Ty (rapper)

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Ty
Birth name Ben Chijioke[1]
Also known as T.Y.
Born (1972-08-17) August 17, 1972 (age 42)[2]
London, England[2]
Origin Brixton, South London, UK
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Vocalist, rapper, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Big Dada, BBE
Associated acts Shortee Blitz, Drew Horley, Tony Allen
Website www.tymusic.co.uk

Ben Chijioke (born August 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Ty, is a British hip hop musician. He has released three albums on Big Dada.[3] He has collaborated with musicians such as Shortee Blitz,[4] Drew Horley,[5] and Tony Allen.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Ty was born in London, his parents having moved from Nigeria to the UK.[7]

In the mid 1990s, Ty was involved in the Ghetto Grammar organization.[7] His first album, Awkward, was released on Big Dada in 2001.[7]

Ty's second album, Upwards, was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2004.[7] His third album, Closer, was released in 2006.[8] It featured guest appearances from De La Soul, Speech, Bahamadia, and Zion I, among others.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Kick Snare and an Idea (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "I.A.A.D." (1998) (with Shortee Blitz)
  • "Break the Lock" (2000)
  • "The Nonsense" (2001)
  • "Groovement" b/w "Ha Ha" (2003)
  • "Wait a Minute" (2003)
  • "We Don't Care" (2003)
  • "Look 4 Me" b/w "Sophisticated & Coarse" (2004)
  • "Oh U Want More?" (2004) - UK #65[9]
  • "Closer" (2006)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Funky DL - “Worldwide" from Classic Was the Day (1997)
  • Tony Allen - "Every Season" and "Woman to Man" from Homecooking (2002)
  • Hysterie - "Movin" (2002)
  • The Nextmen - "Get Over It" and "Marlon Brando" from Get Over It (2003)
  • Top Rocking - "Love 4 This" from Dataswitchbox EP (2003)
  • DJ Friction - "Soulsonic (Are You Ready)" (2004)
  • Hocus Pocus - "Onandon Part 2" from 73 Touches (2005)
  • John Arnold - "Style and Pattern (Nuff Version)" from Style and Pattern (2005)
  • Natalie Williams - "The Way We Like It" from Secret Garden (2006)
  • Zion I - "Legacy" from The Take Over (2008)
  • The Bamboos - "Can't Help Myself" from Side Stepper (2008)
  • Tettorybad - "Don't Push Me" from Unite (2010)
  • Horndogz - “Movin' On" (2012)
  • Blitz the Ambassador - "Bisa" from The Warm Up EP (2013)
  • Raashan Ahmad - "Music" from Ceremony (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colman, Tim (June 14, 2007). "Ty & DJ Biznizz". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Ty - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mattews, Aaron (April 2010). "Ty - Special Kind of Fool". Exclaim!. 
  4. ^ Johns, Darren (February 28, 2001). "TY: Awkward". NME. 
  5. ^ Longley, Martin (2010). "Ty - Special Kind of Fool - Review". BBC. 
  6. ^ Cowie, Del F. (March 2004). "Ty - Upwards". Exclaim!. 
  7. ^ a b c d Egere-Cooper, Matilda (June 30, 2008). "Ty: 'Hip-hop has no culture'". The Independent. 
  8. ^ a b Gieben, Bram (November 12, 2006). "Extended Review: Ty - 'Closer'". The Skinny. 
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 572. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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