for his freedom, T-Raww reflects on his latest *ual conquests (of which there are many) and his penchant for balling around the world. Tyga’s “The Race” freestyle hardly reaches the plateaus of BITS2, but it remains an enjoyable listen to King Old Chains.