Words by Roman White

Ty Dolla $ign wants everyone to know that he is not a rapper.

The South Los Angeles based artist sat down with Fuse TV as he gears up for his Don’t Judge Me tour, named after the Swae Lee and Future assisted track from his Beach House 3 album that released in October. The Atlantic Records artists says:

“I don’t rap… There’s not one song that you can point out where I’m rapping. It’s like I always been melodic, but this time I wanted to go super hard with the melodies and show people it’s the singer.”

Ty Dolla $ign detailed a night where he attended a Knicks game and on the Jumbotron was his face on camera with a lower third graphic that read “Ty Dolla Sign, Rapper” and the singer was upset. There is no doubt what his role is on the new Beach House album which debuted at number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Throughout all 20 tracks Dolla Sign flows melodically without spitting any bars.

Ty Dolla $ign came up as not only a singer but as a record producer. He produced YG’s first hit song “Toot it and Boot it,” which opened the door for YG to sign with Jeezy’s CTE record label. Dolla is even responsible for DJ Mustard transitioning into production after having only had experience as a DJ. Mustard has said that Ty gave him his first sound kit to really get him started with producing. Mustard and YG eventually got on their Snoop and Dre type grind and created a sound that became desired all throughout hip-hop and even in pop music.

Ty Dolla $ign also told Fuse that his new tour will be different. Ty insists that he has altered his expected performance from it being a constant party-like atmosphere to something more intimate and meaningful. The tour is set to kick off in Sacramento, California February 23rd.