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    Ty Dolla $ign Breaks Down His Debut EP 'Beach House'

    The L.A. upstart gives the story behind "Paranoid" and explains why he decided not to record an entire studio album

    L.A. singer/rapper Ty Dolla $ign was the driving force behind a number of hits (like YG’s “Toot It and Boot It,” which was later interpolated by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa on “Young, Wild & Free”) before scoring his own hit with “Paranoid,” the DJ Mustard-produced single that currently sits at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    To capitalize on his sudden momentum, Ty released the Beach House EP, his major label debut with Atlantic. In the latest episode of Fuse's The Mixdown, Ty talks about the making of the EP as well as the stories behind a few of its best songs.

    Why he made an EP and not an album:

    “I felt like I just had to build my buzz. When ‘Paranoid’ did so well, Atlantic wanted me to put out an album but I was like, ‘I don’t know if enough people know Ty Dolla $ign to put out an album and have it do well.’ It needs to go huge.”

    Why he named the EP after his successful mixtape series:

    “It was just successful and it became like everybody was like messing with it or whatever. So that’s what it is, straight up.”

    On “Paranoid”:

    "This song, true story, I came to the club with this one chick, and then this other one I talk to walked up. She gives me a hug, she was being thug so she know she didn’t have to walk up. But she walks up, I give her a hug and a kiss on the cheek and everything. And what do you know? Another one that I’m talking to [walks up]. So I just look like a complete dirtbag that night. But the girl I was with, she wasn’t tripping. I don’t know if she could tell or she was just mad confident. After they both walk up I see them over there talking to each other so I’m wondering if they’re over there trying to make a move or something.”

    On “Or Nah”:

    “In L.A. we got a phrase right now, we say ‘or nah?’ to everything. ‘Is we finna do this Fuse thing or nah?’ You feel me? Everything is ‘or nah?’ So I made a song called ‘Or Nah.’”

    Watch The Mixdown above for the full story on Ty's Beach House.