Hanging With 50 Cent and Breaking Into the Industry
Ty Dolla $ign: “I can’t tell you the exact age [I first made a full track], but I think I was probably like 10 or 11. Me and my homeboy Troy, his name is Troy Johnson, he’s a pretty big producer now, too. His dad was also in this other hot band called Brothers Johnson with like Quincy Jones. He had more equipment than me, he had some four-track and shit. And then we just recorded a song. I don’t remember the name of it or how it sounded, nothing like that. But we’ve been working since back then, bro.
“When I moved out of L.A. I was probably 16, 17. New York was fun, man. It was just me and the homies out there just doing beats and shit. Fucking with girls. I was hanging out with 50 Cent at that time. It was cool. [Laughs.] [I was living] In Brooklyn, between Flatbush and Brownsville. [I was in the studio] ‘cause I did beats, and they told me to come over and play some beats. So we were at Sony studios a lot.
“They cut songs and whatever but none of them got placed. They never came out.
“I ended up getting a situation back in L.A. with Sony through this guy named Venus Brown. I used to mess with him and this company called Buddah Brown [Entertainment], will.i.am and Justin Timberlake and all that. They signed me and my partner Kory, we had this group called Ty & Kory. That shit ended up falling through. Then after that, that’s when I met YG. History was made right there. [Laughs.]
“I had some stuff come out in movies, a couple of moving scoring. I did one on the movie The Cookout and on the movie Biker Boyz. Background music in the movies and helping with the score."