Published Oct 14, 2020More often than not, when a listener sees a song "featuring Ty Dolla $ign," they already know they're in for something special. On top of having an immediately recognizable voice, impeccably-layered harmonies and enviable bass guitar skill, the artist is also incredibly self-aware — as evidenced by the title of his newly announced album.
Ty Dolla $ign will release his third studio full-length, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on October 23 through Atlantic. While a tracklist has yet to be revealed, a new album cut called "By Yourself" will arrive this Friday (October 16), featuring Jhené Aiko and Mustard.
"I've been blessed with the gift of collaborating. Not every artist can collaborate with another artist and have the final product be something incredible," Ty explained of the title in sharing the news. "Many people have said that when you see a song that says, 'featuring Ty Dolla $ign,' you know it's gonna be fire. As humbled as I am when I hear that, I can't say I disagree."
In a year where he has already teamed with the likes of Thundercat, dvsn, Megan Thee Stallion, Skrillex and more, Ty shared a further look at his collaborative mindset as follows:
My approach to music has always been about frequencies, emotions and energy. When I collaborate, whether it's for my project or someone else's, it's always about marrying frequencies. When I create a project and have artists featured on my songs, I don't pick who the hottest artist is or what's going to get the most streams, I choose which artist's frequency is going to work best on the song. I use featured artists with the same precision that I would use any instrument.
Everybody has their own side of 'Ty Dolla $ign' that they prefer: the go-to collaborator of all genres, the underrated king of R&B, the hitmaker of the often raunchy club banger, the multi-instrumentalist & producer. Sometimes, I even want to use my different frequencies on my own songs.
I decided to name my third studio album Featuring Ty Dolla $ign because there is truly something for everybody on this album. It features some of my most talented friends, on some of the best music I've made in my career.
Featuring Ty Dolla $ign follows the artist's 2017 LP, Beach House 3. More recently, Ty appeared on SZA's recent single "Hit Different," while his Free TC opener "L.A." was the subject of a Song Exploder Netflix episode on Netflix.