The new Ty Dolla $ign album Beach House 3 dropped on Friday, and was highlighted as part of Go 95.3’s New Music Friday. Every Monday, we follow up with some critical thoughts.

The hosts listened over the weekend, and the verdict’s in. All reviews are on a 1-5 scale.

= unlistenable

= a few thrills

= above average

= one of the year’s best

= lit today, and forever

Auggie 5000 – It’s clear Ty Dolla $ign enjoys music as much as he loves to make it. He never just works with the artists who you think he would. He works with other greats in different lanes. To kick off Beach House 3, he puts that on full display with “Famous,” where he sings on top of an acoustic guitar loop from John Mayer. That song really sets the tone for an eclectic album. It goes from the rhythmic sound of “Love U Better” to a southern trap sound of “Don’t Judge Me” to a reggae-moombahton fusion in “So Am I.”

This album is exactly what you want from Ty: great features, cool themes, and of course Ty on his A-game. Its flaws are that it is slightly too long, and there are a couple of weak songs. “Don’t Judge Me” features Swae Lee and Future. Future sounds awful attempting a falsetto. It’s bad. It must be noted that Ty pulls off an amazing Future impression in “Stare,” a song that features Pharrell and Wiz Khalifa. It became clear to me after hearing Future twice on this album and then hearing this song, that Ty is really better at doing what Future does than Future himself. 

Ty really flexed his music muscles with this album. 

DJ D-Mil – Ty is back doing what he does best. Lots of jams on this one! Stand out tracks to me: obviously the B.I.G. flip “Ex” featuring YG, this is that club record! “So I Am” with Damian Marley and Skrillex is straight fire. Love the Vibe on “Lil Favorite” featuring MadeinTYO. This will be in rotation. 

Kush Picasso – I thought the overall sound and vibe were dope, although maybe not exactly the sound I’m looking for this time of year in Minnesota as we slingshot ourselves into winter. “Ex” featuring YG is good times, the 112/Biggie/Ma$e sample on that is very cool. Overall, 

Zeke – Where to start with Beach House 3? The opening track “Famous” is   by itself. The whole album flowed together. There was not a track I wanted to skip. It’s a vibe all the way through. The interludes were money! There are two things that kept this from getting five flames. The way “Droptop in the Rain” goes into “Judge Me” felt a little jumpy. Also, there were not enough solo Ty tracks to make it his album. Only four songs out of the 16 song did not have a feature. Dope vibe, greatly placed features, just needed more solo TY tracks.   

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