Free TC is the debut album of Ty Dolla $ign who you probably already know from his singles and collabs. This album is a mix of the club hits like “Paranoid” and more introspective songs like “LA,” all the while connected throughout by phone conversations with the titular TC. TC is Dolla $ign’s life imprisoned younger brother. This album is a good mix of club hits and smooth Rap R&B with great production.
“LA” is the opener and is one of the best tracks on the album. It features Kendrick Lamar, Brandy and James Fauntleroy. The strings on this album sound amazing because Ty Dolla $ign spent $50,000 on them for the entire album. The rest of the instrumental is dope as well, the drums hit and the piano is a good compliment. James and Brandy put wonderful background and chorus vocals on here that make the track just explode. Kendrick’s verse is good and $ is on point as well.
“Saved” is much more what you would expect from $, a club banger with a DJ Mustard beat and a feature from E-40, who I have never particularly cared for. “Straight Up” is a much better song in my opinion, it is laid back and smooth and $ seems much more focused on this track. “Solid” is a song I really did not expect, much like “Horses In the Stable” it is an acoustic guitar driven song. Neither song is bad, but I don’t really care for either much.
“Know Ya” starts with voicemails from an increasingly irate woman named Precious. I love the beat for this song, it is really heavy on bass and drums and has nice melodic accompaniment. Trey Songz however is terrible and ruins the track. “Credit” is another laid back and smooth jam, Sevyn Streeter helps out with some assisting vocals. There is sax solo at the end of the song which is absolutely wonderful.
“Miracle/Wherever” is an amazing centerpiece, with insane production value. The strings and the piano are fantastic, the drums are also really well balanced and come through the mix. The background vocals are heavenly throughout the 8 minute runtime. “Guard Down” sounds like “Only One” if it had more spastic drums and a Diddy monologue.
The next four tracks are all okay, but unnecessarily increase the runtime of this album. “Sitting Pretty” is alright, “When I See Ya” should have been cut, “Blasé” shouldn’t have the needless feature from Rae Sremmurd , “Only Right” should have been cut. “Bring It Out Of Me” Is the most enjoyable song on this album for me, It is fun and danceable. I could not even finish “Actress” even though I like the production, not a good song. “Finale” is a lackluster ending, especially when compared to “LA.” Though the production is as amazing as the rest of the album.
I like this album, but it could have been slimmed down a little bit. Tracks like “LA” and “Miracle/Wherever” are awesome and I wish the whole album was as good as those two tracks. This album has fantastic production and is enjoyable.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)