Beach House 3 Review: Ty Dolla $ign Brings Fans to a Musical Vacation

Beach House 3, Ty Dolla $ign’s official sophomore album, is a 20-track display where the South Central native knows how to deliver what his fans want. The Atlantic Records release follows the commercial mixtape Campaign and his full length debut Free TC. Dolla brings out his friends, old and new, both behind the boards and on the mic for a star-studded beach house party.

Story | William Rivas

In his latest release, Ty Dolla $ign is going back towards his acclaimed Beach House mixtapes. Beach House 2 included the original version of “Paranoid” featuring Joe Moses that went on to feature B.O.B in the Certified-Platinum version. BH3’s first single “Love U Better” features the same Peabo Bryson sample of “Feel The Fire” as the 2015 hit “100” by The Game featuring Drake. The re-use of the sample gives this track a much necessary mixtape vibe as the beat gives you nostalgia from a familiar track. The-Dream and Lil’ Wayne show up on this track to assist over the DJ Mustard beat. Dream’s chorus, set’s the theme of the song for Dolla to “Pull up on your girl with my roof gone” and Tunechi to “Pull up on it in an Uber, that’s how i maneuver” warning the rest of us they’re on their way to steal your girl!

After a first pass of the album it’s hard not to go back for a second listen. What becomes clear and appreciated as a listener is the album’s versatility. The R&B singer is aware of the different members of his fan base. The opening track “Famous” speaks out to the whole, as he acknowledges that everybody, somehow, someway, wants to be recognized and accepted by the world.

The songwriter/producer switches it up at every turn with club hits like “Love U Better” or “Ex”, slowed down love songs in “Lil Favorite” and “All The Time”, up-tempo relaxed jams on “So Am I” and “Side Effects”, or even the late night turn-ups through “Don’t Judge Me” and “Message in A Bottle”. Even the joint effort “In Your Phone” with previous collaborator, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, hits a spot for the couples who notice their partners spending too much time on their phones which is all too common nowadays. The tracklist has something in it for every Ty Dolla $ign fan.

A highlight for this outing is the third promotional single “Ex” featuring long time collaborator YG. The Dolla $ign, Bongo the Drum GAHD, and Yung Berg produced beat immediately has you rapping “I thought I told you that we won’t stop / I thought I told you that we won’t stop” as the track samples the 112 hit “Only You (Bad Boy Remix)”. Even YG’s second verse after the bridge follows the same melody as he spits “A hundred times, told her, I was gon’ stop / but it’s kind of hard when every night them bottles pop”. Ty Dolla $ign makes it clear he has no intentions of coming home to his “Main Chick” as he links up with his ex reminiscing about the past while YG vents about how his lady imagines he’s up to no good even telling him, “YG you a thot!”

A strong understanding of what the people want in a Ty Dolla $ign album makes for an amazing sophomore effort from such a versatile musician. The 32-year-old has found what works for both the R&B artist and the fans. With the inclusion of many big names: Future, Tory Lanez, Sway Lee, Mike Will Made-It, Jeremih, YG, DJ Mustard, Pharell and more, this collaboration will keep this album in your rotation for a good while.

Catch Ty dolla $ign performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live today, October 30th here.

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