Dallas native T.Y.E keeps popping up on my timeline week after week, and yesterday he finally released his project 32. The aggressive sound of 32 is riddled with stories about his environment and what living in what is the toughest neighborhood in Dallas can bring. “I like to talk about depression, the trauma, and the effect that the environment has on you”, T.Y.E comments in his Noisey article. The title of the project stems from the last two digits of the 75232 zip code of Oak Cliff, and the Yung Gorillas gang he shows tribute too.
32 is impressively full bodied, filled with soul samples, bars, and singing. Touching on old relationships, how his hood perceives him, and the violence that surrounds him. A deep collection of self analyzing, brash confidence, and dark memories. Each track is unique in production and how T.Y.E is delivering his story. During my first listen I had this feeling I was hearing Dallas’ version of Section.80, the now infamous project that helped put Kendrick Lamar on the map. Both T.Y.E and Kendrick share this innate ability to build emotion, utilize silence, and create a record balancing both melody and straight rap. Impressive is an understatement.
The standout track is “32 Lifestyle” which was released with a video the day the project dropped. Filmed by Dance Daily, the visuals do a great job of delivering the viewer with the area and people that surround the Dallas rapper. The setting allows the viewer a visual while T.Y.E fills our imaginations with the stories that take place in the streets of the neighborhood he lives in.
T.Y.E has been putting out quality work all year, and 32 has the ability to take him anywhere. He’s an artist and a sound that Dallas’ rap scene desperately needs, and while Tay-K stays behind bars, T.Y.E stands on top. Stream the whole project below.