15. Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House
Released: October 1
Songs for the ladies that don't seem to respect the ladies: Beach House is an immaculately-produced, fantastically-sung, and exceedingly well-written project that finds talented auteur Ty Dolla $ign fashioning a singular, cohesive sound and completely owning that lane. With the help of his D.R.U.G.S. production crew, the singer established himself as an unexpected R&B threat in a year with healthy competition.
His music might not have the most positive outlook on gender relations, but his songwriting skills are impossible to deny, and he has a funny, charismatic persona. From the surreal "My Cabana" to the hooky statement of purpose on "Another One," Beach House is one of the year's most promising opening volleys. -DD