Chris Brown’s supposed comeback album, “Graffiti,” managed to earn a Grammy nod for Best Contemporary R&B Album despite being the singer’s lowest-selling album to date. But it was “Deuces,” a mixtape cut nominated for Best/Rap Sung Collaboration, that steered C. Breezy back onto the road to post-controversy redemption.
According to Tyga, who’s featured on the track alongside the song’s producer, Kevin “K-Mac” McCall, “Deuces” barely made it onto he and Brown’s “Fan of a Fan” mixtape.
“K-Mac, that was actually his song,” Tyga told BET.com. “He played it for us on the way to the studio in the car. We was like, ‘Yo, man, this sh*t is crazy.’ And Chris was like, ‘Just let me have this song. It’s gon’ be a smash and sh*t. He wasn’t trying to give up the song at first, but we kept him on it and we just went from there and put it out.”
Tyga was convinced of the song’s appeal, but he initially didn’t think it was the right track to help push the mixtape.
“I wanted to shoot a video for another song we had called ‘Drop Top Girl’ off the mixtape,” Tyga revealed. “But Chris wanted to do ‘Deuces,’ so we ended up doing ‘Deuces,’ and sure enough, he was right.”
Released on June 28, 2010, the single got off to a slow start, but steadily picked up steam until peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
“When they started seeing the video on MTV, BET, people started catching onto it,” Tyga explained. “The visual was so dope. We were swagged out and we created our own look. We damn near directed the video and put it out how we wanted to do it, so people felt that.”
Tyga’s first Grammy won’t come easy. Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys, Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, B.o.b’s “Nothin’ on You” featuring Bruno Mars, and John Legend and the Roots’ “Wake Up Everybody,” featuring Common and Melanie Fiona, are also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Though Jay-Z and Eminem have already won 10 and nine Grammys, respectively, Tyga thinks another pair of nominees stands a chance to beat him on Grammy night.
“The B.o.B and Bruno Mars record,” Tyga said of his toughest competition. “It’s more new. It’s more recent and they’re new artists just as I am. Eminem and Jay-Z been around way longer, so I think that’s really like the only competition. Just saying the fact that they’re new and it’s a new vibe and new chemistry.”
Tune in to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13 at 8 pm EST to see if Tyga wins the prize.