Ty Dolla $ign: “2Pac is my favorite artist of all time. I liked Slum Village a lot back then, like J Dilla, he’s one of my favorite producers and artists. I’m like a hip-hop head type of dude. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, that whole Rawkus Records scene, that’s my type of shit.
“I also like cats like Prince. Just like his production, he’s kind of like the same thing as me. He sings, he produces, he plays all types of instruments. That’s what I’m after. I wouldn’t wear that type of clothes or wear my hair like that. [Laughs.] But as far as artistry, that’s the same type of dude I am.
“[My favorite DJ Quik project] is Safe + Sound, that whole album, and then the shit before that too...I can’t remember the name of it. But really all of Quik’s shit until, it was some point where I wasn’t really fucking with it no more. But I still fuck with him, I got some songs with him and shit. Like that dude is crazy, and I was actually in a music video with him and Suga Free last year [“Nobody”]. That’s the homie.
“There’s this station in L.A. called KROQ, and they just play all the dope shit. From Incubus to old school Nirvana, Maroon 5. Anybody that’s dope that can actually sing. There’s like some crazy rock shit out there though, guys that can really sing and play. I just like good music.
“People would call it rap, but I really don’t feel like I rap. There’s so many great rappers, like if we had to battle or some shit, they would just cream me. I don’t really consider myself a rapper, I just happen to have bars, or something like that. I still sing man, I’m a singer, ya feel me?”