‘1800’ MIXTAPE OUT APRIL 24 ON 10K PROJECTS/ INTERNET MONEY
Maryland rapper TyFontaine has released a new single and video, “Fetish”, out now on 10K Projects/ Internet Money. Produced by OkTanner, Cxdy, Rio and Taz Taylor of Internet Money, “Fetish” is the first track to be released from TyFontaine’s forthcoming 1800 mixtape out on April 24. Directed by Jaketheshooter (BIA, Smooky MarGielaa, PnB Rock).
“Fetish” is the follow up to TyFontaine’s March released ‘Virtual World’ EP. The EP features the standout track “tragic”, in which Pitchfork notes “Fontaine displays his newfound dynamism with a next-level performance”. Made with producers like Jetsonmade (DaBaby, Roddy Ricch), 1800 offers everything from the ’80s-inspired groove, to massively catchy melodies and mosh-pit energy.
The first time he ever cut a record, 20-year-old rapper TyFontaine came up with a track that landed in rotation on a major local radio station. Originally from the D.C. area, Ty had stepped into the studio mostly as an experiment, then ended up kicking off the rapid rise of his music career. “The sneaker store I was working at had a studio in the back, and a lot of rappers would come through there,” says Ty, who was a senior in high school at the time. “I got a free session because my friend was the head engineer, and I wrote this song called ‘Precision’ that won a contest and got played on the radio for two weeks. After that it was just about changing things up and progressing to the highest point I could get to.”
Dropping out after his first year at St. John’s, Ty returned home and kept making music, soon connecting with Internet Money producer SidePCE (Juice WRLD, Young Thug) through an Instagram livestream. After SidePCE sent him a pack of beats, Ty made a song called “Imagine” and posted an excerpt to Instagram, quickly catching the attention of Internet Money founder Taz Taylor and inking his record deal by start of 2020.
Already at work on his next mixtape, Ty continues to push for total honesty in his lyrics. “I feel like the best music comes from being vulnerable and tapping into things from your past that you’re maybe not proud of, because that’s what people can learn from,” says Ty. “The feeling of making a good song is better than anything, and I want to make songs that people can hear and relate to or vibe to, something that people really cherish so that it becomes a part of their life forever.”
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