Careless World: Rise of the Last King

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Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Tyga Careless World Cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2012
Ameraycan Studios
Chalice Studios
Conway Studios
London Town Studios
Paramount Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Circle House Studios
Hit Factory Criteria
Record Room Studios
(Miami, Florida)
GenreHip hop
Credits and personnel
Tyga chronology
No Introduction
Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Hotel California
Singles from Careless World: Rise of the Last King
  1. "Far Away"
    Released: May 17, 2011
  2. "Still Got It"
    Released: October 4, 2011
  3. "Rack City"
    Released: December 2, 2011
  4. "Faded"
    Released: January 13, 2012
  5. "Make It Nasty"
    Released: June 26, 2012

Careless World: Rise of the Last King is the second studio album by American rapper Tyga. It is his first album under a major label after his independent release, No Introduction. Production for the album took place during 2009 to 2012 and was handled by Jess Jackson, Arthur McArthur, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, and Noah "40" Shebib, among others. The album was released on February 21, 2012, on Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Republic Records. The album endured several release dates due to sampling credits, and experienced a limited release in retail stores due to an uncredited use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop", which was his last speech before he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Despite the limited release, the album received strong digital downloads, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week. The album has received generally positive reviews from music critics upon release.

Release and promotion[edit]


The album's lead single, "Far Away" featuring Chris Richardson was released on May 17, 2011.[1] The song peaked at number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "Still Got It" featuring Drake was released on October 4, 2011.[2] The song peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The album's third single, "Rack City" was released on December 2, 2011.[3] The song has peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has reached platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album's fourth single, "Faded" featuring Lil Wayne was released on January 13, 2012.[4] The song peaked at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album's fifth single, "Make It Nasty" was released on June 26, 2012.[5]


Tyga announced via his website that he would tour in promotion of his new album. The ‘Careless World’ tour began in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Maverick Center on February 17, 2012 and ended in New Orleans, at the Howlin Wolf on April 15, 2012. In the same month Tyga would go on a world tour in Europe for 2 months.[6]


Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 61,000 copies despite a limited release in retail stores due to the uncleared sample recall.[7][8][9] As of April 2013, the album has sold 340,000 copies in the U.S.[10]


Some controversy was aroused regarding the title track of the album, as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s estate wanted to stop the sales of the album due to unauthorized usage of one of his speeches at the end of the album's opening track "Careless World". Tyga then tweeted that the issue had been resolved, and the release date would not be altered. New copies of the album, with the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech removed, were shipped to stores.[11]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[12]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[13]
Now3/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork Media(6.7/10)[15]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[18]
The New York Timesfavorable[20]
XXL4/5 stars (XL)[21]

Careless World: Rise of the Last King received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 13 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[22] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Growth since his previous effort is obvious, both for the good (writing skills) and an arguable definition of bad."[12] Joe Colly of Pitchfork Media gave the album a 6.7 out of 10, saying "Twenty-one tracks at nearly one-and-a-half hours is an insane length for an album with this kind of pop instinct. Set aside that complaint, though, and I'm left without much to pick at."[15] Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin gave the album a five out of ten, saying "As a whole, though, Careless World is simply mediocre. Tyga wallows in the sort of joyless, affected seriousness that he hinted at on his Black Thoughts mixtape series."[19]

Anupa Mistry of Now gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Careless World isn’t just Rack City plus 20 filler songs, thanks in large part to a phenomenal production team. The result is a slick, accessible rap record that’s about nine songs too long."[14] Adam Fleischer of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "For all its highlights—and there are many— Careless World: Rise of the Last King still feels disjointed at moments. Even so, Tyga, still just 22-years-old, is growing as an artist, and reveals that there’s more to him than inescapable club jams, for anyone who may have been doubting. Plus, it sounds good, and that’s reason enough to care about the music of this album’s world."[21] Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Careless World perfectly reflects Tyga and the creative traits that he possesses. It’s serious when necessary, occasionally triumphant, and impressive enough that you have to consider him a force to be reckoned with. Likewise, it’s flawed, which is an indication that Tyga has the opportunity to elevate his skills."[13]

