Underrated: "Rest In Peace To Him, He Was Definitely My Favorite Producer Of All Time"

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 12:10AM

Written by SOHH for Ty Dolla $ign

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Cory Mo gave Z-Ro the title, Taylor Gang's Ty Dolla $ign crowns the late J Dilla SOHH Underrated.]

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My pick for SOHH Underrated? Sh*t, that's gotta be J Dilla.

Come on, I know everything about J Dilla. When it comes to this hip-hop sh*t, that's what I'm about. I make this rap sh*t that's radio hits right now but if you listen to anything out from me, you'll see I have a record that really f*cks with hip-hop.

Me and my homeboy that has a spray paint shop, we're about that tagging, hip-hop sh*t. My love for J Dilla goes back to [Slum Village's] Fan-Tas-Tic, Volume 1, 2, f*cking J-88. I f*cking mess with all of his sh*t. I even mess with his beat tapes.

I got hella sh*t from him that people haven't heard. I'm a big fan of that sh*t. I met him actually one time on Sunset in Hollywood. I think his moms was with him too.

Rest in peace to J Dilla. He was definitely my favorite producer of all time.

For a long time, I always thought that song with Q-Tip and Janet Jackson and Joni Mitchell, "Got 'til It's Gone," was amazing but I didn't know that he [remixed] that song. I just remember reading all of the production credits and seeing how much sh*t he did.

Growing up, that was like my favorite sound. To find out that he did the sh*t later on, that just made everything make sense.

Welcome to the omnivorous world of the South Central-raised star born, Tyrone Griffin. Music is in his blood. His father was in the funk band Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage") and an uncle was in the Isley Brothers. Ty has been creating music since he was a three-year old writing lyrics and playing a keyboard. Since then, he's taught himself how to play the drums, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, the violin, the piano, and the Wurlitzer organ. His inspirations go way deeper than just R&B. Ella Fitzgerald, 2Pac, Prince, Michael Jackson and Nirvana are as important to his conception of sound as Mint Condition and Brian McKnight. So is contemporary electronic music. If anything, Ty Dolla $ign might be heir to DJ Quik's title of America's most complete artist.

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