One of the UK’s most grounded and skilled MCs and on all our radars since 2001’s Awkward (this very blog’s name is inspired by a track name from Upwards), Ty is prepping fifth LP A Work Of Heart for release on Jazz re:freshed on 2 March 2018. Although he’s written and produced the majority of the album, there’s a great roster of guests, including Rootz (fka Durrty Goodz), Deborah Jordan, Tall Black Guy, United Vibrations‘ Wayne Francis and the legend Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets.
I wanted to move away from the hip hop album approach where a bunch of disparate beats by different producers and different rappers with stock rhymes are strung together.
With every guest, every sample, lyric and instrument I thought about whether they suit the themes and mood of the song, then decided what to include accordingly.
As the songwriter and producer, I created whilst thinking what the album is actually telling you. This is my life work, it’s how I feel, and it’s a catharsis.
I want to upgrade the view of hip hop; rappers need to view their artform as important, which is why I have lyrics like ‘every rhyme written should be in a museum’. This music should be treated with importance and a lasting high value.
Check Eyes Open ft Deborah Jordan and Rootz above, and Brixton Baby below.
The track list looks like this:
Somehow Somewhere Someway
Work Of Heart
No Place To Run
You Gave Me
Folks Say People Say
World Of Flaws
As The Smoke Clears