Ty Dolla $ign – Stand For (Prod. by Diplo & DJ Dahi)
Dubbed as one of XXL’s freshman class selections for 2014, Ty Dolla $ign has deservingly solidified himself as one of this year’s hottest names in hip-hop. The Taylor Gang singer has consistently pulled together a variety of quality tunes and compatible collaborations through his Beach House EP and Sign Language mixtape for generally favorable acclaim, with both projects clearly embracing modern and emerging forms of electronic R&B-influenced production.
Having delayed his debut studio album, Free TC, to early 2015, Ty Dolla $ign remedies the wait with great promise by enlisting Diplo and DJ Dahi for the album’s first single, “Stand For”. DJ Dahi has lent his compelling production prowess to a number recently popular hip-hop releases, including Drake’s “Worst Behavior”, Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck With You” featuring E-40, and Schoolboy Q’s “Hell Of A Night”, making his union with the seasoned Diplo all the more intriguing. The Los Angeles-based producer duo combine to establish “Stand For” with a patient tempo and warm yet foggy sonics. They mask the single’s enchanting core melody with a progression of smooth vocal sampling over resonating synth textures that harmoniously compliment Ty Dolla $ign’s tone and singing style. This peak inside Ty$’s long-anticipated debut album is certainly encouraging, premiering a sound that can prime him for yet another prosperous year ahead.