Ty Dolla $ign's Best Pop Collaborations
In the intervening six years, he’s carved out a niche for himself as both a solo star (his Campaign project came out in September, while his highly praised Atlantic Records debut Free TC dropped last November) and featured artist who has managed to expertly navigate the realm of pop.
Whether it's for bubblegum girl groups or dance floor kings, here are some of Dolla $ign’s best pop collaborations.
Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home"
The cornerstone of Ty’s pop career has to be his collaboration with Fifth Harmony on "Work From Home." Released earlier this year from the group’s 7/27, the track later turned into their most successful single, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ty originally got involved because his daughter is a fan of the girl group. "She put me on to their first album," he told Fuse. “It's cool to do a song that might be played in my daughter’s playlist.” The track’s video, which won the trophy for best collaboration at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, has gone on to become one of the most watched clips on YouTube, collecting more than a billion views.
Nick Jonas, "Bacon"
Who doesn’t love a little bacon? Nick Jonas tapped some of Ty's magic for the third single from his latest album, Last Year Was Complicated. With lyrics like “Sizzling, white hot/Give me that sugar with the sweet talk,” the track is a pop slapper.
Ty’s voice isn’t heard on this Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney jam, but he was an instrumental part of its journey. A talented writer, Dolla $ign leant his pen to the smash that peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. “FourFiveSeconds” is just one of Ty’s collaborations with West after also working on 2015’s “Only One” with the infamous rapper.
When asked what he’s learned from Yeezy, Ty told Billboard last January, "[He taught me to] just take my time and really examine what's dope and what's not. He reminds me of myself a lot." He added, "Also, be real critical about what you do, [and] not just let anything go out there."
Charli XCX and Tinashe, “Drop That Kitty”
As opposed to other tracks on this list, “Drop That Kitty” shows Ty as the lead artist with featured singers Charli XCX (fresh off the success of the Iggy Azalea collaboration “Fancy”) and Tinashe (hot off her R&B smash “2 On”) for this raunchy anthem chock-full of innuendo. “Drop that kitty down low/pop that kitty down low,” Charli XCX belts out on the Stargate-produced song. "I'm gon' make you explode."
Another pop smash where Ty takes the lead, “Paranoid” is a DJ Mustard-produced jam tied to cheating. Peaking at No. 29 on the Hot 100, the 2013 track was one of Ty’s first mainstream hits and is reportedly the track that inspired Fifth Harmony to invite him to hop on “Work From Home.” Even more killer than the actual song is its gory video, which at one point features Ty lying in a pool of his own blood.
While Dutch producer Afrojack may be considered a more dance than a pop act, “Gone” is a genre-fusing gem worthy of inclusion alongside the previously mentioned earworms. Released this past summer, the collaboration came as a result of the fact that Afrojack’s a fan of the rapper/singer.
"I’ve been keeping up with Ty for a while and have wanted to work with him since his last record dropped,” the dance floor king told The Fader upon the track’s release. “I love pushing boundaries, and Ty brings a unique style to the game. It was time for something new — collaborating with him did just that.”