BFF of: Jay Z
Twitter handle: N/A
Lyrical shoutout: "Me and Ty Ty is like Pablo and Popeye /Winding dirt roads on mopeds spilling Opus." ("Oceans")
Who they are and what they do: Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith is rap's OG BFF, having rolled with Jay Z since day one. So Ty Ty is a weed carrier, you ask? Don't get it twisted. Ty Ty has earned his stripes (and certainly a fortune) by proving himself on drug runs alongside Jay to Virginia, in macing Jay's volatile one-time tourmate R.Kelly, in tussling with Jay Z's nemesis Jim Jones, and most legally by overseeing the careers of Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Wale, and Melanie Fiona and others as an executive at Def Jam and later Roc Nation. Ty Ty, a staple of Jay Z lyrics, can be found courtside at Brooklyn Nets games, but never in the same room as Jim Jones or R.Kelly.