20 Best R&B Albums of 2017

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Ty Dolla Sign, 'Beach House 3'
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12. Ty Dolla $ign, 'Beach House 3'12/20

12. Ty Dolla Sign, 'Beach House 3'

Ty Dolla Sign is the jovial uncle-on-the-grill of R&B, controlling the backyard vibe in his shades and house shoes, grabbing whatever beat or guest swings by, building catchier songs with each successive libation. Importantly, though, Ty Dolla is also one of the hardest-working, craftiest artists in pop. No longer just a foul-mouthed DJ Mustard sidekick, he flows casually over acoustic or digital instrumentation, nudging his rasp forward so you know he cares. On Beach House 3 – little relation to his inferior Beach House 1 and 2 mixtapes and Beach House E.P. – the rapper-singer moves from melodic riffs to hooks to shit-talk with effortless panache. Sure, YG steals "Ex" with his zing, but this is Ty's party, and he never stops spooling out giddy album tracks like "Droptop in the Rain" that shame most artist's actual singles. C.A.

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