When we pegged young Dallas rapper T.Y.E. as an Artist to Watch in 2017, we noted that we were excited to hear his full album, which he was working on. His mix of being a classically trained opera singer, and sounding like a long-lost member of Dungeon Family was unfrozen in Dallas, made him one of the young artists we're most excited about. We're also excited to announce that T.Y.E.'s debut album, titled 32, is due out on June 5 via POW Recordings. But that's not all we have that's T.Y.E.-related: We're also premiering his video for "Unusual," one of the tracks from the album, below.
Here's what T.Y..E. said about the video:
"I have so much emptiness in my heart and soul. I can never be a real man. I can never be happy. All my insecurities live within me for a reason. It's torture to live. People think I don't believe in God but I do, it's just that me and God have never seen eye to eye. And what I go through everyday is God's way of punishing me for not letting him command my life.
My spirit is stained with the blackest darkness and not even a baptism can wash it clean. My life on the inside is misery and filled with hate and envy. Hope is an ongoing lie that is force fed to me to prep me for my daily torture. Living has become a most dreadful experience. My smiles are forced and my love is rejected. I'm not good enough to be God's child. I'm not good enough to be successful and I'm not good enough to be loved. I'm unusual."
If you're not familiar with T.Y.E., this Pigeons and Planes interview should get you caught up. The short version: He went to Carter High in Dallas and was a basketball star there. Somewhere along the way, he got into opera and theater was named an all-state performer and won an opera scholarship to Abilene Christian. But then he got diagnosed as bi-polar, went through a ton of crazy stuff and started rapping.
Oh, and not to bury the lead here, but T.Y.E. will also be Vinyl Me, Please's June VMP Rising artist, as we'll be releasing a vinyl edition of 32 in June. We'll share more details when the release gets closer. Until then, enjoy "Unusual" and its haunting, cinematic video.
Andrew Winistorfer is Vinyl Me, Please’s Classics and Country Director, and an editor of their books, 100 Albums You Need In Your Collection and The Best Record Stores In The United States. He’s written Listening Notes for more than 20 VMP releases, and co-produced Nat Turner Rebellion's Laugh to Keep From Crying. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.