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    Ty Dolla $ign: My Incarcerated Brother Influenced 'Free TC'

    The "Saved" rapper-singer also says his new album's most personal track features his brother and his cellmate

    Ty Dolla $ign's debut full-length Free TC has arrived more than two years after his breakout hit "Paranoid" was released. The L.A. rapper-singer tells us that the long-awaited LP is a very personal project, and that some of the half-dozen singles that preceded the album didn't make the cut.

    "I named my album Free TC because my brother's in jail right now for something he didn't do and his name's TC. I want people to feel that even though the songs are fun, I'm having conversations with him throughout the whole album where you're feeling what he's going through...the songs I really liked, I kept them, the songs that just meant something to me. "Drop That Kitty" and "Stand For," everybody thought they were going to be on the album, but in the end it just didn't fit the full sequence. It's all about the vibe."

    He adds that the his brother plays a prominent role on the LP's most poignant track:

    "The most personal song on Free TC is "Miracle." It features TC and D-Loc, his cellmate. It's talking about how even though our circumstances are what they are, we're still able to make music, just have hope and a way to change the worldand that's through music."

    Watch the full interview above and find out why Ty calls his recently released "Saved" video "the most irritating thing I've ever done."

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