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Friday, March 18, 2016

#FashionCrazedFoodieLovesMusic: Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign performs "Only Right" at the 2016 SWAC Championship

Confession: I wasn't always 'up' on Ty Dolla $ign. I'm kinda late to the party, but thanks to my husband, Calvin, I'm here now! Calvin is an accomplished producer, with production credits for Paul Wall, and Lyfe Jennings, and other artists under his belt, so I always trust his taste in music.
While I've always enjoyed the song, "Paranoid" from Ty Dolla $ign's debut project, Beach House EP, I somehow never thought to dive deeper into his music...UNTIL Calvin introduced me to Free TC. Ty Dolla $ign's music has helped me to realize that I've spent the past 18 years so enthralled with East Coast Rap and 'Conscious' Rap, that I've ignored the fun, distinctive sound of West Coast rap.

Free TC

I'm impressed with the musicality of each track on Free TC; the arrangement, the lyrics, laced, in carnality and rebellion. I can barely put my adoration for this album into words! I struggle to pick a favorite track, however, if I were forced to choose, I'd say "Miracle" and "Straight Up", ft. Jagged Edge.  In addition to his singing, rapping, and writing credits, he is also lauded as a self-taught, multifaceted musician, as he plays the drums, guitar and keyboard. This guy is super talented! While it's understood that Ty is undeniably talented in his own right, he credits his father, Tyrone Griffin Sr., of 70's funk band, Lakeside as a strong musical influence.

Calvin and I were gifted tickets to the 2016 SWAC Tournament. I was literally ecstatic to hear that Ty was one of the featured artists, along with Big Daddy Kane and 90's R&B group, Guy. Dolla $ign's performance was understandably brief, but we enjoyed every second of it. He performed a few of my favorite tracks; "Paranoid" & "Only Right", and of course, Blase'. He also performed a number of hits that he wrote for other artists. Needless to say, I had a great time, and I danced fanatically to every song during his set. Ty Dolla $ign will absolutely remain at the top of my Spotify playlist.



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