“…a new wave of pillowy-soft West Coast tunes.” – Pitchfork
“…proves that math is for losers and rap is awesome.” – Vice NOISEY
“an airy, narcotic project that floats along and passes in a blur.” – The FADER
“Tynethys, aka Nicky Samuel, carries on the mantle of where that ‘cloud rap’ hype is headed, mixing analogue tricks seen and heard on old televisions and VCRs that brings out the ghosts from yesterday’s machines for the new synth terrains of today’s sonic atmospheres and introspective verses” – Impose Mag
“…it seems only a matter of time before Tynethys blows up.” – ACCLAIM Mag
To hear him tell it, Sacramento’s Tynethys’ (pronounced “Teen-theez”) musical style is like “selling crack in a Sub-Zero outfit.” For the MC/producer, Mortal Kombat is just one of his inspirations, along with rap heroes Mac Dre, Kid Cudi, and T-Nutty. Producing and writing his songs in the hours between midnight and sunrise, Tynethys is a jovial, pensive creator with a stoner’s laugh and street vernacular. Tyne’s style is a fuzzy free-form that speaks not only to his worldview from his bedroom, but many like him. With the forthcoming Thyluxe, a follow-up to last year’s Lost Angeles album, Tynethys believes he’s hitting his best stride. “I feel like it is the truest representation of me. I did it without trying too hard.” Besides his own work, Tynethys appeals to many collaborators. On October 22, he released a project with Oakland duo Main Attrakionz. “I really fucked with these dudes. They came to Sacramento, and I showed up at their hotel room,” recalls Tyne, who arrived with a portable studio. Having opened for Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Evidence, it’s only a matter of time until Tynethys transports his sound around the globe.[wpex click for full bio]
It never needed to come to that. Producing and writing his songs in the hours between midnight and sunrise, Tynethys is a jovial, pensive creator with a stoner’s laugh and street vernacular. Releasing his first album at nine, T.P. (as he’s also known) has been making art for 15 years—even if the sound never stopped changing. Recently, he changed his name from Nicatyne, after admitting, “the image didn’t match.” Tyne’s new moniker is less a pack of squares than two hits of Molly, a GDP spliff, and a swig of purple Sprite to wash it down for good measure. Sounding like medicine, a new name for the Northern California artist had to be prescribed.
I’m not high right now, but in about five minutes—,” he laughs, as T.P. discusses the medicated youth-culture that has most-embraced his sound and subject matter, with favorites such as “Your Brain On Drugs” and “Fogthy.” Tyne’s style is a fuzzy free-form, that speaks not only to his worldview from his bedroom, but many like him. Mixing and mastering his creations, the low-end bass thumps as his vocals are a numbed-out ride through morning television, artistic knowhow and ambition. Thys’ drive is apparent both on and off the mic. He launched a t-shirt campaign “Save some wraps,” in an effort to cheaply and effectively lace his local fans with fitting merchandise. Though the cloudy sounds may seem lighthearted at times, this career musician has strong aspirations. “Mainly, I want to be able to take care of a family of my own,” he says, noting that he remains unchained at the moment. A moment later, he adds, deadpan, “On the entertainment side, I wouldn’t mind being a Power Ranger too.” Tynethys isn’t being ironic or sarcastic. He’s an original absurdist.
With the forthcoming Thyluxe Edition follow-up to last year’s Lost Angeles album, Tynethys believes he’s hitting his best stride. “I feel like it is the truest representation of me. I did it without trying too hard.” Songs like “Didn’t Have To” enforce that notion. “I’m pretty big on being happy. I’m big on the chance to see another day and make the day better for the people around me,” he notes.
Besides his own work, Tynethys appeals to many collaborators. This summer, he will release a project with Oakland duo Main Attrakionz. “I really fucked with these dudes. They came to Sacramento, and I literally showed up at their hotel room with a lab,” recalls T.P., who arrived with a portable studio.
Squadda B and Mondre M.A.N. immediately embraced him. “We made 14 tracks that first day. And that was that.”
Having opened for Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Evidence, it’s only a matter of time until Tynethys transports his sound around the globe. “I do feel like I’m valuable because I can pretty do much do my whole album myself; I don’t have to outsource at all,” states the dexterous talent. “I don’t want to sound like everybody else out there. Even though it seems like I have a lot of influences, I have to separate myself.”
With a plethora of new music coming and a catalog to delve into, Tynethys is getting zooted with Zelda, blunted with Batman, and producing slaps that would make the Pink Ranger shake her money-maker.
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