David Amidon of PopMatters gave the album a four out of ten, saying "Careless World is what it is, and while that may not be much it’s professional and adequate enough that – daunting as its length may be – his fans should be satisfied and his detractors should be relieved to continue having little reason to pay him any mind."[16] Steve Juon of RapReviews gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "At times the album feels bloated and excessive, but Tyga is only 22 years old. He'll learn to pare it down and keep only the best songs on future releases, which will hopefully not be as long delayed as this one was."[17] Monica Herrera of Rolling Stone gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "Tyga's strength isn't in introspection, but curation. Pharrell Williams, Wale, Nas and J. Cole all guest, and those who don't are there in spirit: "Do It All" apes Kanye West's "Power," and "Black Crowns" ends with a voicemail message from Mom that would make even Drake squirt."[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Careless World"4:25
2."Lil Homie" (featuring Pharrell)
3."Muthafucka Up" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Jess Jackson
  • Tyga[a]
4."Echoes Interlude"
  • Stevenson
  • McArthur
  • Erik Alcock
  • Arthur McArthur
  • Jess Jackson[a]
  • Tyga[a]
5."Do It All"
  • Jess Jackson
  • Tyga[a]
6."I'm Gone" (featuring Big Sean)
7."For the Fame" (featuring Chris Brown and Wynter Gordon)
  • Jess Jackson
  • Tyga[a]
8."Birdman Interlude"
  • Arthur McArthur
  • Jess Jackson[a]
  • Tyga[a]
9."Potty Mouth" (featuring Busta Rhymes)
10."Faded" (featuring Lil Wayne)
11."Rack City"
12."Black Crowns" (featuring Cameron Forbes)
  • Stevenson
  • Jackson
  • David Doman
  • Cameron Lewis
  • Pier Luigi Salami
  • Danny Chaimson
13."Celebration" (featuring T-Pain)
  • Calvo Da Gr8
  • Jess Jackson[a]
  • Tyga[a]
14."Far Away" (featuring Chris Richardson)
  • Jess Jackson
  • Tyga[a]
15."Mystic Mado Kara Mieru Interlude"
  • Stevenson
  • Jackson
  • McArthur
  • Tin
Arthur McArthur0:23
16."This Is Like" (featuring Robin Thicke)
17."King & Queens" (featuring Wale and Nas)
  • Arthur McArthur
  • Jess Jackson[a]
  • Tyga[a]
18."Let It Show" (featuring J. Cole)
19."Love Game"
  • Stevenson
  • Jackson
  • Jess Jackson
  • Tyga[a]
20."Lay You Down" (featuring Lil Wayne)
  • Stevenson
  • Doman
  • Lavigne
  • Malarkey
  • Carter
21."Light Dreams" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
Jess Jackson3:48
  • ^a signifies a vocal producer
  • "Careless World", "Do It All" and "Love Games" feature additional vocals by Priya Prins.
Sample credits

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album booklet.


  • Bryan "Birdman" Williams – executive producer
  • Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter – executive producer
  • Jermaine "Mack Maine" Preyan – executive producer
  • Ronald "Slim" Williams – executive producer
  • Christopher "C.P Dubb" Washington – producer
  • Cool & Dre – producers
  • Dijon "DJ Mustard" McFarlane – producer
  • Donte "Dnyc3" Blacksher – producer
  • Jess Jackson – producer
  • Dwane "Key Wane" Weir – producer
  • Noah "40" Shebib – producer
  • Pharrell Williams – producer
  • Priya "Priya Prins" Mariahi – vocal production
  • Micheal "Tyga" Stevenson – vocal production

  • Danny Chaimson – guitars
  • Dane Forrest – grand piano
  • Justin Hersh – grand piano, keyboards, synth
  • Justin Hiersekorn – guitar, grand piano
  • Jess Jackson – drums, keyboards, scratches
  • Jason James – guitars
  • Mike Malarkey – guitar, keyboards
  • Priya "Priya Prins" Mariahi – additional vocals
  • Pier Luigi Salami – grand piano, keyboards, synth

  • Alton "AJ" Bates – engineer
  • Josh Berg – recording assistant
  • Joshua Berkman – engineer
  • Michael "Banger" Cadahia – engineer
  • Ariel Chobaz – engineer
  • Andrew Coleman – engineer
  • Thomas Cullison – recording assistant
  • David "D.A." Doman – sound design, drum programming
  • Elizabeth Gallardo – recording assistant
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – Pro Tools engineer
  • Jess Jackson – engineer, mixing, digital editing
  • Mike Larson – engineer, digital editing
  • Eric Racy – mixing
  • Tim Roberts – mixing assistant
  • Noah "40" Shebib – engineer
  • Javier Valverde – engineer
  • Finis “KY” White – engineer
  • Kevin "Kev-O" Wilson – engineer

  • Joshua Berkmans – A&R
  • Sandra Brummels – creative direction
  • Katina Bynum – product management
  • Julius Erving – management
  • Edward Grauer – legal
  • Pamela Littky – photography


Chart (2012) Peak
Australia Urban Albums Chart (ARIA)[23] 33
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[24] 117
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[citation needed] 145
Canadian Albums Chart[25] 6
UK Albums Chart[26] 56
US Billboard 200[7] 4
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[27] 1
US Rap Albums (Billboard)[28] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Germany March 12, 2012 CD Universal Music
United Kingdom CD, digital download Universal Island
Canada February 21, 2012 Universal Music
United States Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Japan February 21, 2012 CD Universal Music Japan
Brazil Universal Music


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