One to watch

Ty is the recording name of British hip-hop artist Ben Chijioke. He was born in London, his family having moved from Nigeria to the UK. He is based in Vauxhall.

In the mid 1990s, he was involved in the Ghetto Grammar organisation and it was here that his interest in poetry and rapping piqued. Chijioke began his musical career in a band with Kiss FM DJ Shortee Blitz.

He has since released three albums and worked with the likes of Tony Allen, Terri Walker, Scratch Perverts and Estelle.

He performed on a UK-only remix of Talib Kweli & Hi Tek's "Down for the Count" alongside Blak Twang, and in 2006 recorded "The Idea" alongside De La Soul.

Ty's second album, Upwards was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2004. His third album, Closer, was released on 16 October 2006. It features collaborations with De La Soul, Speech of Arrested Development, Bahamadia, Zion I and Basement Jaxx vocalist, Vula Malinga and the single of the same name of the album "Closer".

On July 13th 2008, TY performed at the RISE Festival in London.


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