words by Kevin Cortez
Last year saw T.Y.E Harris drop his thematic album 32: a cohesive project that saw the Opera-trained MC/singer flip between emotive raps about his bipolar disorder, neighborhood upbringing, and brain chemistry. The Dallas, Texas-raised artist hails from the city’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, seemingly using his music to boost toward an escape from his environment and, at times, his mental health. He cleverly evokes a broader arena of Hip-Hop, combining his bravado singing voice and breakneck flow techniques into something more distinct.
32 stands as bipolar as T.Y.E. Songs like “Aliens & UFOs” and “Unusual” teeter on aggressive flows and delivery, while tracks like “Eternity / Real Eyes” and “Universe” feel more reserved, yet vicious in their own laid-back right. Today, the MC drops a single titled “Playground” that feels more like the later, exploring the imaginative mind of T.Y.E and depicting the rapper’s infatuation with escapism.
“I’m an introvert, it’s not separable / I distance myself from people when I’m not comfortable,” the rapper proclaims, as visuals shot by DanceDailey paint three versions of the artist hanging out at a playground, surrounded only by himself. T.Y.E goes on to expose fakes and explore his own introspective ideas, comparing his mind to that of a playground and delivering a few therapeutic verses for all to hear.
T.Y.E’s sophomore album, Incapable, is due out soon on POW Recordings.
shot by DanceDailey
prod by King Kasey