Emerging rapper Ty in the Building stopped by to speak about his writing process, why Drake is a huge inspiration and the forthcoming single ‘Vice Avenue’, which drops August 20th.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Inspiring, Confident, Relatable
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
My writing process can vary depending on where I’m at or the mood I’m in. Most of the time I start with the beat, and then let the beat carry what I’m thinking about. Im not a “freestyle this is all off the top baby” type guy I enjoy writing. Its hard to write without instruments because of the tempo or the direction of the sound. If I don’t have a Instrumental though and I have a very good idea or word or even a experience I want to write about ill just type it in my note pad on my phone and save that bad boy for later.
Who are your main musical influences and why?
Well my all time favorite artist is Drake. I could go on and on between his impact in Hip Hop, the hits, the versatility, but one of my favorite things about Drake is his writing. I know he had all controversy having ghost writing on his project in 2015, but the man has great writing. He writes for other people, and most of the songs that did real damage for him he wrote. The writing on the time stamp records are insane. I’ve always listened to J. Cole for his story telling and his authenticity he’s so true to himself. Forest Hills Drive CLASSIC. Logic is one of my biggest influences of my career with his message and his flow. I still think to this day Logic has a flow that is literally unmatched. Sada Baby for sure his energy is undefeated, no filter, raw, and his work ethic consistently dropping music is wild. and being from the same place makes it that much better. Grateful I have him on one of my songs. Russ is another one as of late that I’ve looked up to because of his relentless will power to win. I came up in a similar way not having any connections in the industry and having to put myself on with no handouts so I relate to him. On his debut album he went platinum with no features, did all the production, writing, and mix/mastered it himself. If you aren’t inspired by that you probably shouldn’t be doing music haha.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
So Vice Avenue came about, I was in my room looking through beats like normal and I came across this one, and I felt like it was different from what I normally do but I loved the sound it had. It reminded me a little of a Detroit style beat but it also reminded me of GTA Vice City with the synths it has like a 80’s Miami Club. So I wrote my two verses and the hook and I liked the way they came out, but it still sounded empty. I don’t normally do a lot of features in my catalog but I knew it would bring so much energy if we had one or two more people on here. So we Contacted BabyTron’s Manager Lando from The Hip Hob Lab shout out to those guys, Tron came in the studio I worked at and absolutely bodied his verse. Then I was thinking you know what? Sada Baby would sound crazy on this one but I didn’t think I could get him on it. We contacted his people, he sent me his verse about a week later, shot the video a month after in a Club on the west side of Detroit and it was history. Vice Avenue is just about being in a club or party and having a good time. I just wanted everybody to not overthink It, do them and have fun on there verses.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it’s a great thing for the music business. I feel like without the internet nobody would know who I am so I’m thankful for that and Social Media. With everything, it has it’s pros and cons, some people feel that because of social media the music market is really saturated and there’s so much garbage out there because it’s so accessible which is true, but like, you don’t have to listen to it? Haha. Some people feel like its more competitive which I understand the volume of people who make music but at the end of the day I believe great music breaks through the noise. If there doing it wrong, or it’s not good, or it’s a quick clout thing it either wont pierce through or if it does it’ll be like a temporary thing. Ill take that over no internet any day.