Dubbed “the hardest working man in music” by FADER in 2018, it is hard to remember a time when a Ty Dolla $ign feature was not regarded a staple in the industry. Arguably one of the most versatile artists our generation has the pleasure of enjoying, Ty’s musicality is seen not only in his vocals but also in his pen, his ability to play multiple instruments, as well as dabbling in production.
The double threat singer-rapper has an impressive vocal range, which is uniquely laced with a subtle grit that sets him apart from many other singers. Whether it’s a summer bop, a deep cut or a pop anthem, a Ty Dolla $ign is feature is guaranteed to be the ingredient your song needs to hit the charts.
With a few weeks left until summer is here and we are showered with countless songs tagged with a ‘featuring Ty Dolla $ign,’ I decided to create a playlist with my top10 features from the cali native.
1. 3Way- Teyana Taylor feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Neither artist is shying away from explicit lyrics in this seductive track. Ty Dolla's guest verse at the very end carries on the sexually confident tone Teyana sets from the very beginning, while adding a masculine touch.
2. Something New- Wiz Khalifa feat. Ty Dolla $ign
In this track, Ty Dolla's vocals flirt with the laid-back vibe of the song making it the perfect addition to a song perfect for a cruise on a hot summer's evening.
3. After Dark- Drake feat. Static Major, Ty Dolla $ign
Easily one of the best from Scorpion's part B, Ty Dolla's backing vocals as well as verse blend in perfectly with Drake's and the late Static Major's to create a lustful jam only fit to be played... Well, after dark.
4. Lil Baby- DJ Mustard feat. Ty Dolla $ign
I'm convinced Mustard created this beat especially for Ty Dolla $ign. It has that powerful kick you need for a club banger, but also brags a subtle sultriness as it slows down to its catchy hook- the perfect match for Ty Dolla's lustrous but grainy voice.
5. Nobody Has to Know- Kranium feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Ty Dolla shows off his versatility in this dancehall hit single that helped put the main artist Kranium on the international map.
6. Outkast- Belly feat. Ty Dolla $ign
In this track Ty Dolla successfully rides a rather busy beat, invoking a trap like rhythm in this feature. The duality in his voice (softness and grit) is very clear in this catchy chorus.
7. Real Friends- Kanye feat. Ty Dolla $ign
The minimal production in this track needed vocals that would not only match it in vulnerability but stand out against Kanye's assertive delivery. Its safe to say Ty Dolla $ign did not disappoint.
8. Move to L.A.- Tyga feat. Ty Dolla $ign
A personal favorite, Tyga and Ty are a match made in summer bops heaven in this track. Ty Dolla sounds incredibly sexy in this simple yet persuasive What You Want sample (by Mase feat. Total).
9. Lies- ScHoolboy Q feat. Ty Dolla $ign, YG
In one of the most exciting moments in the recently released CrasH Talk, Ty Dolla gets to flaunt his singing prowess in a track with two rappers.
10. The Distance- Mariah Carey feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Fewer things mean more than the stamp of approval that is securing a feature on an album of the incomparable Mariah Carey. Although Ty Dolla had to keep it PG on this one, he gave the song a fresh and playful vibe with a charming verse accompanied with trap ad-libs we've grown familiar to.