Young Money rapper Tyga has finally put a lid on his headline-generating “Bustas” leaked footage from late last year, explaining what exactly went down on the unaired series.
According to Tyga, he simply appeared in the show’s pilot and willing participated in the scripted game program.
“It wasn’t called ‘Bustas’ at the time, it was a pilot. It was supposed to be who was the next rapper to get signed at the time,” Tyga said in an interview. “The intro beginning was scripted. I never grew up in the Valley. I lived in Compton/Gardena my whole life. … [I was thinking,] ‘I’m young, I’m ambitious. I don’t care. I’m getting a check for this, I’m about to be on TV.’ At this point in my career, I’m at a point where I worked so hard and for people to try and throw negative stuff, it’s just retarded.” (“Big Boy’s Neighborhood”)
Around mid-December, reports of Tyga clarifying his leaked unaired comments surfaced.
But Tyga’s telling his friends that was all a lie — when the rapper said he lived in a well-to-do area of the Valley, he was referring to a short period of time in his life, during which he just so happened to tape the game show segment. T-Raww’s insisting he’s REALLY from Compton and his stint in the Valley was only temporary. Nevertheless, we’re told Tyga’s unfazed by the clip, insisting he’s come a long way since his goofy game show days … and no embarrassing video is gonna stop him because “he still has plenty of money and will still have huge hits.” As for his reputation in the Young Money crew — our sources tell us, everyone’s standing beside him … because he’s family now. (TMZ)
The barely legal rapper also hopped onto his Twitter page to address the hype last month.
“When u 14 an ambitious u don’t give a f*k about anything. Scripted tv isn’t that what we all live for.Hahahaha,” Tyga tweeted December 3rd.
“That was funny Hahahaha”
“Get off my d**k. Go download #187Mixtape” (Tyga’s Twitter)
The archived footage surfaced across the Internet in early December.
Rapper Tyga enjoyed a cushy upbringing in the Valley — NOT Compton — at least that’s what the rapper said on a game show back in 2008 … and TMZ has obtained the unaired footage. The show was called “Bustas” — where wannabe-rappers compete against each other to see who can embody ugly rap stereotypes the best … playing borderline-offensive games like “Guess the Rapper By His Grill” and “Is This a Real Rolex?” Tyga appeared on the show … and immediately sacrificed any semblance of street cred in the process … claiming he grew up in a well-to-do household in the Valley, and his parents drove a Range Rover. But Tyga — who has since claimed he grew up in Compton — insisted, “I’m still street.” (TMZ)