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Ty Dolla $ign Talks Election 2016, New Album, and ComplexCon

Courtesy of HipHopCaucus.org

Two months off the launch of his latest project ‘Campaign’ and days away from the election, Ty Dolla $ign continues to use his platform to literally ‘Rock the Vote.’

A fan favorite that uses his brawny ballads to steal the hearts of R&B and Hip Hop lovers alike, Dolla is using his power to persuade people to exercise their rights through the Hip Hop Caucus’ “Respect My Vote” campaign.

“I got involved through messing with my homies Anthony and Michael DeLaRosa who have something called ‘Schools Not Prisons,’” Dolla told NBCBLK. He continued, “I joined their tour because basically they came and was like, ‘Let’s go into some prisons and perform and change the world together.’ And I said, yeah lets do it.’”

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One of the prisons just happened to be where Dolla’s brother, whom his first studio album “Free TC” is named after, is incarcerated. “It’s a great cause. Anything that’s going to change the world for the better, I’m down,” Dolla said. The Hip Hop Caucus aims to empower young voters that they have strength and influence with their votes and calls on celebrities to influence voter registration and activism.

The goals of Hip Hop Caucus align with Dolla in that his new album, “Campaign” was also intended to inspire people to become more politically active. “I want people to take away the musicality, the good time, and positivity [the album] brings. And I want people to vote... and not for Trump,” Dolla said.

MTV's "Wonderland" LIVE Show - Thursday, September 15, 2016
Rapper Ty Dolla Sign performs onstage at MTV's "Wonderland" LIVE Show on September 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Mark Davis / Getty Images for MTV

It will be a busy weekend for Dolla as in addition to promoting his album and getting people to vote, he’ll also be participating at ComplexCon, a convention and festival hosted by Complex being held November 5th and 6th in Long Beach. “It’s going to be a gang of people gathering together hearing all the dopest music out. We’re putting together a Taylor Gang pop-up shop, where you can get all of our merch and we’ll be there kicking it with the fans and taking pictures,” Dolla said.

The convention will be Complex’s first and will feature panels with the likes of host committee member Pharrell, Jesse Williams, and Deray Mckesson. Topics will include activism, education, tech and more. Concerts will include performances by Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz and Travis Scott. As a resident of Long Beach, Dolla said, “I’m excited for a dope concert to come to our city. It’s lit!”

What’s next for the West Coast crooner? Dolla is already working on a new album, visuals for “Campaign,” and releasing the video for the title track with Future soon. He was excited to share, “We have more shows, different artists including Tee Cee 4800, 24hrs, tons of dope talent. Taylor Gang the movement!”

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