Ty Dolla $ign concluded Fashion Conscience’s annual fashion show at Schine’s Goldstein Student Center with a performance that highlighted both his singing and rapping ability.
The rapper/singer from LA is on the rise on the wings of his debut EP Beach House and upcoming album Free TC. He also made headlines recently for his uncredited work with Kanye West on “Only One.”
The event was Fashion Conscience’s 11th fashion show and featured work from both professional and student designers before the concert. After performances from Flatbush Zombies and YG last year, Fashion Conscience sought out Ty Dolla $ign to pump up the audience.
“He’s not Beyonce or Jay-Z but he’s still very relevant,” said Billie Owens, a freshman member of Fashion Conscience. “He has a couple good singles and will get the crowd going.”
The show began following a long delay after the fashion show, opening with “Stand For,” the first single from his upcoming album as the crowd rushed from their seats to the rectangular platform coming off of the main Goldstein Auditorium stage.
Ty Dolla $ign dipped into his many features on other’s songs and performed his verse on the remix of Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell Em.” The hook instantly hyped up the crowd, and brought out their energy following the two hours of sitting during the fashion show.
Ty Dolla $ign gave an energetic performance using both the stage and the platform. The platform in particular, added a bit of crowd involvement to show, allowing fans to get really close to him as he worked his way up and down the runway. A highlight came when he jumped into the crowd and performed a song standing on a chain in the middle of the mob of people. He continued performing among the people grabbing at him and a sea of iPhone cameras.
The energy stagnated halfway through the performance when TC, Ty Dolla $ign’s cousin, came out for a two song set. The two songs were nothing special and the audience was indifferent to TC’s presence.
Ty returned and closed out the show by allowing a big portion of the crowd (mostly the females) to join him on stage. After showing love to one girl, her friend tried to get Ty Dolla $ign’s attention, only to have him completely ignore her. I laughed.
With the amount of women on stage, it made sense for Ty Dolla $ign to play “Drop that Kitty,” his most recent single featuring Charli XCX and Tinashe.
Ty Dolla $ign finished off by performing his two biggest hits, “Or Nah” and “Paranoid.” He weaved through the crowd, going from the stage to the end of the platform. On “Or Nah,” he went back and forth between the autotune of the hook and rap/singing of the verses and showed off his impressive singing voice. “Paranoid” was a worthy conclusion to the set and got the crowd both on and off stage its most excited that night.
Fashion Conscience sought out an artist who would get the crowd going and Ty Dolla $ign did just that.
Photos by Sam Hanken