Produced on November 19, 1989, in Compton, California, Michael Stevenson began his music career by creating tunes and posting them online, and after making mixtapes. After speaking to his cousin, Travis McCoy of the group Gym Class Heroes, about his favourite performers, Stevenson went on tour together with the group, traveling all over the world.
Of interracial Vietnamese and Jamaican parentage, Stevenson was a timid kid who had been still determined by Compton’s busy rap music arena. Inspired by listening to Fabolous, Eminem, Cam’ron as well as other rappers, he entered rap competitions with buddies from school and frequently posted tunes which he made up in on-line chat rooms. He even made mixtapes of his tunes he shared with buddies. Maybe because his mom called him “Little Tiger Woods” as a young child, Stevenson took on the stage name Tyga, an acronym he created for Thank You God Constantly.
After Stevenson ran into his cousin, Travis McCoy of the group Gym Class Heroes, in a popular La sneaker shop, the two discussed favourite performers and Tyga shared his vision of a music career. Tyga also discussed a few of his mixtapes with McCoy, who afterwards offered Tyga a opportunity to perform along with his group and join them on the street.
Tyga appeared on Lil Wayne’s multi-platinum-selling record Tha Carter III, and started his own solo career using the single “Coconut Juice,” which became a favorite summer novelty melody.
Tyga was later signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Management firm, which counts Lil Wayne, Drake and Lil Twist among its customers. Tyga’s debut record, No Intro, was launched in 2008, and while it had not been a major seller, it raised his popularity with hip hop enthusiasts, particularly college students.
Tyga has a son, King Cairo Stevenson, having a former stripper, Blac Chyna. King Cairo was born in October 2012.
Although Tyga was born and raised in Compton, an area notorious because of its economical disadvantage, violence and gang culture, there were rumblings that he had a comfy middle class breeding, calling into question his street credibility.