Ty Dolla $ign Still Pushing for Imprisoned Brother's Release & More Inside Scoop
Ty Dolla: Not Blasé About His Brother
Hip-hop artist Ty Dolla Sign, 31, paid tribute to the one family member who couldn’t attend his star-studded show at the Hollywood Palladium on Sept. 25: his younger brother TC, who’s serving 67 years to life for first-degree murder. The “Blasé” rapper showed a video clip of his sibling singing in prison from the 2016 documentary Free TC, which asserts he was wrongfully convicted. He also performed his song of the same name with rapper D-Lo. Other guests included Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar, who took the mic on “3 Ways” when Chris Brown canceled at the last minute. Ty’s mother, Phyllis Mitchell, and sister, Angel Gold, attended, as did Usher and Ja Rule, who watched from the VIP area. Post-show, Ty’s publicists Aishah White and Lisa Bardon presented him with a cake that read “Congratulations Ty Dolla $ign #1.”
Nelly: ‘I’m Not Engaged’
Nelly cleared the air about recent media speculation that he had gotten engaged to model and aspiring actress Shantel Jackson. The “Die a Happy Man” singer confirmed to Overheard that he and Jackson were not altar-bound at Face Forward’s Havana Nights charity gala in Los Angeles on Sept. 24. (Jackson received the Advocate Award for fighting for the rights of survivors of domestic violence.) Nelly was less certain about whether he’d watch the Clinton-Trump debate that aired Sept. 26. “I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see.”
Cold War Kids Heat Up Fender Store Opening In Los Angeles
On September 22, Fender Musical Instruments celebrated the grand opening of its new Hollywood location on Sunset Blvd and new creative space and product testing studio, ‘Bungalow’, with intimate live performances by Cold War Kids and Bleached.
Prior to the performance, in the green room, CWK frontman Nathan Willett told Billboard, “We are playing the song “Bitter Poem” [from its Dear Miss Lonelyhearts] or the first time on this tour.” He said that the band is also working on a new album. "We are hoping it will be ready for early next year.”
Although Willett, who plays a Fender American Vintage Series Telecaster, has been reluctant to talk about his personal life in the past, he did confirm that the little girl whose photos he has been posting on his Instagram feed is his daughter. It’s a lot to juggle but it’s amazing," he said. "It makes you more aware of your own mortality -- how short your time is and how to make the most of it. But it's great for recording and songwriting because it’s helped me to focus a lot."
The Kids performed “All This Could Be Yours”, “Miracle Mile”, “Hospital Beds” and “Something Is Not Right With Me.”