XXL was able to get into the Ty Dolla $ign show last night (Oct. 26) at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea in Manhattan. We got to watch the last bit of NYC native, Skizzy Mar’s set. He performed tracks off his last EP, The Red Balloon Project, and got the crowd pretty hyped for Ty’s performance. Most of Ty Dolla $ign's popular songs are heavy with features. They're “When I see Ya” features Fetty Wap, “Blasé” has Future and Rae Sremmurd, “Or Nah” has The Weeknd and Wiz, “Solid” has Babyface, “Only Right” has YG, Joe Moses and TeeCee4800. The list goes on. Some of his recent tracks from throughout the last year or so have featured E-40, B.o.B., Charli XCX and Tinashe (which is interesting enough), so it was pretty expected that someone would make an appearance at this show.

Ty enters the stage immediately repping Taylor Gang, shouting to the crowd “Taylor…?” with the crowd responds “GANG.” He opened with “Stand For," his first single off his debut album Free TC, to get the crowd ready. Then he played “Dead Presidents,” followed by “Wood & Leather”—where he actually pulled out an electric guitar and performed for the end of the song. Definitely a moment you wouldn’t expect at a rap show.

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Then the backdrop changed from a cool, blue and purple cloud visual to a stark, bright green, THC-infused display and everyone knew “Irie” was about to drop. Right before this, pretty much every group of guys on the floor lit up spliffs and blunts that were taken by security within 30 seconds (about 3 guards walk off with a handful of lit blunts.) Ty was also (very seriously) asking the crowd “WHO has the best weed?” The reggae breakdown at the end of “Irie” was a nice segway into a Ty Dolla $ign classic YG-featured single, “Toot It and Boot It.” Was his Pusha Ink cohort going to come out? He went on to play “You and Your Friends” and a medley of other tracks—“Lean on me”, “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “Post To Be (Remix),” “Play No Games”—causing the audience to go nuts with the rapidly changing set and purple visuals. Then, “Only Right” dropped and TeeCee4800 ran on stage, causing the energy in the room to rise immediately. Ty shouted out the West Coast, “If you got love for the West Coast, I’ma take y’all to the block with Mustard” and dropped TeeCee’s last Mustard hit, “Gettin 2 It.” The crowd was pretty hyped but suddenly froze. The beat changed to“I Don’t Sell Molly No More” as a bleach haired, denim decked guy came on stage. The crowd went absolutely nuts for Ty and Makonnen’s duet of “Molly.”

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Makonnen and Ty started shouting out “Who’s proud to be from out of town?” “Who’s a REAL New Yorker?” Suddenly A$AP Ferg came bursting on stage and the venue got lit as Ferg performed “Shabba.” When the A$AP Mob member performed work, Ty started to crowd surf. Ty made it a point to shout out “RIP to Chinx Drugz,” the Queens-based rapper who was fatally shot in May. The show was definitely coming to an end, “Thank you all for coming out” said an out of breath Ty to the crowd. Ty then transition to his hit “Paranoid” and did a lovely a cappella rendition of the track before letting the Mustard beat play in. Finally he performed “Blasé,” three times in the row, much to the audience enjoyment. Ty straight up dove head first into the crowd multiple times to the point where bodyguards were lifting him out and basically guarding the pit. It was a hilarious and amazing night.Ellie Doh