Mike Posner is currently on his literal Walk Across America, where the ‘Cooler Than Me’ singer is walking from coast to coast for a massive physical and spiritual journey.
Lucky for Posner’s fans, when his step count isn’t getting sky high, he is still releasing new music to the world. Shot during Day 26 of his walk, Mike Posner just dropped a music video for his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted track, ‘Loook What I’ve Become’. The visuals give you a window into Posner’s walk and the song is a must hear!
Watch the official music video for ‘Look What I’ve Become’ below.
Ty Dolla $ign is a mixed-bag of tricks. His previous projects and consistent pushes as a featured artist show his undeniable versatility. He can swing between genres and instruments with his voice and rhythm effortlessly. His credentials stretch far beyond that of an “R&B singer”; as he is a go-to artist for a grocery list of industry greats. Though throughout the years, it’s not hard to notice, while his appeal hasn’t deteriorated, it certainly hasn’t evolved much. The same holds true for much of his latest offering Campaign, which is a sort of commercial mixtape release.
So let us get into that.
I go into every Ty Dolla song telling myself I will know what to expect. And trust me, that’s not an inherently bad thing. You would in fact find my name on a list of his fans, if such a list were to exist. So for this album, I held that same mental standard going into it. That said, my mind was open. I imagined getting a project chock-full of modestly-poppy instrumentals with slightly politically-tipped verses. And to little surprise, that’s essentially what we are dealing with here.
The project opens with a voice that resembles something of a conspiracists propaganda video using our presidential candidates as a platform to discuss the current state of violence in our country, speaking through a poem. Honestly, from here, I was excited. It’s deep enough to elicit the feelings of anyone with the slightest care in the world for politics, a sense of togetherness or both. Unfortunately, this is where any sense of higher purpose, is traded for the usual suspects.
Sonically, the project is sound. The production is familiar enough thanks to the likes of Hit-boy, Zaytoven, DJ Mustard and company, that it becomes another stretch of pavement on the 2016 musical highway. The instrumentals are a collage of staple elements. High hats tap away, while electronic symphonies of sounds build up a majority of the energy you can expect from Ty. The song “$” immediately following the opening track, is a testament to this formula. A wavy synth is lifted by occasional background harmonizing vocals. The man in charge ends up using the moment to stand in front of a mirror and boost his confidence, continually singing “Dolla you know you the shit”. But, his ability to flow over the elements in the beat, make it one of the more enjoyable cuts on the tape.
Next stop, is title track “Campaign”. He uses the metaphor of doing numbers in the sense of album sales as compared to what are presumably the numbers in the polls. The production holds heavier trap elements and sees the assistance of Future, a proper suitor for the style. The album continues on the same pace while making a few slight turns along the way. One of those turns comes in the form of “3 Wayz” with Travis Scott. It honestly sounds like a lost track from Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. The dreary, Halloween night-style instrumental is instantly recognized as having Scott’s hands all over it.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ty Dolla $ign album without the hedonistic bedroom songs to which his voice is so perfectly fitted. Tracks like “Zaddy”,“Hello” and “R&B” effectively swing your thoughts from the party going on in the basement to a more intimate setting. The latter of the three is a meta-ode to the genre. Ty name-drops artists like the immortalized Ginuwine to more recent entries like The Weeknd as a part of his sex playlist.
But I think the most surprising and satisfying track on the rundown is the next one, “Stealing”. The acoustic underlay of a guitar sets the tone perfect. Ty croons to his momma, pleading for her not to judge his being a criminal. A criminal how you ask? For stealing all these women’s hearts. It works so damn well. Then the formulaic tendencies fall back in line for the remainder of the project and half-assed political rantings find themselves on the back-end of a few tracks along the way. Instead of sounding inspired they end-up severely jarring, like trying to talk to your girlfriend about plans for the night, but your friend keeps jumping in to ask you if you’re going to vote this year. Not to mention the song “No Justice” which is his best shot at taking a legitimate stand on an issue. Problem is, it is horribly wedged between two tracks about sex.
Ty does some things better than most, no doubt about it. When he’s in his pocket on this project, it’s exactly what you could expect from him. The tape is a victim of itself and its marketing. The very things he relies on and clearly has a firm grasp of, are exactly the things that hold this project back from being great. This project iterates the thing a plethora of artists are guilty of. It’s as though Ty figured out he’s good at hitting shots in the paint consistently… so he keeps his feet planted inside the metaphorical three-point line, all the time. It was marketed like a political-album and much like a political campaign, the expectations of change at the end, far exceed the reality of it all.
