Known for his singles ‘Paranoid”, “Or Nah,” and ‘Blasé ” a long with a long list of writing contributions and features, Ty Dolla $ign has shown that he’s one of the hardest working artists in the industry today. He’s been so busy that it seemed like he wasn’t ever going to give us a new album anytime soon. That changed this week when he dropped his new single “Purple Emoji” which features J. Cole.

So what has Ty been up to the last three years? Why has it taken him so long to give us a new solo project? Here’s a look at what all he’s been into and potentially why its taken him almost three years to give us a new album.

Ty’s Background

Ty Dolla $ign is a songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, California. He is known primarily for his singles “Paranoid”, “Or Nah”, and “Blasé” and have writing credits for some well-known songs. “Loyal”, “Post to Be”, “FourFiveSeconds”, and “Psycho” are some of the tracks he’s helped write. As a producer, he has done almost all of his own production with the exception of some assistance from DJ Mustard for his mixtapes and albums.

Ty Dolla $ign has always been known to lend his voice to other artists tracks, even in the beginning. His voice and style just mesh well with almost any artist of every genre. It has been his bread and butter so far as an artist.

With his Beach House mixtapes, he showed off his versatility, writing skills, and production skills. The series also helped him gain attention from listeners outside of the west coast.

Ty The Feature King

At the end of 2017, Ty Dolla dropped his last album Campaign. The album was received well and debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 100. Shortly after the album’s release, he was featured on Post Malone’s single ‘Psycho’.  The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and is his biggest song to date.  This was the beginning of what would be a busy year for Ty.

As 2018 went on, he was featured on songs by Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Kids See Ghosts, Bhad Bhabie, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Drake, Khalid, and Tinashe.

In between making music, he’s also had legal issues in Atlanta. In December he was indicted on felony drug charges of cocaine and marijuana possession. Prosecutors, in the end, struck a deal with Ty and allowed him to enroll in an online drug prevention program and force him to work on his sobriety. He also had to submit to random drug testing.

At the end of 2018 Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih released a collaborative album titled MIH-TY.

So with all of the features and the collaborative album, Ty Dolla has been a very busy man. He is also working with Kanye on his upcoming album Yandhi alongside his own project. In an interview with Zane this week Ty said that his upcoming untitled album will be his “most personal”  body of work to date in his career. He also noted that the album is almost finished and will also have a deluxe version.