Tyga returns with a heavy dose of nostalgia.
On Friday, the platinum-selling rapper came through with the summer-ready track “Sunshine” featuring Jhené Aiko and the late Pop Smoke. Co-produced by Mike Crook and DJ Swish, the song pays homage to Lil Flip’s 2004 hit of the same name. Flip appears in the 2000s-inspired video, which also includes a message from Pop Smoke’s mother Audrey Jackson and brother Obasi Jackson.
“Pop Smoke was a legend in the making and I wish we could’ve collaborated together more,” said Tyga, who was featured on Pop Smoke’s “West Coast Shit” track. “It’s a been a great experience working with his mother and brother to pay homage with this song and contributing to keeping his legacy alive—the smoke will never clear.”
Pop’s brother said “Sunshine” showcases a different side of the NYC rapper, and underscores the range he possessed as an artist.
“The video and song solidifies that Pop wasn’t all about drill and I appreciate hearing his voice on a song like this,” Obasi said. “It shows there was love in his heart with a story to tell and his legacy was more than drill music. I’m glad that he gets to be seen in a different light.”
The visual also marks Aiko’s first musical appearance since announcing her pregnancy with Big Sean, who also appears in the clip.
Tyga is in Europe for his summer tour and preparing to release the follow-up to his 2019 album Legendary this fall. Stream “Sunshine” below and watch the video up top.