24Dollas – “LIT”

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24Dollas - "LIT"R&B stars Ty Dolla $ign and 24hrs have an album coming out together under the name 24Dollas. They’ve teased it with a couple of promising tracks called “Still Down” and “Mind Games” featuring Roy Woods. Today the duo unveils a third song called “LIT” that lives up to its name. More »

24Dollas (24hrs & Ty Dolla $ign) – “Mind Games” (Feat. Roy Woods)

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24DollasSerial collaborator Ty Dolla $ign announced yet another new project this week, teaming up with fellow R&B singer 24hrs under the name 24Dollas. We’ve heard one song from the duo so far, the make-up sex slow jam “Still Down,” and they reportedly already have an album and a mixtape finished and on the … More »

24Dollas (Ty Dolla $ign & 24hrs) – “Still Down”

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24Dollas - "Still Down"Ty Dolla $ign is more visible than ever. He’s logged appearances on just about every major hip-hop release this summer, including but not limited to Drake’s Scorpion, the Carters’ Everything Is Love, Kanye West’s Ye, and Kanye and Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghosts. And he’s continued to crank out his own material at a … More »

Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign drop new video for “The Light”

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I love this damn song. It should the #1 song in America right now. I don’t think I only speak …

Our Attempt To Edit Kanye’s Wyoming Albums Into Cruel Summer 2

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Kanye-West-Lil-Kim-Teyana-Taylor-ReleaseFridays may be a little less frenzied now. With the release of Teyana Taylor’s new K.T.S.E. last week, a wild monthlong parade of albums produced by Kanye West has concluded at last. Taylor’s project marked the fifth and theoretically final LP out of Kanye’s orbit in as many weeks. More »

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

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Dexter's Beat Laboratory Vol. 44

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


This is the track I’ve been most excited about this week. Hot off his release with Bingo Players earlier this year, Los Angeles producer Goshfather returns with a dirty disco remix of Drake‘s “Nice For What.” He cranks up the original’s intensity and adds an irresistibly groovy beat. It’s impossible to sit still during this one, and I’m probably responsible for half of the plays on it. I’m not sorry.


Los Angeles label Silk Music continues to tap some of the most creative and emotive pieces of work for their releases, thrilling listeners with each new feature. One of this week’s is Polish producer Andromedha’s two-track return to the label: “Luminosity” and “Purple Skies.” While both are beautifully atmospheric progressive house pieces, “Luminosity” in particular caught my ear, with its airy, heavenly feel drawing me in each time I listened.


UK drum & bass maven Friction turns up the heat in his latest: a collaboration with vocalist JP Cooper. “Friction,” out now on Elevate Records, masterfully combines fiery drum & bass production with impassioned vocals from JP Cooper. The award-winning producer demonstrates time and time again that there’s a reason he’s garnered so many accolades over the past several years: he’s endlessly talented and knows exactly the right formula for the perfect drum & bass piece.


Sinden continues to expand on his Houseline imprint with the release of Houseline Vol. 3 last week, featuring three tracks that flex the grooving g-house muscles of the compilation’s featured aritsts. While the volume’s first two tracks highlight artists CLB, Steve Darko and Danny Kolk, Sinden himself teams up with Wongo on the final track. The pair have crafted a deep, powerful house track, and it’s a true treat.


Disco Fries are letting the good times roll with a remix of Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign to kick off the weekend. They’ve put their signature feel-good stamp on Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign’s original piece of work, decking their remix out with a catchy background melody and rocking beat. The New York duo are on a roll this year, following up their self-titled November EP with funky originals like “The Cut” and “U Make Me.”

Let’s Pause To Appreciate This Moment In Ty Dolla $ign History

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Ty Dolla $ignTy Dolla $ign gets around. The R&B lothario releases quite a bit of his own music — 11 full-lengths and two EPs since 2011, plus a joint project with Jeremih called MihTy dropping later this month — but the collaborative section of his discography sprawls as endlessly as his native LA. At the end of … More »

Buddy – “Hey Up There” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign) Video

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Up-and-coming Compton rapper Buddy shared “Black” featuring A$AP Ferg back in April and today he released another impressive collaborative track called “Hey Up There” with Ty Dolla $ign. On it, they sing confidently about hard work paying off. The accompanying video substantiates that sentiment with shots of Buddy flying around in a helicopter … More »

Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »