Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Written by Midday with Kay on 18th November 2020
This one right here that you’re about to hear is about an artist by the name of Tyrone William Griffin Jr but most of you guys know him as Ty Dolla $ign. Born April 13th 1982 in Los Angeles, California, Ty Dolla $ign is definitely one of the best and most recognised voices especially when you think of R&B. He is the son of Tyrone Griffin Sr, who is also a musician and former member of a band by the name of ‘Lakeside’. Ty Dolla $ign began his music career by learning how to play instruments such as the bass guitar, drums, guitars and keyboards. He then signed a record deal with Venus Brown and Buddah Brown Entertainment. In terms of his musical influences, he sights people such as 2pac, Mos Def and Brandy as some of his favourites of all time.
He is well known for his songs ‘Paranoid’, ‘Or Nah’ and ‘Blasé’ as well as his writing contributions to his such as Chris Browns ‘Loyal’ and ‘Post To Be’ by Omarion. In 2013 he signed to Wiz Khalifa’s label ‘Taylor Gang Records’. In 2015 he released his debut studio album ‘Free TC’ which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200, in 2017 he would then go on to release his second studio album ‘Beach House 3’ which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 and number 8 on the US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Billboard. Now the album we are about to talk about is his latest body of work and this one might be his best one yet.
As we all know, Ty Dolla $ign released an album called ‘Featuring Ty Dolla $ign’ (October 2020), which has been a favourite amongst many. There are two interludes on the album, one of which samples the Afrobeat star Burna Boy’s voice. We’re not quite sure if this suits the album, or what the correlation is with the song before or after it. With 25 songs, this album features a variety of different artists such as Kid Cudi, Post Malone, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Lil Durk, Nicki Minaj, Gunna and Kehlani just to name a few. Overall, this album is a good body of work. We highly recommend that you listen to the album yourself, however, as a gesture of good will we have listed a few of our faves and what we think about them.
Track 6 ft. Kayne West, Anderson .Paak, & Thundercat
This song is produced to perfection! The song is heavily layered throughout with crazy harmonies and vocoda adlibs. The dynamics in the song constantly changes throughout, and can be considered ‘alternative R&B’ – no surprises with the talented Kayne West being a feature.
Freak ft. Quavo
This song isn’t a masterpiece as it is relatively repetitive. Quavo features on this one, so of course the song is extremely catchy. It’s definitely a club banger for when we can eventually hit the clubs!
Real Life ft. Roddy Ricch
This song has a sligh element of conscious Rap, and talks about coming from the bottom to having the life that we want, the sacrifices that we have to make in life to be successful and to make a living. Featuring Roddy Ricch, no doubt it has a catchy hook and has a good beat.
Nothing Like Your Exes
This song is definitely a feel good song for the ladies. This song has good vibes, a catchy hook and of course, great production. It features lyrics that every girl wants to hear!
Be Yourself ft. Jhene Aiko
This song samples the 1997 song by Changing Faces called G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. This is another one for the ladies, promoting independence. Jhene has an incredible flow on this song – this was definitely made for her to feature on!
Universe ft. Kehlani
Kehlani slayed her verse on this song, as per usual! The song overall has good vibes and is well produced.
Life Me Up ft. Future & Young Thug
Young Thug comes through with a strong hook. He never disappoints! Ty Dolla $ign uses a very similar flow to his song ‘Purple Emoji’. Future is Future, who doesn’t love a bit of mumble Rap?
Time Will Tell
This song has an extremely catchy hook, and has good vibes. The production for this is great, and Ty’s flow will get everyone’s head bopping.
Your Turn ft. Musiq Soulchild, Tish Hyman & 6lack
This song is the true Definition of Old School R&B meets New School R&B! It has the classic soulful vocals from Musiq Soulchild, with the alternative sound from Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack on an almost acoustic beat.
These are our favourites, what are yours?
Midday With Kay