Ben Chijioke, is better known as British rapper Ty.
With a reputation built on his original style and refusal to hop on any industry bandwagon, Ty is best known for his lyrical frankness and honest portrayals of everyday life, setting him aside from many mainstream hip hop acts and allowing him complete artistic independence. This has led to the release of five successful albums and a Mercury Prize nomination, among many high profile plaudits.
A lifelong love of hip hop has seen the honest speaking South Londoner gain skills in sound engineering and producing, the latter leading to work with Scratch Perverts, Talib Kweli, Blak Twang and Arrested Development.
Ty is also known for his work as a spoken word artist. He has performed and hosted workshops for the British Council, which culminated in the conclusion of a 35 year halt on international performers in the Sudanese town of Port Sudan. As well as this, his spoken word efforts have seen Ty put in performances at The Big Chill Festival and The Royal Albert Hall. Alongside his work with the British Council Ty is also a member of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, running workshops with young people, showing the influences and works of Shakespeare in today’s music scene.
Dotmatic – Dust + Dignity Theme
Dotmatic – Restoration
Ahmad – Back in the Day (Instrumental)
Marc Mac – Black Babies
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache
Loose Ends – Hangin’ On a String (Instrumental)
Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie
Cookie Crew – Born This Way (Instrumental)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika ’70 – Shakara
TY – Break the Lock (Instrumental)
TY – Brixton Baby (Instrumental)
TY – Oh You Want More (Instrumental)
TY – Closer (Instrumental)
TY – What You Want [Taylor Made] (Instrumental)
TY – Groovement (Instrumental)
TY – Somehow Somewhere Someway (Instrumental)