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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Joji’s Journey from Viral Videos to Quality Music

By now, the story of Joji is internet lore. The Australian-Japanese artist became an online sensation through his Filthy Frank and Pink Guy characters, creating a world of absurdist, gross-out comedy that resulted in a chart-topping albumPink Season, earlier this year. Calling his fan base “passionate” would be the understatement of the year, so when Miller began moving his creative attention towards his lo-fi, piano-driven trip-hop project as Joji, we half-expected uproar.

Instead, the public has embraced this new sonic chapter. Joji's music is easy to love—the rabid comedy of Miller's earlier work has been channeled into hyper-detailed, textural instrumentals like “Rain On Me” and “Will He.” Joji's upcoming EP In Tongues drops this Friday, and it has quickly become one of the year's most anticipated releases. 

“The reason I made the transition was because of overwhelming support,” Joji says. “I knew I had to do it. People were stopping me on the street to tell me I was wasting my time and my abilities… there's no set plan. I just want to test myself in all creative mediums.” 

Watch our Music Life doc with Joji above, and check out the story behind Pink Season below. Pre-order In Tongues here.

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