Ty Dolla $ign’s timely themed album, Campaign, is out today, and to support his brand new LP, the rapper/singer has released his new music video, for the album’s Migos’ assisted record ‘??? (Where)’. With a dope synthetic beat and help from Atlanta mega-trio, ‘??? (Where)’ is definitely one of our early favorites from the new album, which features Future, Travis Scott, Trey Songz, Meek Mill and more.
Tonight marked the fourth stop on Future’s Purple Reign Tour, performing for a sold out Indianapolis crowd. First up for the night was Ty Dolla $ign, playing a number of tracks from his debut album Free TC. From the start, the crowd was singing in harmony with Ty Dolla. Ty Dolla’s set was full of energy, crowd surfing to sharing his own recreations with the fans. The Wiz Khalifa-affiliated artist finished his set with a preview of a song seen later in the show, ‘Blase’. Needless to say, Ty Dolla $ign started the Purple Reign show off with plenty of energy.
The crowd in Indy was primed for a great show from Future Hendrix. Future delivered above and beyond the cost of admission for the sell out crowd – which is understandable, considering Future has three number one albums within one year. Future reeled off hit after hit – including some earlier tracks such as ‘Same Damn Time,’ and ‘Jumpman’ from What A Time to Be Alive. Future brought Ty Dolla back for an encore performance of ‘Blase’ which absolutely ignited the crowd. Heaviest play came from critically acclaimed DS2 and Purple Reign which was just released weeks ago. The highlight of the show, in my opinion, had to be ‘March Madness’ a track that has only continued to gain momentum. (The title of the track resonated especially well with the IU Hoosier crowd). In addition the music, the stage lighting of the show was in complete harmony with Future’s themed Dirty Sprite 2/Purple Reign.
Check out more of our photos from Future’s highly anticipated Purple Reign Tour below, and if you haven’t got your tickets and your city isn’t sold out, get tickets for Future’s remaining dates at Freebandz.com.
Right now, Future is on stage for a sold-out Orpheum Theatre, kicking off The Purple Reign Tour in Madison, Wisconsin. And while usually there are plenty of places you’d rather be in February than the frigid Midwest, there was (and is) no better place to be tonight than Future’s tour opener with Ty Dolla $ign, less than a mile west of the always crazy University of Wisconsin campus. Only half-way through the show tonight, you can already tell that the Badger crowd came to party. So the rest of the tour stops (I’m looking at you, Chicago) better be ready to match the energy of tonight’s crowd and the Epic Records’ premiere artist.
Tonight kicked off to a great start with a memorable opening performance from Free TC rapper/singer, Ty Dolla $ign. The Kanye West-affiliated rapper, who played a big role on Ye’s latest LP The Life of Pablo, rapped a number of tracks off his critically acclaimed debut album, which released just last year. Free TC ended up on many year end lists in 2015, and featured appearances from Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and R. Kelly, just to name a few. Rightfully so, a highlight of Ty’s set tonight came as he performed his Future-assisted single, ‘Blasé’, which also features ‘No Type’ rappers, Rae Sremmurd. Although Future stayed backstage, preparing for his set, and Rae Sremmurd stayed back in Atlanta, Ty Dolla $ign needed no help getting the Wisconsin crowd hyped for the track. An exciting emerging act who is worth the price of admission alone, Ty Dolla $ign surely delivered for the tour’s opener.
With a brief intermission following Ty Dolla $ign performance as crew prepared for the man of the hour, it was soon time for the DS2 rapper to hit the stage. Future’s set began as his DJ, DJ Esco, played a couple Future records to amp up the crowd and build Madison’s anticipation. Singing along word-by-word, the sold-out crowd was not only enjoying Esco’s cuts, but were also anxious and excited for Future to take stage. And it wasn’t long before Madison could see their Future right before their eyes, as he came out, rapping to his hit track ‘I Thought It Was a Drough’. Next, opening The Purple Reign Tour with other fan favorites like ‘Move That Dope’ and ‘Same Damn Time’, any irrational worries about imperfect setlists were soon put to rest. Even with many songs left to go tonight, Future’s setlist for this tour will not disappoint fans, diehards and late-to-the-party fans alike.
Check out more of our exclusive first photos from Future’s highly anticipated Purple Reign Tour below, and if you haven’t got your tickets and your city isn’t sold out, get tickets for Future’s remaining dates at Freebandz.com.
