How Ty Dolla $ign Fell in Love with J Dilla’s Music

You might know Ty Dolla $ign for his pop hits and his platinum records, but he's a real artist's artist with a deep love of funk, soul, R&B, and hip-hop. When we talked to Ty for our Music Life profile, he broke down in detail how he first discovered legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla and why he loves his music so much.

From hearing Dilla's production for Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, and Janet Jackson to eventually meeting him, Ty had a lot to say about one of his “favorite producers of all time.” Ty also revealed that Knxwledge, who collaborated with Anderson .Paak on the NxWorries project, had recently sent him some beats too. Hopefully we'll hear the results of that in 2018.

In the meantime, watch Ty Dolla $ign talk about J Dilla above and watch the full Music Life profile below. See where his album Beach House 3 landed on our Best Albums of 2017 list here.

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Ty Dolla $ign is an International Superstar, Now He Wants More

“I want to be just like Puff, you feel me?” Ty Dolla $ign looks up from the piano and stares intently through the weed smoke. “Come with a crazy slaughterhouse of artists and hits and then buy a whole bunch of properties… it's possible. That's what Beach House is all about.”

A lot of people say they want to be like Puff, but Ty Dolla $ign is really making moves. His back catalog is already impressive, with multiple multi-platinum hits to his name as a solo artist, featured artist, and songwriter. This October, he released Beach House 3, one of 2017's best albums, but he is just as excited by helping other artists and giving back to the community as he is about his own success.

Ty Dolla $ign is building an empire with his family and friends, and his label The MVMNT is an integral part of the plan. With artists like 24hrs, Joe Moses, TeeCee4800, Tish Hyman, and D-Loc (who was Ty's incarcerated brother's cellmate) on the label, Ty's got a lot of firepower on his team. “Get with your crew, do your own shit, and you'll last,” Ty says. “I promise you.”

We spent a day in L.A. with Ty Dolla $ign and The MVMNT for our latest Music Life video to find out about the Beach House series, his start in music, his aspirations for the future, and much more.

Watch above and check out more Music Life videos here.

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HXV – Where Do We Go From Here [Free Download]

HXV is back, y’all. And he’s on a mission.

For 2017, he’ll be releasing one free track a month in a series of releases, all with a “story and purpose.”

That begins with “Where Do We Go From Here,” a raw and dark trap tune with much less turn up, and way more tear-out-my-eyes horror finesse. You’d hear this song playing in your head as you enter a house that you found down a long road that you know you shouldn’t enter, but you do it anyway.

“A lot of the new music I’ve been writing is going back to my roots and music I have loved since I was a kid. I noticed textures, sounds and the feeling I got from music I enjoy to listen to found in NIN, Depeche Mode, Deftones, Beach House, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive weren’t in anything I was doing.

I started to explore new tempos, new sounds and textures and tried to incorporate that into my work. I was also faced with the challenge of writing music that will connect without vocals or a vocal hook of any kind. To make something heavy, personal, and still human without human elements.

I left “Where Do We Go From Here” purposefully minimal, cavernous, this is the beginning of a longer process. I wanted to set out and define what HXV is and sounds like once and for all; not as a reaction to the project’s environment, but something separate from EDM, separate from traditional festival music. Something that stands on its own.

Thank you for supporting the movement.”


This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: HXV – Where Do We Go From Here [Free Download]