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Ty Dolla $ign Live at the Vogue

Friday 02nd, March 2018 / 18:19
Zak Johnson

Photo by Darrole Palmer

The Vogue Theatre
February 28, 2018

Ty Dolla $ign, with his friends and supporting acts 24hrs, Dre Sinatra and TC Da Loc, conducted an exceptionally lively show for his first Canadian stop at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre last night as a part of his “Don’t Judge Me Tour”.

The audience reflected the energy of the line-up: bold, uncompromising, and entertaining. The oversold show had fans pouring into the venue from door opening till halfway through Ty Dolla $ign’s set. The crowd, being both large in size and character, appeared difficult to tame. In addition, the supporting artists performed later than scheduled, which heightened the anxiety in the venue over Ty Dolla $ign’s pending arrival. However, the supporting artists on the “Don’t Judge Me Tour” were able to manage the audience through both their musical talent and their ability to connect with the fans.

Photo by Darrole Palmer

About half an hour behind schedule, Dre Sinatra (Ty Dolla $ign’s resident DJ), introduced Ty Dolla $ign to the crowd’s relief and enthusiasm. Ty kicked off the set with the tour name-inspired song, “Don’t Judge Me”. Shortly after the song ended, a movie appeared on a mega-sized LED screen in the background that ran throughout Ty Dolla $ign’s set. The film traced the life of a boy who grew up inspired by music and love and influenced by gang life. The movie shows the boy learning to play music, defying a priest by dating his daughter, talking with his brother in jail, and entering gang life. Once the boy fully grew up, you discovered the main character had been Ty Dolla $ign all along (which may lead one to speculate the film was based on true events from his own life).

Photo by Darrole Palmer

It’s difficult to describe Ty Dolla $ign as a musician without going into detail, and the same can be said about last night’s show. On one hand, the Los Angeles-based rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist makes both hip-hop and R&B music, together and separately. Ty Dolla $ign can sing about getting high and famous on his Beach House trilogy, while at the same time speaking out against police brutality, an unfair justice system and corrupt politicians in Free TC and Campaign. The Taylor Gang Member also touched on political singles, most notably “Campaign” where the background screen flashed images of Donald Trump, 9/11, and the Clintons. Ty would ramp up the concert with trap hits like “Violent” and then slowed things down with his R&B single “Famous”.

Photo by Darrole Palmer

While Ty Dolla $ign was all over the map with his songs, themes and overall performance, these trends reflected him as an artist and why he is indescribable by labels. Last night’s concert demonstrated that Ty Dolla $ign is multi-talented and explained why his music should be heard and experienced live.

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