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Tyrone William Griffin Jr. (born April 13, 1982), better known by his stage name Ty Dolla Sign (stylized as Ty Dolla $ign or Ty$), is an American singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer. He first gained major recognition in 2010 for his feature on American rapper YG (rapper), YG's single "Toot It and Boot It", which he had co-written and produced for Def Jam Recordings. In the summer of 2013, he signed a record deal with American rapper Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Entertainment, Taylor Gang Records. In November 2015, he released his debut studio album, ''Free TC'', which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200, ''Billboard'' 200. Ty Dolla Sign is known for his songs "Paranoid (Ty Dolla Sign song), Paranoid", "Or Nah (Ty Dolla Sign song), Or Nah", and "Blasé (song), Blasé"; as well as his writing contributions to "Loyal (Chris Brown song), Loyal" by Chris Brown, "Post to Be" by Omarion featuring Brown and Jhené Aiko, and "FourFiveSeconds" by Rihanna, as well his various features on singles such as "Work from Home (song), Work from Home" by Fifth Harmony, "Swalla" by Jason Derulo, featuring Nicki Minaj, "Hot Girl Summer" by Megan Thee Stallion, also featuring Nicki Minaj, and "Psycho (Post Malone song), Psycho" by Post Malone, which was his first track to hit number one on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. Aside from his solo music career, Ty Dolla Sign is also a member of production team D.R.U.G.S., alongside Chordz 3D, Buddah Shampoo, Nate 3D, James Koo, Fuego, HbarzDidIt and DJ Dahi.


Early life

Ty Dolla Sign was born Tyrone William Griffin Jr. on April 13, 1982 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of musician Tyrone Griffin, a member of the band Lakeside (band), Lakeside. He has said that through his father's involvement in Lakeside, he met singers like Earth, Wind & Fire and Prince (musician), Prince as a child, which led to his love and interest for soul music. Growing up in South Los Angeles, South Central Los Angeles,


Career


2007–2011: Career beginnings

Ty Dolla Sign began his music career by learning how to play the bass guitar and later learned how to play drums, guitars, keyboards, and the Akai MPC, MPC. Ty Dolla Sign and his partner Kory were signed a record deal with Venus Brown and Buddah Brown Entertainment, subsequently releasing a mixtape, titled ''Raw & Bangin Mixtape Vol 2''. The duo also made guest appearances on studio albums by other artists such as Sa-Ra, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Black Milk. They also sang on songs such as "U", which was featured on the latter 2007's recording ''Popular Demand''. Eventually, however, the partners had a falling out related to these ventures. After the dispute, Ty Dolla Sign would go on to collaborate with Los Angeles-based rapper YG (rapper), YG. Ty Dolla Sign's initial claim to fame was with the success of YG's single "Toot It and Boot It", a song he both wrote and produced with YG. He then became affiliated with YG's group Pu$haz Ink. In 2011, Ty Dolla Sign released his first solo song, titled "All Star" featuring Joe Moses, and produced by Fuego. Ty Dolla Sign then released "My Cabana", featuring Jeezy, Young Jeezy, which was ranked on ''Complex (magazine), Complex''s Best 50 Songs of 2012 list at number 23. Ty Dolla Sign co-founded the production team D.R.U.G.S. alongside longtime friends and fellow music producers Chordz 3D and G Casso, the latter of which was later murdered. Other producers later joined D.R.U.G.S., including Nate 3D, Buddah Shampoo, Fuego, Mustard (record producer), DJ Mustard and DJ Dahi.


