Ty (* in London; actually Ben Chijioke ) is a British rapper and producer. He is known for his unique sound and enjoys great respect in the British hip hop scene.
Ben Chijioke was born as the son of an immigrant family from Nigeria in London. As a little boy he loved - genre independent - songs and melodies.
As early as 1995 he made his debut at the First - G. -Culture album One Drop Inter Outer. He acted in several artists as a producer, notably De La Soul and Talib Kweli. He accompanied them on their European tours and took with them on tracks.
Ty came with his highly acclaimed debut album, published in 2001 Awkward out of nowhere and very quickly became one of the most respected rappers of the British Isles. His subsequent album Upwards, which appeared three years thereafter, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. On this album he produced all the tracks himself and waived guest appearances.
His worldwide tours gave him a wide fan base. In 2006 his third album Closer, where the likes of De La Soul and Arrested Development will find.
Ty is known for his talent promotions, such as its event Lyrical Lounge, where he offers young talent a contest opportunity.
- 2001: Awkward
- 2004: Upwards
- 2006: Closer
- 2010: Special Kind Of Fool