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Ty Dolla $ign Opens Up About Working With Kanye West, FKA Twigs, and Other ‘Dope Friends’ on New Album

With “Purple Emoji” and “Hottest in the City” already out in the wild, details about Ty Dolla $ign’s upcoming third album remain scarce. But the subject of SPIN’s August cover story did have a few things to share about it. “I just wanted to give people some good music to listen to,” says Ty as his pup Julio sits...

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Rap Monthly: Low Leaf Makes Beats, Plus Teejayx6, Westside Gunn, and More

Spin’s Rap Monthly column interviews an artist making waves, reviews selections from the past month, and holds goofiness accountable when necessary. The L.A.-based producer and vocalist Low Leaf was dancing in the living room of her shady bungalow in Eagle Rock when the Independence Day earthquake hit. Fiddle-leaf figs and clay elephants framed the front window, votive candles and a...

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The 10 Best Songs Ty Dolla $ign Wrote for Other Artists

Since Ty Dolla $ign first broke out in 2010, as the hook singer on fellow Cali artist YG’s “Toot It and Boot It,” he’s been a near-constant presence in pop, rap, and R&B, whether on his own records or behind the scenes for others. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist has established himself in a much more comprehensive way...

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Ty Dolla $ign Revisits Classic SPIN Covers Featuring Kurt Cobain, Kanye West, and More Artists

Ty Dolla $ign has never made a secret of his influences. Musical heavyweights from across R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and rock have given him a distinct musical lineage and provided a blueprint for his own pioneering sound. While SPIN’s August cover story is all about Ty, we did ask him about past SPIN cover stars—from Biggie to Janet Jackson to Kurt...

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Inside Music’s Epicenter With Ty Dolla $ign

If you were to picture who sits at the center of the ecosystem that is popular music, you might pick a superstar like Beyoncé or Drake, or an all-encompassing commercial force like Taylor Swift. Or maybe you would go with a next-gen, genre-blurring pop star like Post Malone or Khalid, or stream-queen Billie Eilish, or...

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Left Field: 75 Dollar Bill’s Folk Without Folk, Plus Improv Drone, Operatic Rock, and More

Spin’s ‘Left Field’ column focuses on the latest in experimental music each month, featuring interviews with and capsule reviews of artists at the fringes of genre, sensibility, and commercial appeal.  Rick Brown, percussionist of the difficult-to-classify New York City duo 75 Dollar Bill, first met his future bandmate Che Chen sometime in the mid-2000s, at...

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The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999

1999 essentially marked the end of the alternative dream floated by punk bands in the ’80s, sold by record companies in the ’90s, and eventually rebooted in the Garden State ’00s. Five years earlier, alternative-minded Gen-Xers made Woodstock ’94 their own by throwing mud (Green Day) or wearing mud (Nine Inch Nails). Woodstock ’99 was,...

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The Cure: SPIN’s 1987 Interview

This article originally appeared in the July 1987 issue of SPIN. It was the very last edition of The Tube, the most interesting pop show on British TV. After five eventful years, the program had finally succumbed to political pressure and maybe simple fatigue. Between tearful farewells and regretful retrospectives, The Cure took the stage...

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Goo Goo Dolls Reveal New Album Miracle Pill’s Release Date, Talk ‘Connections’

No one ever expected the Goo Goo Dolls to last this long, including the band itself. After coming up with the band name during an impromptu jam session in their in their upstate New York garage, founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac thought they’d give it a few weeks before finding something more permanent,...

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