In the increasingly large venn intersect where rap meets R&B, Ty Dolla $ign has a versatility that has kept him in demand for many years. His voice is rugged but soulful and, much like T-Pain, his singing uses Auto-Tune as a tool rather than a crutch. His newest release is an hour-long suite that aims to pack in as many hooks, guests, melodies and trap beats as possible, and succeeds with flying colours.
Ty Dolla $ign's sprawling, 25 track 'Featuring' is both a meta comment on the craft and also a mark of his full participation in feature culture. Sure, the title is a tongue-in-cheek observation - indeed, Ty has been known for his all-star features, right since YG's 2010 single 'Toot It And Boot It' - but it comes to summarise both the benefits and drawbacks of extensive collaboration. A record that moves from curious interludes to colossal, stadium-filling team ups, 'Featuring' doesn't hold back.
In the time since Ty Dolla $ign's last solo album, his gritty vibrato has been everywhere. The summer Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music dropped five albums, Ty was a staple in their credits. There he was on Scorpion, his falsetto undulating beside Drake's. He warbled over a tepid Chainsmokers beat ….