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.
“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.
More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting.
The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”
Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.
Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!
Along with the new record, 2 Chainz has unveiled the full tracklist for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Guests on the 16-song project include Nicki Minaj, Migos, Pharrell, and Swae Lee. Drake also pops up on “Big Amount,” which 2 Chainz previously released on his 2016 mixtape Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
Check out “4 AM” and the tracklist for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music below. The project, due out June 16, is available for pre-order on iTunes.
1. “Saturday Night”
2. “Riverdale Rd”
3. “Good Drank” f/ Gucci Mane and Quavo
4. “4 AM” f/ Travis Scott
5. “Door Swangin”
6. “Realize” f/ Nicki Minaj
7. “Poor Fool” f/ Swae Lee
8. “Big Amount” f/ Drake
9. “It’s a Vibe” f/ Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, and Jhené Aiko
10. “Rolls Royce Bitch”
11. “Sleep When U Die”
12. “Trap Check”
13. Blue Cheese f/ Migos
14. “OG Kush Diet”
15. “Bailan” f/ Pharrell
16. “Burglar Bars” f/ Monica
Louis The Child received critical acclaim in 2015 in large part thanks to their hit crossover track, “It’s Strange,” and a nod from Taylor Swift certainly didn’t hurt either. The duo returned this week to drop not just one, but TWO remixes.
Odds are you’ve already heard the first. Their remix of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Blasé” has already amassed over 300K SoundCloud streams in just three days while shooting straight to the top of the HypeM remix charts, as well. With an undeniably catchy hook consisting of ‘blasé’ which I’m told is a term meaning “unimpressed or indifferent,” this track is somehow turned on its head from west-coast hip-hop anthem into an interesting trap track complete with hypnotic, head-nod inducing bass lines.
Interestingly enough, remix #2 couldn’t be any farther across the musical spectrum. Swedish indie pop Miike Snow, home to one-half of Galantis in fact, are known for their smash hits “Black & Blue” and “Paddling Out,” but now it seems it’s their turn to receive the Louis The Child remix treatment. “Genghis Khan” is the upcoming single from their third album iii and Louis The Child stays true to their formula of smooth chords and interesting instrumental progression to create the ultimate laid-back track.
So on one side of the spectrum we have the west coast hip hop anthem, and on the other side we have the Swedish indie pop track – which one was your favourite remix?