2012–2014: ''Beach House'' mixtapes

In 2012, Ty Dolla Sign signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. After signing with Atlantic Records, he released his first solo mixtape, titled ''Beach House'', on October 1, 2012. He followed with the mixtape's sequel, ''Beach House 2'', on July 1, 2013. ''Beach House 2'' features guest appearances from Too Short, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Kirko Bangz, among others. The following day, it was revealed that Ty Dolla Sign signed a deal with Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Entertainment, Taylor Gang Records. In mid-2013, he toured with Khalifa and ASAP Rocky, among others, on the "Under the Influence of Music 2" concert tour. On September 10, 2013, Ty Dolla Sign released a single, titled "Paranoid (Ty Dolla Sign song), Paranoid", which features a verse from Atlanta rapper B.o.B and production from Mustard (record producer), DJ Mustard. The song was later announced to be the first single off his upcoming extended play (EP). On October 22, 2013, the Ethan Lader-directed music video for "Paranoid", premiered via Sean Combs, Diddy's ''Revolt (TV network), Revolt''. The single became highly popular, peaking at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100 and eventually being RIAA certification, certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On January 7, 2014, Ty Dolla Sign released his second single for his debut EP, titled "Or Nah (Ty Dolla Sign song), Or Nah", featuring Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard. The song's production was handled by DJ Mustard and it contains a Sampling (music), sample of Trillville's "Some Cut". The music video was filmed during January 2014. The single was remixed featuring vocals from Canadian singer The Weeknd and was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA. On January 21, 2014, Ty Dolla Sign released his major record label, major label debut project, ''Beach House EP''. The EP features guest appearances from Casey Veggies, Wiz Khalifa, Twista, Jay Rock, Trey Songz, French Montana, Travis Scott and Fredo Santana, while the Record producer, production was primarily handled by Ty Dolla Sign himself, along with Mustard (record producer), DJ Mustard, Cardo and Young Chop, among others. He stated that the EP would feature a new sound from him, and that it would be on a whole other level compared to his mixtapes. Ty Dolla Sign described the EP as being a preview for his debut studio album, at the time due to be released during 2014. The remix to "Paranoid", featuring Trey Songz, French Montana, and DJ Mustard, was also included on the EP.


2014–2016: ''Free TC'' and ''Campaign''

On February 23, 2014, Ty Dolla Sign revealed that his debut studio album would be titled ''Free TC'', and would be released during the third quarter of 2014. He told ''Revolt (TV network), Revolt'', that he had already completed eight songs for the album and that he would be going on concert tour, tour, namely Under the Influence 3, with Wiz Khalifa during 2014. He was chosen for the 2014's ''XXL (magazine), XXL'' freshman class. In May 2014, Ty Dolla Sign told ''The Fader'', that he would release a mixtape, titled ''Sign Language'', sometime during the next few months, which would then be followed by ''Free TC''. In August 2014, Ty Dolla Sign revealed that Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, YG, Yo Gotti and Jay 305, will be appearing on ''Sign Language''. On August 24, 2014, which happens to be the same day he released his mixtape ''Sign Language'', Ty Dolla Sign told ''HotNewHipHop'', that he has worked with Rihanna on a track from her upcoming album. While working on his debut album, Ty Dolla Sign appeared on Chris Brown and Tyga's ''Fan of a Fan: The Album'', on the second track "Nothin' Like Me", as well as Big Sean's song "Play No Games (Big Sean song), Play No Games" off of ''Dark Sky Paradise''. On May 26, 2015, Ty Dolla Sign released the first single from ''Free TC'', titled "Only Right", which features TeeCee4800, Joe Moses and YG (rapper), YG and was produced by Mustard (record producer), DJ Mustard. On June 26, 2015, he released the album's second single, titled "Blasé (song), Blasé", featuring Future (rapper), Future and Rae Sremmurd. "Blasé" would go on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA. Ty Dolla Sign's album pre-order as well as the instant grat "When I See Ya", featuring Fetty Wap, became available on September 11, 2015. The album's third single, "Saved (Ty Dolla Sign song), Saved", featuring E-40, went on to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA. Ty Dolla Sign revealed that on October 13, 2015, exactly one month before his album came out, he would release a new mixtape ''Airplane Mode''. Ty Dolla Sign's debut album, ''Free TC'', was released on November 13, 2015, via Taylor Gang Records and Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, ''Billboard'' 200, with 31,000 Billboard 200#Incorporation of streaming data and track sales, equivalent album units and first-week sales of 22,000 copies in the United States. In February 2016, Fifth Harmony released the single "Work from Home (song), Work from Home" featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which has gone on to peak at number 4 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. In June 2016, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic (rapper), Logic and X Ambassadors released the collaboration single "Sucker for Pain" for the motion picture soundtrack for ''Suicide Squad (film), Suicide Squad''. In August 2016, Ty Dolla Sign and singer Nick Jonas performed the song "Bacon (song), Bacon" at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, where Ty Dolla Sign also won Best Collaboration for "Work from Home" with Fifth Harmony. On September 23, 2016, Ty Dolla Sign released a project titled ''Campaign (mixtape), Campaign'', which peaked at number 28 on the ''Billboard'' 200.


