Ben Chijioke aka Ty is one of UK Black music’s true innovators and popularisers. And with his third album, “Closer,” this critically-acclaimed MC and producer is set to hit the mainstream.
With a truly memorable live show, Ty has toured all over the world, everywhere from Morocco to the USA and has established a fanbase wherever he goes. In particular, his reputation has grown in the States to such an extent that he can claim the likes of Platinum Pied Pipers amongst his admirers and all his American guests on the record (including De La Soul, Speech from Arrested Development and Bahamadia) are personal friends and associates of the Vauxhall-based musician.
At last, with “Closer,” Ty feels he is coming ever nearer to what he was aiming at all along – hip hop that is as moving, funny, thoughtful and clever as the great Black music of the sixties and seventies. “For me it’s become about the music and the lyrics becoming one. About expressing myself and trying to sink into the music. Spoken word helped me to focus on the lyrics becoming part of the music. It’s not just about Ty rapping over a beat anymore.”
Edited by Tusks_ on 26 Jul 2009, 20:06
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