Ty Dolla $ign is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer who has made a significant impact on the contemporary R&B and hip-hop scenes. Born Tyrone William Griffin Jr. on April 13, 1985, in Los Angeles, California, he adopted the stage name Ty Dolla $ign, stylized as Ty Dolla $ign or Ty$, in his music career.
Growing up in a musical family, Ty Dolla $ign learned multiple instruments at a young age, including the bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. His father was a member of the band Lakeside, which helped him gain exposure to music.
Ty Dolla $ign began his music career with his partner Kory, and they were signed to Venus Brown and Buddah Brown Entertainment. They released a mixtape, “Raw & Bangin Mixtape Vol 2,” but didn’t gain significant traction. Later, Ty Dolla $ign co-founded the production team D.R.U.G.S., which stands for Dirty Rotten Underground Sound.
He first gained major recognition in 2010 for his feature on YG’s single “Toot It and Boot It,” which he had written and produced for Def Jam Recordings. In the years that followed, he released several mixtapes, and in 2014, he released his debut EP, “Beach House,” under Atlantic Records.
Ty Dolla $ign is known for his smooth vocals and for blending various genres, including hip-hop, R&B, and pop. His debut studio album, “Free TC,” was released in 2015, named as a tribute to his brother TC, who was incarcerated. The album features major hits like “Blasé” and “Saved.” His later works include “Beach House 3” (2017), and “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” (2020), further solidifying his place in the music industry.
In addition to his solo work, Ty Dolla $ign is a sought-after collaborator, having worked with artists such as Post Malone, Kanye West, and Fifth Harmony. He’s celebrated for his ability to elevate tracks with his distinctive voice and catchy hooks.