2016–2018: ''Beach House 3'' and ''MihTy''

On June 19, 2016, Ty Dolla Sign announced that his next project following ''Campaign'' would be ''Beach House 3'' and that this installment would be an album rather than a mixtape. The lead single "Love U Better" featuring Lil Wayne and The-Dream was released July 10, 2017. The second single "So Am I (Ty Dolla Sign song), So Am I" featuring Damian Marley and Skrillex, was released September 1, 2017. The album was released on October 27, 2017, and debuted at number 11 on the ''Billboard'' 200. In February 2018, Ty Dolla Sign was featured on Post Malone's single "Psycho (Post Malone song), Psycho", which peaked at number one on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100. In May 2018, he was featured on Christina Aguilera's single "Accelerate (Christina Aguilera song), Accelerate" along with 2 Chainz, the first single from Aguilera's eighth album ''Liberation (Christina Aguilera album), Liberation''. On June 1, he was featured on "All Mine" by Kanye West, on West's ''Ye (album), ye'' album. On June 8, he was featured on "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)" by Kids See Ghosts, on their album ''Kids See Ghosts (album), Kids See Ghosts''. On June 14, he was featured on the Bhad Bhabie single "Trust Me". On June 16, he was featured on "Boss" on Beyoncé and Jay-Z's joint album ''Everything Is Love''. In 2018, he was featured on Tinashe's single "Me So Bad" with French Montana, which had moderate success in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He was also featured on Drake (musician), Drake's album, ''Scorpion (Drake album), Scorpion'', He was also featured on the song "After Dark". He also featured on Lecrae's album ''All Things Work Together'' on the song "Blessings (Lecrae song), Blessings". On October 26, 2018, Ty Dolla Sign and Jeremih released a collaborative album under the joint pseudonym MihTy (a portmanteau of both the artists' names) through Def Jam Recordings and Atlantic Records, their respective labels. It was entitled ''MihTy'', and features guest appearances from French Montana, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. The duo had released several singles throughout the fall season of 2018 in anticipation of the album's release, and performed "The Light" on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!'' in the week leading up to the album's debut. The project also contained the hit single "Goin Thru Some Thangs" which reached #15 on the Apple Music top charts.


2019–present: ''Featuring Ty Dolla Sign'' and ''Cheers to the Best Memories''

