- Full Name: Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson
- Born: November 19, 1989
- Place of Birth: Compton, California
- Occupation: Rapper, Actor
- Marital Status: Single
Tyga’s Net Worth History
Tyga has released six digital albums, fourteen mixtapes, eight singles, and forty-eight music videos. His “legitimate” movie debut is the summer 2015 release Dope. His credits also include a successful pornographic movie in which his music is used as a sound track and he appears in what he describes as a “non-sex role.” He owns a clothing store in Los Angeles, Last Kings, and reportedly spent over $100,000 on “interior design” for the store.
Half Vietnamese and half Jamaican, Michael Nguyen-Stevenson has told conflicting stories about his early life. He grew up either in Compton, a lower working-class suburb of Los Angeles, or in a more affluent neighborhood in the Valley. He also gives conflicting explanations of his stage name. Either he identified with Tiger Woods as a celebrity who shares the “Cablanasian” ethnic mix, or his name stands for “Thank You, God, Always,” or possibly both.
In 2008 he and his cousin Travie McCoy recorded the song “Coconut Juice.” This hit single (Billboard number 94) helped sell Tyga’s album, “No Introduction.” The album also contained “Diamond Life,” which was used in a “Need for Speed” video game, a “Madden NFL” video game, and the movie Fighting.
Tyga’s additional “gold record” sales include “We Are Young Money,” “Make It Nasty,” “Do My Dance,” “Dope,” “Hookah,” “Ayo,” “Ay Ladies,” and “Do It Again.” He reached platinum sales levels with “Bed Rock,” “Rack City,” “Faded,” and “Loyal.” His second album, “Careless World: Rise of the Last King,” includes “Rack City” and “Faded” but did not reach gold record levels as an album.
Tyga’s fascination with royalty extended to the names of his MTV2 reality show, “Kingin’ with Tyga,” and also his son, King Cairo Stevenson, born in 2012. Tyga and the mother of King Cairo Stevenson, a stripper whose stage name is Blac Chyna, announced their engagement shortly after King Cairo was born, but split up two years later. Tyga moved on, dating reality TV star Kylie Jenner. Buzz about which of this couple spent more money on the other seems to have been foreshadowed by Tyga’s songs, in one of which a man warns a woman that she had “better have my money” and describes his relationship with her as parasitic.
In fact, many people appear to regard Tyga’s behavior as parasitic. He’s been accused of failing to pay the rent on the houses (often described as “mansions”) where he has lived, even after receiving court orders to do so. He allegedly promised actresses that nude scenes in his videos would be edited to a tasteful blur, then released the videos with explicit, unedited nudity. He allegedly bought a $28,275 watch, borrowed a $63,000 chain, kept both pieces of jewelry, and paid for neither.
In 2014 Tyga accused record producers at Young Money Entertainment of holding his music hostage by delaying its release, and threatened to “leak” the music, although he didn’t. The album, “Fan of a Fan,” was released in February 2015. Meanwhile Tyga had prepared “The Gold Album,” which was released in June 2015, under his own label, Last Kings Music. Though released only as a digital download, not as a CD, “The Gold Album” is selling well.