Ty Dolla $ign’s rise in hip-hop has only just begun. This year we’re slowly seeing the XXL Freshmen artist pop up on many albums and projects, including those by Trey Songz, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and soon to be more. He’s charted high through Billboard with “Paranoid,” and followed up that success with his Beach House EP. Still, the Cali native still feels like there is a bit more work to be done before his album drops, hence why we’re getting a free mixtape, $ign Language, before the warm weather disappears.

Despite Free TC, his debut album, coming later than fans expected, Ty$ is certainly not shy on hyping up the album with various details here and there. In our talk, he reveals additional collaborations with T.I. and Brandy, the latter of which will be featured on his current favorite titled “L.A.” with Kendrick Lamar and possibly more. Drake may not have appeared on his “Or Nah (Remix),” but he’s hopeful the two will work on something else. Being a talented producer is definitely playing a role in the creation of his album too. He states that every song he’s been including his input on. Whenever the album drops, it’ll be Ty$ season for a while.

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