On the eve of another Nor’easter, Ty Dolla $ign brought the beach to New York City’s Irving Plaza. Beach House 3, the 32-year-old artist's second studio LP, had its 20 tracks woven through the set list for his Don’t Judge Me Tour stop on Tuesday night (March 20), which went long enough to stretch into early Wednesday morning. Appropriately for a show focused on an album with six cuts including the word “famous” in the title, the room was overflowing with fans crammed in to watch Ty Dolla perform, all ecstatic at the mere sight of the hip-hop star.
?What Ty Dolla $ign gave them in return was confirmation of his talent. Following three hours of opening acts by TeeCee4800, Toni Romiti, Marc E. Bassy and Joe Moses, Ty Dolla $ign opened his 90-minute set with tour namesake track “Don’t Judge Me.” Between songs, he asked, “Anybody smoke all day every day, New York? This is the Don't Judge Tour, nobody gonna tell. … Who's gonna smoke a joint with Ty Dolla!?” One young woman joined him on stage, and another stood in the crowd holding up a giant inflatable joint.
This was just one example of his interaction with his fans throughout the show: At other points, he launched into vocal runs during “Or Nah,” calling himself a show-off (“I'm not Ty Dolla the rapper, I'm Ty Dolla the singer!"), and took shots straight out of the bottle of Bombay with fans in the front row to “celebrate selling out Irving Plaza.”