Ty Dolla Sign's 'Don't Judge Me' Show At Irving Plaza Was Lit... Literally
By Isha Thorpe
March 23, 2018
Ty Dolla Sign brought his L.A. swag to the Big Apple on Tuesday (March 20) night and concertgoers didn’t want the lit festivities to end. To all fans of the recording artist – who’s a singer, songwriter, producer and musician – it’s already known that Ty is one of the most creative, most special performers of our generation. The star has a wide range of talent and that’s why other artists consistently flock to him to collaborate on music. Anything that Ty creates in the studio becomes your next favorite song.
“I’m such a showoff right now. Not Ty Dolla the rapper, but Ty Dolla the singer…”
Hearing the amazing tunes that Ty makes is magic to one's ears. But, witnessing it before your very eyes is a whole other experience. The artist’s sold out Irving Plaza ‘Don’t Judge Me’ tour show in NYC for his Beach House 3 album was proof of this. The venue was packed with fans who were ready to take in everything that Ty was going to hit us with when he took the stage.
As soon as he stepped out, the crowd lost its cool. And then… the beat dropped. Ty started the show off with smashes like “Side Effects” “Don’t Sleep On Me,” “Saved” and “Zaddy.” During this intro, smoke suddenly filled the air thanks to some concertgoers who were all about that Cali life, for real. It was almost like clockwork because that’s when Ty and his crew started throwing blunt balloons into the crowd. We told y’all the show was lit. We meant that.
Soon afterward, Ty began singing another one of his hits from Beach House 3 entitled “In Your Phone.” This track features his girlfriend, Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui. So, of course he had to bring her out onstage to sing her part! When this happened, fans were shooketh. The chemistry between the two as they sang their joint track was undeniable. The flirty touching and deep eye contact Ty and Jauregui exhibited gave their fans a glimpse into their adorable, affectionate relationship and we were here for it. Before the 5H singer left the stage, she smiled and gave Ty a sweet kiss. After all, Ty is her Zad.
Then, Ty continued on with some of the many singles that he’s been featured on like YG’s “Toot It And Boot It,” Wiz Khalifa’s “You And Your Friends,” Jason Derulo’s “Swalla,” and Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home.” And in no time, another fun surprise was headed our way! We know what you’re probably thinking... no, Jauregui did not come out again to sing “Work From Home.” But, Ty surprisingly brought out some he introduced as “The King Of R&B.”
“Shut the f**k up and do it.”
That’s when the “So Sick” beat dropped and the legend himself Ne-Yo appeared onstage. At this point, people were losing their absolute s**t and quietly honestly, I was one of them. Personally, I really enjoyed learning the fact that Ty and Ne-Yo are good friends. As I watched Ty and Ne-Yo onstage together, I said to myself, “Wow. Like really does attract like.” Of course, they have the similarities of being amazing singers, songwriters and producers. But, their genuine spirits are matched, too. Anytime someone asks me who’s been my favorite person to interview, I always say, “Ne-Yo and Ty Dolla Sign.” Seeing these two special men -- who just so happen to also be dynamic music virtuosos -- in the same space, showing love and appreciation to one another, was a true gift.
Before Ty’s concert was over, he made sure to perform some more smashes from Beach House projects like “Droptop In The Rain,” “Paranoid” and “Ex.” He made sure to give his fans some fresh-cut words of advice in between these songs, too. To all his fans who needed inspiration to pursue their dreams, just like he is, Ty said plain and simple, “Shut the f**k up and do it.” Word.
Finally, the superstar ended on a high note with his favorite song to perform live – and his fans’ favorite song to see him perform – “Blasé.” With his guitar in hand, Ty closed his Irving Plaza “Don’t’ Judge Me” concert in the illest way. Like the f**king rockstar he is!
Photos: Rachel Kaplan for iHeartRadio