Ty Dolla Sign released an album preview in February 2019 (via Instagram) featuring a new song produced by D.A. Got That Dope along with a verse from Tyga. On May 20, 2019, Ty Dolla Sign released the single "Purple Emoji", featuring American rapper J. Cole as the intended first single. On August 9, 2019, he released another single titled "Hottest in the City", featuring American rappers Juicy J and Project Pat. He later announced that his third studio album was originally called ''Tyrone'' (named from his birth name) and was set to release fall 2019. However, he stated "I had a meeting one time with Kanye West, Kanye, and played him the album, and he was like, 'Bro nah, you need to do what you do. Add more bass, add more drums, add more, the real shit, that's what no one else is doing. Be the best you, bring that shit all the way up to the forefront...That conversation definitely inspired me, and made me go back and go crazy with the live instruments". On July 1, 2020, Ty Dolla Sign released "Ego Death (song), Ego Death" featuring Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Skrillex as the official lead single to his third studio album. On July 3, 2020, Ty Dolla Sign announced to Big Boy (radio host), Big Boy that his third studio album is called ''Dream House'' and would be released "sooner than you think". The second single "Expensive (Ty Dolla Sign song), Expensive", featuring Nicki Minaj, was released on August 28, 2020. On October 14, Ty Dolla Sign revealed that he changed the album's title to ''Featuring Ty Dolla Sign'', a reference to his work on other artists' projects and songs since his last release. He said the album title came from his gift of collaborating, and features many of his industry friends. ''Featuring Ty Dolla Sign'' was released on October 23, 2020. The album features artists including Kid Cudi, Post Malone, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, Quavo, Lil Durk, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, Future (rapper), Future, Musiq Soulchild, FKA Twigs, FKA twigs and Skrillex. Ty Dolla Sign was also featured on the song "Safety Net" with American singer Ariana Grande for her sixth studio album, ''Positions (album), Positions'' on October 30, 2020. On 11 August 2021, Ty Dolla Sign and Canadian R&B duo dvsn, composed of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, posted the artwork from a forthcoming collaborative album titled ''Cheers to the Best Memories'' to their respective Instagram pages, captioned with the 20 August 2021 release date. The album featured Rauw Alejandro and longtime Ty Dolla Sign associate YG (rapper), YG, as well as a posthumous guest appearance from Mac Miller, with whom Ty Dolla Sign had The Divine Feminine, collaborated in the past. The release preceded Ty Dolla Sign's appearances in the following two weeks on "Junya pt 2" from Kanye West's ''Donda (album), Donda'' and "Get Along Better" from Drake (musician), Drake's ''Certified Lover Boy''.


Artistry

Ty Dolla Sign sings and raps, combining elements of contemporary R&B, R&B and hip hop music. When asked if he was a rapper, he stated, "People would call it rap, but I really don't feel like I rap. There's so many great rappers, like if we had to Battle rap, battle or some shit, they would just cream me. I don't really consider myself a rapper, I just happen to have Bar (music), bars, or something like that. I still sing man, I'm a singer, ya feel me?" He cited Nate Dogg and Chris Brown as main influences for his musical style. When asked about his influences, Ty Dolla Sign responded, "Tupac Shakur, 2Pac is my favorite artist of all time. I liked Slum Village a lot back then, like J Dilla, he's one of my favorite producers and artists. I'm like a hip-hop head type of dude. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, that whole Rawkus Records scene, that's my type of shit." He continued, "I also like cats like Prince (musician), Prince. Just like his production, he's kind of like the same thing as me. He sings, he produces, he Multi-instrumentalist, plays all types of instruments. That's what I'm after. I wouldn't wear that type of clothes or wear my hair like that. [Laughs.] But as far as artistry, that's the same type of dude I am." In an interview he revealed that Kim Burrell was his absolute favorite vocalist, and that Brandy Norwood, Brandy was right there with her.


Personal life

Ty Dolla Sign has a daughter named Jailynn Crystal. He was in a relationship with Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui from 2017 to 2019. On December 10, 2018, it was revealed that Ty Dolla Sign was facing up to fifteen years in jail in relation to cocaine and marijuana possession charges. These charges resulted from a traffic stop in Atlanta, Georgia where in a car with multiple people, Ty Dolla Sign was the only one charged with the drugs due to him being in close proximity to them. Later, all charges were dropped upon completion of a drug prevention program. In 2020, Ty Dolla Sign formally endorsed the Kanye West 2020 presidential campaign, presidential campaign of fellow rapper and frequent collaborator Kanye West.


Discography

;Studio albums *''Free TC'' (2015) *''Beach House 3'' (2017) *''Featuring Ty Dolla Sign'' (2020)


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