Rappers G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert will combine forces with Ty Dolla $ign and more for The Endless Summer Tour this year.
Currently on his Beautiful & Damned Tour, G-Eazy’s summer tour (which shares a name with his 2016 summer tour with Logic) will kick off on July 20th in Washington, and will make stops in Irvine, Chicago, Dallas, New York and many more, until things come to a close on September 8th in West Palm Beach.
Fans can visit Ticketmaster.com for more information, and don’t miss out because pre-sale tickets are schedule to begin today!
Check out the dates and locations for The Endless Summer Tour 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.
Although the original leaked version of the record, which only featured Thugger, was released over a year ago, today we have the official version of Young Thug’s Dun Deal produced track, ‘Friend Of Scotty’. This time with some assistance from Free TC rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug and Ty kill the track, even though Thugger characteristically has some suspect lyrics throughout the song.
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.
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!
Besides his new feature on Travis Scott’s debut album Rodeo and production on The Weeknd’s new LP, it feels like it has been forever since we had some new music from Kanye West. Well although we are still patiently awaiting his forthcoming album Swish, today we have a new record with Kanye West, ‘White Iverson’ rapper/singer Post Malone, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Debuting during Yeezy Season 2 (of Kanye West’s New York Fashion Week runaway show and which will reportedly not involve adidas), ‘Fade’ samples The Unidisputed Truth’s ‘I’m Losing You’ as well as Hardrive’s ‘Deep Inside’. What do you like better, this one or ‘Wolves’ (from Season 1 of Kanye’s adidas line)?
These are the highlights of this past week in music! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings, and to stay up-to-date on today’s music. This week we have new music from Toro y Moi, a Alchemist produced track from Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt, a collaboration from Wale, Ty Dolla $ign & Kanye West, and more. Get started at the jump below to check out our favorite records of the past week.
Check out Wale’s new Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign collaboration, ‘The Summer League’. Wale’s The Album About Nothing LP is set to arrive in a week, so get excited with this new track. Stream a radio rip of ‘The Summer League’ below.
Check out Ty Dolla Sign’s new Tinashe and Charli XCX collaboration ‘Drop That Kitty’, produced by Stargate and Cashmere Cat. The new single is from Ty’s forthcoming debut album FreeTC, and can be downloaded now on iTunes. Check out the track below and look out for its music video soon, which features Ty, Tinashe, Charli, and Wiz Khalifa.