The best songs on Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih’s MIH-TY


October 30, 2018
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I’ve been praying for the moment this tape would drop officially since this 2016 interview with Jeremih. Thank you R&B gods for making this happen! These two are well-known for making certified radio hits and R&B cuts that ride, but they’re at their best, in my opinion, when they lean into the sensual. “FYT,” their flip of Biggie’s “Fucking You Tonight,” is the perfect, smoldering example of this. Their. Runs. Phewwwwwww! (Also, no offense, but if anyone has a French Montana-less version of this, please hit me up.) —NAZUK KOCHHAR

“The Light”

I think straight men should be banned from having sex until they can collectively get their shit together, but Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign's "The Light" makes me briefly reconsider my position. It's really Ty belting out "Let's have sex" in the song's hook that just sounds so right. Jeremih pulls his weight, too, matching Ty's seductive power with his own brand of unapologetic horniness. Mih and Ty both sound super comfortable over a sample from Keni Burke's "Risin' To The Top." That song has helped power good sex songs — like The Mary Jane Girls's "All Night Long" — for the last 30+ years and MihTy's is a welcome addition to the canon. —MYLES TANZER

“New Level”

“New Level” seems like the most surefire “hit” on the album. The song was originally released as a single with a guest verse from Lil Wayne but, on MIH-TY, it’s just Jeremih and Ty, going back and forth for a perfectly concise two minutes and thirty seconds. Building off a Dru Hill vocal sample, “New Level” fulfills the original promise of the collaborative album: two masters of melodic thottery bringing out the best in each other. Jeremih’s bridge on the song recalls some of his best Late Night-era runs, as he sings in a sultry whine about wishing he was a mind reader. Together, they sing about vaguely advancing a woman’s life should she choose to fuck with them. It’s a classic Jeremih/Ty premise and one that, when they harmonize, sounds pretty convincing. —BEN DANDRIDGE-LEMCO

“Goin Thru Some Thangz”

When Boosie Bad Azz was still Lil Boosie back in 2004, he released the extremely relatable “Goin' Thru Some Thangs.” The song was about all the shit that he’d been putting up with — trying to break out of Louisiana, phony friends, money troubles — and it was so contagious that it set the course for a bunch of tracks to be named after it since. The latest comes courtesy of Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih. On their “Goin Thru Some Thangz,” nobody is going through much. It is briefly implied by the two singers that their love interest may or may not be getting the treatment they believe she should from her current companion, which can be considered a thang, I guess. But for the most part, it’s just them serendipitously harmonizing the song’s title throughout and that is completely OK because they sound amazing doing it. —LAWRENCE BURNEY


The final two tracks on MIH-TY, “Ride It” and “Imitate,” are the kind of songs you play when you want to summarize the project’s multifacetedness. “Ride It” is a sex jam led by synths dancing like diamonds on a stripper’s neck, and both artists sing with no small amount of reverence for the woman in front of them. “Imitate,” MIH-TY’s closing track, is the complex chaser to the bracing hormonal shot of “Ride It.” It refuses to treat love as some binary thing, opting instead to place Jeremih and Dolla on the edge of something great, but still retaining pieces of their armor. “Imitate” would place well on playlists for the bedroom or post-break-up, and that’s what makes it truly great. —JORDAN DARVILLE

“Perfect Timing”

All of MIH-TY is great, but I find myself gravitating to the tucked-away "Perfect Timing," their starry-eyed serenade to the girl that got away. It's probably because of the subtle, interstellar-sounding production (a type-beat of which I am a big fan!), and the truly incredible vocal gymnastic work by Jeremih and Ty. Listen to how their adlibs and runs dance around each other in the hook, and tell me it's not a collaboration made in R&B heaven. If I were the girl, I wouldn't not run right back.—STEFFANEE WANG

“Lie 2 Me”

Never seen two artists sing so soulfully about trust issues over thumping-ass 808s. I'd recommend Ty and Jeremih a therapist, but I'm afraid to change anything about them. As the two go back and forth on the song's tingly brass-belled production, it sorta feels like a marquee basketball matchup between two lights-out shooters: I don't care who does better, I'm just happy to be here. —WANDERA HUSSEIN

The best songs on Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih’s MIH-TY