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April 29, 2010

BARCODE: 730003113222

Special Kind of Fool is Ty’s story. The tale of an artist who after ten years,
three critically acclaimed albums (Awkward 2001, Upwards 2003, Closer
2006), collaborations with the likes of Tony Allen, De La Soul, Damon Albarn
and Estelle, a Mercury nomination amongst other accolades, and a worldwide
army of fans, has always followed his heart.
A fool for all kinds of music, only the drum patterns give the instrumentation
on this album away as being hip hop, as Ty and his long time co-producer
Drew Horley play with a palette of classic funk, soul, two step, 80s synth pop,
and glitchy electro samples and sounds. Ty’s lyricism is as insightful as ever;
balancing thought provoking subject matter with uplifting messages (I Get Up,
and Something Big which features Lovers Rock legend Carroll Thompson),
and moving social observation (Heart Is Breaking featuring Sway and Roses
Gabor). It also sees Ty exploring his emotional depths (I’m Leaving featuring
Anthony Mills, and Emotions featuring the legendary Shaun Escoffery and
newcomer Sarina Leah), and of course telling some home truths (Special Kind
of Fool and Me, featuring Erik Rico). Peppered throughout with shrewd and
often hilarious cultural references, political issues, diverse stories, and an
empathetic sensitivity to every day peoples experiences, Ty remains a unique
and refreshing voice in hip hop.

01. Don’t Cry feat. Corey Mwamba
02. Wait feat. Leo Ihenacho & Soweto Kinch
03. Heart is Breaking feat. Sway & Roses Gabor
04. Little Star feat. Wreh-asha
05. Something Big feat. Carroll Thompson
06. Emotions feat. Sarina Leah & Shaun Escoffery
07. Phantom of the Opera feat. Anthony Mills
08. Get to the Sky feat. Vula Malinga & Terri Walker
09. Happiness feat. Vula Malinga
10. I’m Leaving feat. Anthony Mills
11. Me feat. Erik Rico
12. I Get Up feat. D-Cross
13. Falling feat. Shaun Escoffery & Finn Peters
14. Special Kind of Fool feat. Erik Rico
15. Endtro feat. Leo Ihenacho & Robin MullarkeyI Need To

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