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|Birth name||Ben Chijioke|
|Also known as||T.Y.|
|Origin||Brixton, South London, UK|
|Occupations||Vocalist, rapper, producer|
|Associated acts||Drew Horley, Shortee Blitz, Estelle, Tony Allen,|
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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.
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.
- Closer (16 October 2006, Big Dada, BDCD098)
- Special Kind of Fool (19 April 2010, BBE)
- Kick Snare and An Idea (EP) (April 2013, Tru Thoughts)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 572. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.