Ty Dolla $ign Performs Private Jam Session With Jammcard At Capitol Records

June 4, 2018

Sunday, June 3rd

Happy Sunday. Today started off with a beautiful talk by Issa Rae at the AT&T Shape Expo. This was day 2 of 2 at the Warner Bros. Studio, which I work down the street from. Honestly, the sun was beaming and everyone was filing in, eager to soak up some knowledge. 12:30pm was A CONVERSATION WITH ISSA RAE, which was the reason I pulled up (no shade to AT&T). She spoke with Khadi Don about her story as a successful young creator. They had the best synergy on stage. The crowd was rolling the entire 50 minutes.

Fast forward to the evening, tonight was this really dope Jammcard event at Capitol Records called JammJam. Honestly, it was so hard going out. Sunday evenings have been my sanctuary to prepare for the week. But Ty Dolla $ign was performing with a live band and… sold. Yes, I’ve seen him a million times. Yes, he’s fucking talented and I’ma continue to support him.

Huge thanks to Cory for the invite. Jammcard is essentially the LinkedIn for musicians, connecting “thousands of LA musicians who are the biggest pros in the game to work on new projects together, build bands for touring, etc.” Can I take the time to say how incompetent I felt in this room filled with the most talented singers, producers, drummers, guitarists… ALL OF IT. I was standing next to this chick and she was casually like, oh yeah I sang for Beyonce and Janet Jackson. WHAT.

The jam session was smack dab in the center of the room, with everyone surrounding. It was the most intimate environment. There was alcohol, water, and they encouraged everyone to light up. Shout out to the founder, Elmo, who I had the pleasure of meeting. he gave a heartfelt intro about how they started this shit in their house. The only rule: no covers, unless it’s the artist themselves. I loved that. This came in clutch when Parson James came to the mic and started singing “Stole The Show.” I was like, timeout. I love this song. Oh shit, it’s Kygo‘s song. Oh shit, he’s the vocalist! Amazing.

I also loved how much they encouraged everyone to make friends too, because I was totally dolo. There was a 10-minute intermission to set up for Ty$, who gave the disclaimer that he didn’t get paid for this, but this is something he genuinely loves doing. My heart is full. He proceeded with “Issa Vibe,” “Or Nah,” and “Blase,” with Mike Moore on the drums and the rest of his incredibly gifted band. No DJ, no bougie LA crowd, just a group of music-lovers supporting other music-lovers. He was lighting up too and you could just tell this was his happy place.

And then out of nowhere, King Los shows up. I swear, he’s probably one of the most slept-on rappers in hip-hop, @ me. He kept repeating the line, “Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.” That record by Nice & Slow is one of my all-time favorites in hip-hop.

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