[With a few months under his belt since officially joining Wiz Khalifa’s team, Taylor Gang’s latest signee Ty Dolla $ign gives SOHH readers the inside scoop on how deep their relationship is.]
Me and Wiz Khalifa have always been good friends. We do good music together and we have fun smoking together. We’re just good homies and we’ve known each other for years.
We really met each other from being out here in the studios throughout Los Angeles. He was signed to Warner Bros. originally and we’ve been cool ever since then. Wiz blew up and he went and did his thing.
When I dropped that Beach House [mixtape], the first one, he hit me up on Twitter and was like, “Yo, what’s up? Let’s work!” He was saying, “Yo, you need to be with the Gang.”
And so then I was just like, “F*ck it then, let’s do this sh*t.” Now we’re here. Shout-out to Wiz and everyone in Taylor Gang.
We’re pretty much brothers and pals. That’s exactly how it feels. Of course Wiz did his thing with the Taylor Gang, made it huge, so he’s definitely the boss. He’s the guy, he has all the fans and I’m just trying to come in and get my sh*t done.
I’m happy to be a part of this. Wiz is definitely making it easier and faster for me to get where I’m going.
The biggest opportunity or advantage of being at Taylor Gang is getting to where I want to go faster. Wiz has tons of fans all over the world. Of course he brings me out during his shows, he tweets about me, does songs with me, features, his album, he’ll put me on his friends’ albums. If it’s a crazy song, he’ll be like, “Put Ty on that!”
I think it’s helping him because we have a deal together but it’s really helping me. It’s all good.
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.