Ty Dolla Sign – American singer, rapper, songwriter
Ty Dollar Sign’s real name is Tyrone William Griffin, Jr. His pseudonym is often written as Ty Dolla $ign. The singer was born on 13 April 1985 in Los Angeles. He loved music since childhood thanks to his father’s guidance. Griffin’s father was a member of the funk band Lakeside between 1995 and 1997. As a boy, Tyrone spent many hours listening to his father play music. He was influenced by Earth, Wind & Fire and Prince.
In 2007, Ty and his colleague Kory created a duo, which caught the attention of the representatives of Venus Brown and Buddah Brown Entertainment labels. With their help, the duo recorded its debut mixtape Raw & Bangin Mixtape Vol 2, which didn’t achieve any commercial success. The musicians performed as guests with such artists as Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Black Milk. The group fell apart shortly, less than a year after its formation.
After the duo disbanded and before starting a solo career, Ty worked with the rapper YG. Together they formed a label Pu$haz Ink. In 2011, the singer released his debut single “All Star”, which didn’t make it into the charts. However, another single “My Cabana”, recorded together with Young Jeezy, appeared on Complex's Best 50 Songs. In 2012, the musician helped form a production company D.R.U.G.S. with DJ Mustard, Buddah Shampoo, Nate 3D, DJ Dahi, and Fuego.