When it comes to the future of Canadian hip-hop, there's plenty to look forward to, but there are a handful of emcees who I'm really excited about. Hamilton's T.Y. is one of those emcees. After first seeing him perform at The Come Up Show's 7th Anniversary, I was floored by his live show and became an instant fan, eager for the next project I could dig into. That was April of last year. After all this time (and a few noteworthy releases along the way), the wait is over. T.Y. and Chef Byer (who, it should be mentioned, is right up there as one of the best beatmakers in Canada) have collaborated to create The Beautiful Exchange (shouts to Complex on the premiere). I've been more than excited to take this in -- and, I'll add, curious to see whether it would live up to what I thought it could be, as my previous experience of T.Y. had been a pretty small sample size. I've decided to do something a little different this time around and share my first-take impressions of the album. What you'll read are my live reactions, and while they may not be comprehensive, I hope they'll provide a glimpse into what this album has to offer. Stream the album and read the first-take track-by-track breakdown after the jump.
Painting a picture of their respective stories through the landscape of their hometown is Beaugé featuring T.Y., on the Steelcity anthem known as "Sip Slow", from Beaugé's upcoming project "If You Seek Peace do not disturb". With production by Ethics Gallardo and Beaugé, and visual direction by Tuns Twisted, an all star cast has been brought in to make a memorable tune. Beaugé, repping Toronto has recently performed with the likes of Papoose, Chamillionaire, Rich Kidd, and Junia T., while also holding his own at this just passed NXNE festival. Hamilton bred T.Y. impressed us with his single "Do It" featuring Rich Kidd, and is gearing up for his newest EP "The Beautiful Exchange", which is slated for a July 14th release. The track starts out with some focus on the pristine production by Ethics Gallardo, and Beaugé himself, while various landscape shots are put into perspective for the viewer. Before long, Beaugé jumps in with his smooth lyrics that seem to match up perfectly with the serene production in the background. T.Y.'s vocals are welcomed, as he brings another dimension to the track with his polished sound and lyrics, that leaves the listener with a pleasant feeling in their ears moments after the track ends. This track has brought together some of the areas finest locals, and with the impressive production from Beaugé himself, and Ethics Gallardo, this team has created a next level track. What do you think of the team up? Let us know in the comments section.
Yours Truly, T.Y., an artist hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, teams up with a Toronto staple Rich Kidd on their new track "Do It". Produced by longtime collaborator Chef Byer, the tune brings much to the table in terms of musical elements, and acts as a head snapping track complete with a melodic aspect. As T.Y.'s final single before his newest EP "The Beautiful Exchange" dropping on July 14th, you can bet this is a track you'll want to hear. T.Y. impressed us not too long ago with his single "1991", and now graces us with another release. Teaming up with Chef Byer, the talented music producer and audio engineer helped the overall feel of the track, as the two display strong musical chemistry, working together on numerous tracks such as: "1991", "Hometown Hero", & "Hands are Tied". Chef Byer has also worked with artists such as: Ryan Leslie, SonReal, Kardinal Offishall, & Maino, among others. Rich Kidd has been relatively quiet lately, though landing a Juno winning artist on your track is a big feat in itself. The track starts off with a strong synth which acts to intrigue the listener, while the piano chords, and a powerful hook are put into place. Before long T.Y. jumps in with his melodic take on the track, combined with his confident lyrics that hold a motivational feel for listeners of all types. Shortly after, we are hit with the catchy chorus courtesy of T.Y., which also serves as the introduction to Rich Kidd's verse who demonstrates his gritty street feel, which sounds great over a production such as this. The production itself is also quite impressive, brought to us by Chef Byer, the production involves a bassline that keeps the listener's head bopping, while it works in conjunction with the previously mentioned piano chords, and power synth.
“This song means a lot to me because it expresses why I do what I do" “There's a lot of people on my team. If I fail, we're all fucked." - T.Y. to Complex
After hearing T.Y.'s latest offering, personally I am really excited to hear "The Beautiful Exchange" on July 14th, and can't wait to check out what he's cooking up for his fans. What do you think of the track? Do you want to hear anymore Chef Byer, or Rich Kidd collaborations on the EP? Let us know in the comments section.
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After dropping several bangers which were received with praise throughout the hip hop community, T.Y. has established himself as one of the top emcees to keep an eye on in 2015. When word broke that T.Y. was cooking up a joint project with Chef Byer (a hometown hero in his own right) the heads and bloggers out here on the interweb became very excited. Two artist of this caliber joining forces is something special, and I feel it's safe to say that this upcoming project will be nothing but beneficial for Canadian hip hop and its growing success. Coming off the success of "Hands Are Tied," T.Y drops his latest offering, "Hometown Hero." This joint takes you on a journey through various instances in the past two years of his personal life. The high's and low's. Trials and tribulations. Be sure to check this latest joint out, and be on the look out for, The Beautiful Exchange, dropping soon.