"I thought you was buyin' me a Mai Tai...?"

Without so much as breathing on the mic, the man known as "Ty Ty" (a.k.a. Tyran Smith) has become a household name in hip-hop. How? By being the best buddy of Jay-Z, of course. But the role Ty Ty plays as Hov's real right-hand man (sorry, Bleek) isn't without its downsides. You know, he might have to mace a child abuser and take a charge. Or he might end up (allegedly) taking a beatdown on behalf of the big homie (but live to Twitter about it!). See, this shit ain't all courtside seats and weekends in St. Barts.

But aside from the obvious perks, undying loyalty to hip-hop's biggest icon has another advantage—no, not an imdb page, but immortality in rap lyrics. Yep, Jay has been shouting out Ty Ty since Reasonable Doubt all the way up to The Blueprint 3, which leaked yesterday (you might have heard?). So we combed through Hov's discography to uncover the top 8 lyrical references to Ty Ty. Best Friends Forever!....


"Can't stop I, from drinkin Mai Tais, with Ty Ty/Down in Nevada, ha ha, poppa, word life"

"Dead Presidents II" from Reasonable Doubt (1996)

COMPLEX SAYS: Ty been down with Jigga since he was saying "word life." Word life.
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"Just me Ty and B-High, thug it like that/E, Dame, and Biggs, what's fuckin' with that?"

"It's Like That" from Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life (1998)

COMPLEX SAYS: Somebody ask Dame that question.
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"We're young execs/My nigga Dame, my nigga Biggs, my nigga Ty/My nigga High, my nigga Gotti/We embody all that's right with the world"

"Anything" from Vol. 3...Life and Times of S.Carter (1999)

COMPLEX SAYS: Ah, Dame. You really lost one.
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tytymug
Mean muggin', son.
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"Ty rolled with a nigga, V.A. spot/Tone, Mike Zo, and them niggas, V.A.'s locked"
"Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" from The Blueprint (2001)

COMPLEX SAYS: "My dude'll commit felonies on my behalf across state lines."
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"And they was havin a lil' trouble with the pool...You and Ty Ty was laughin'...Emory was there, what up Emory? What up Ty?"

"My 1st Song" from The Black Album (2003)

COMPLEX SAYS: Uh...guess we had to be there.
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"Big Ty, I see you, too, boy...Guru, I don't usually do this, but roll me up something, man"
"Do U Wanna Ride" from Kingdom Come (2006)

COMPLEX SAYS: "...and Bleek, bring me over some Baked Lays... Tru-Life, uh, go run and grab my slippers..."
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tytyrihanna
"Look at Chris Breezy bitch-ass up in V.I.P., scared to come down here..."
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"My reply: BLAH, BLAH/Blast burner then pass burner to Ty Ty"

"Success" from American Gangster (2007)

COMPLEX SAYS: And by "burner," I mean a can of mace. Thoia Thoing!
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"And I brought my boys with me, say what up to Ty Ty/Still sippin' Mai Tais, sitting courtside/Knicks and Nets give me high fives..."

"Empire State of Mind" from The Blueprint 3

COMPLEX SAYS: But do they leave Ty Ty hangin'?
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