Ty (rapper)

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Birth name Ben Chijioke
Also known as T.Y.
Origin Brixton, South London, UK
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Vocalist, rapper, producer
Instruments Vocals, Rapping
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Big Dada
BBE Records
Associated acts Drew Horley, Shortee Blitz, Estelle, Tony Allen,
Website Ty's Website

Ty is the recording name of the British hip hop artist, Ben Chijioke.


He was born in London, his family having moved from Nigeria to the UK. He is based in Vauxhall.

In the mid 1990s, he was involved in the Ghetto Grammar Organisation and it was here that his interest in poetry and rapping peaked. Chijioke began his musical career in a band with Kiss FM DJ, Shortee Blitz, releasing a 7 track EP on Wayward Records in 1998.[1]

He has since released four albums and worked with Tony Allen, Terri Walker, Scratch Perverts, Erik Rico, Estelle and DJ Yoda amongst others.

He performed on a UK only remix of Talib Kweli & Hi Tek's "Down for the Count", alongside Blak Twang, and in 2006 recorded "The Idea" alongside De La Soul. Ty's second album, Upwards was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2004. His third album, Closer, was released on 16 October 2006. It featured collaborations with De La Soul, Speech of Arrested Development, Bahamadia, Zion I and Basement Jaxx vocalist, Vula Malinga. A single of the same name, "Closer", was also released.

On 13 July 2008, Ty performed at the RISE Festival in London.



Upwards was also released in a second version (Upwards - New Edition, BDCD057X) which included 4 bonus remixes.


  • "Oh U Want More?" - (May 2004, Big Dada, BDCDS 066) - UK #65 (featuring Roots Manuva)



  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Ty-Shortee-Blitz-IAAD/release/1314338
  2. ^ 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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