• Special Kind Of Fool

    2010

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    Ty is best known and loved for his lyrical honesty, ability to conjure emotion-fuelled poetry out of every day realities, dynamic live shows, and his eclectic sense of musicality, which never really did fit comfortably in to a musical box. Some may have thought him unwise not to jump on various bandwagons, but maintaining his independence and artistic integrity has allowed Ty the space to make consistent and uncompromised classic albums for the last 10 years. Special Kind of Fool is a cheeky hint that the wisest course is to be yourself and follow your passions in life, no matter what others might say about you.

    "Mellow, deep and highly accessible, Ty reinstates himself as the UK's most well-rounded rap don" DJ Magazine

    A fool for all kinds of music, only the drum patterns give the instrumentation on this album away as being hip hop, as Ty and his long time co-producer Drew Horley play with a palette of classic funk, soul, two step, 80s synth pop, and glitchy electro samples and sounds. Tys lyricism is as insightful as ever; balancing thought provoking subject matter with uplifting messages (I Get Up, and Something Big which features Lovers Rock legend Carroll Thompson), and moving social observation (Heart Is Breaking featuring Sway and Roses Gabor). It also sees Ty exploring his emotional depths (Im Leaving featuring Anthony Mills, and Emotions featuring the legendary Shaun Escoffery and newcomer Sarina Leah), and of course telling some home truths (Special Kind of Fool and Me, featuring Erik Rico). Peppered throughout with shrewd and often hilarious cultural references, political issues, diverse stories, and an empathetic sensitivity to every day peoples experiences, Ty remains a unique and refreshing voice in hip hop.

    Tracklisting

    01 Don't Cry feat. Corey Mwamba

    02 Wait feat. Leo Ihenacho & Soweto Kinch

    03 Heart is Breaking feat. Sway & Roses Gabor

    04 Little Star feat. Wreh-asha

    05 Something Big feat. Carroll Thompson

    06 Emotions feat. Sarina Leah & Shaun Escoffery

    07 Phantom of the Opera feat. Anthony Mills

    08 Get to the Sky feat. Vula Malinga & Terri Walker

    09 Happiness feat. Vula Malinga

    10 I'm Leaving feat. Anthony Mills

    11 Me feat. Erik Rico

    12 I Get Up feat. D-Cross

    13 Falling feat. Shaun Escoffery & Finn Peters

    14 Special Kind of Fool feat. Erik Rico

    15 Endtro feat. Leo Ihenacho & Robin MullarkeyI Need To Understand

    16 Work it Out feat. Anthony Mills & The Ghettotrance Orchestra [Japan Bonus Track Only]

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