Ty Dolla $ign is intent on paying his respects to his R&B forefathers by hitting them up for dope collaborations. His debut album, Free TC, featured acts like Babyface, Jagged Edge, and R. Kelly. He's now hooked up with a legend of slightly more contemporary status, but a legend nonetheless: Akon. The Konvict appears next to Ty on the ultra-smooth "Rhythm of the Drum."
The OG vibes immediately take over on this one, as Ty interpolates lyrics from two classics, R. Kelly's "Bump n' Grind" and Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat." The beat is equipped with smooth but potent live drums, a hypnotic guitar sample, and an intermittent synth-line that gives "Rhythm of the Drum" a decidedly West Coast appeal. When he's not busy providing electricity to the entire continent of Africa, Akon still knows how to lay down an inimitable falsetto.
I don't see nothin' wrong with a little bump n' grind
Plus you drop your top like the summertime
Then I go deep like the bassline
- Ty Dolla $ign