Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all


A couple of years ago, when we caught up with L.A.’s Ty Dolla $ign (then styled “Ty$”) while working on a story about his city’s minimalist, post-jerk, post-hyphy sound (dubbed “ratchet music”), the young producer and MC was best known for having his hand in YG’s “Toot It and Boot It,” a funky ode to loving and leaving with a ’60s bassline that required some serious crate-digging to find. It came as no surprise, then, that Ty had a large record collection (more than 10,000 albums, he told me) and came from a musical family (his dad played in the funk band Lakeside). And it’s no surprise now that, two years later, Ty continues to expand his sound, producing singular, dynamic tracks like last year’s “My Cabana” and adding his own syrupy r&b vocals.

Wed., Jan. 22, 9 p.m., 2014