Chicago is bar none one of the best cities for live music, not only in the U.S. but in the world. Whether you are seeing an intimate performance at the Concord Music Hall, a packed show at some of the city’s most historic venues like the Chicago Theatre or the Aragon Ballroom, one of the cities awesome music festivals, or even a huge production at the United Center, Chicago has something for everyone.
And right now, even in the middle of winter, it’s a great time to catch a show in the Windy City. This month alone fans can check out some performances by the dabbing rap trio Migos, hard rock’s legendary band AC|DC, country music’s Dustin Lynch, and a whole bunch of big name rappers including Future, Fetty Wap and Hoodie Allen, just to name a few.
Migos @ The House of Blues (2/28)
The ‘Versace’ rapping trio Migos is bringing the dab to Chicago this month as the group will be performing at the House of Blues on February 28th at 5:00PM (performance begins at 6:30). Expect the crowd to go crazy at the group plays their hit single ‘Look at My Dab’, as well as other cuts off their YRN 2 mixtape. Get your tickets now at LiveNation.com for only $25, that’s less than $9 per Migo!
AC|DC @ The United Center (2/17)
Legendary rockers AC|DC will be back in black at Chicago’s United Center on February 17th this month. Tickets are unfortunately all sold-out, but if you managed to get some in time, then definitely consider yourself more than lucky because the guys are expected to put on one hell of a performance for their Rock Or Bust tour.
Hoodie Allen @ The Riviera Theatre (2/27)
Hoodie Allen is just one of many rappers that are coming to Chi-town this month, and he is bringing some great company with him, as his Happy Camper tour features rapper Kyle and singer Blackbear. The show will take place on February 27th at the Riviera Theatre, and you definitely don’t want to miss out. This one is all ages, tickets cost just $30, and you can get your tickets now before they sell-out at Jam Productions‘ official website.
Future @ The Aragon Ballroom (2/18)
In just a few days, DS2 rapper Future is bringing The Purple Reign tour to the Windy City. Going down on February 18th at the Aragon Ballroom, Future will be joined by rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and each by their own are worth the price of admission. This one is sold-out, so only re-sale tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com, but whether you have tickets or not, the Aragon will definitely be the place to be this Thursday.
Fetty Wap & Post Malone @ The House of Blues (2/17)
A day before Future’s sell-out performance at the Aragon Ballom, another can’t-miss rap concert is coming to Chicago, this time with Fetty Wap and Post Malone’s Welcome To The Zoo tour. Both rappers have catapulted into the rap world in the past year, Post Malone with his track ‘White Iverson’ and Fetty Wap of course with his smash hit ‘Trap Queen’. The performances will take place on February 17th at the House of Blues, and this one is sold-out so get your re-sale tickets now while you still can.
Keith Relief Benefit Concert w/ Dustin Lynch @ Joe’s On Weed St. (2/22)
We covered Dustin Lynch’s recent Chicago tour stop and now the country singer is already on his way back and for a great cause, to help alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals dealing with medical crises. Headlining the Keith Relief benefit concert, a charity ran by Chicago Blackhawks superstar Duncan Keith, Lynch will surely give his all for the sold-out crowd of hockey fans and country music fans alike. This one is taking place on Monday, February 22nd at Joe’s on Weed St., so if you have your tickets you’ll surely be treated to a great night for a great cause.
Dirt Nasty & Mickey Avalon @ The Bottom Lounge (2/26)
Last but not least is probably the most unique concert on our list. Taking stage at the Bottom Lounge on February 26th, actor/rapper Simon Rex (“Dirt Nasty”) and ‘Jane Fonda’ rapper Mickey Avalon have squashed their beef and will make a stop in Chicago on their new Married to the Game tour. The two are more than entertaining, Dirt’s raps are absolutely hilarious, their song ‘My Dick’ is a 10 out of 10, and together the two make a great team. Tickets are still available so don’t miss out!
Already one of our most anticipated tours of 2016, next February Future will hit the road for The Purple Reign Tour. Joined by rapper Ty Dolla $ign, the DS2 rapper/singer will kick off the tour in Madison, WI on February 17th and will hit a number of stop throughout the U.S. (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, LA and many more) until the tour concludes on March 19th in San Jose, CA. Pre-sale for the tour starts tomorrow (December 10th) on FreeBandz.com, so don’t miss out!
Check out the tour dates for Future’s Purple Reign Tour below!