Two by two, young women in heels and miniskirts file into Ty Dolla $ign's hotel room. Every five minutes, there's a new knock at the door, and another pair of 20-somethings, scouted from the club by a member of the musician's entourage, enters with a look of excitement and nerves. Here for a chance to hang out and smoke weed with a burgeoning superstar and his crew for an hour or two, they crowd onto the green-lit balcony of the Holiday Inn, vying for the attentions of the tall, tatted singer/producer. One woman sits on his lap, another sidles up to his hip and the rest of the ladies move in around him, fixated on his every word. He smiles welcomingly, puffing from his ever-present giant joint, handily cracking jokes.
Ty is in Fresno, California, the quiet town where he has just kicked off his Beach House Tour, named for his recent debut EP, which shares its title with the mixtape series that came before it. Given the song he is currently most famous for - the slinky, classic-house-referencing smash "Paranoid," a delectable ode to juggling multiple side-pieces - the scene is almost comical. Ty Dolla $ign came into his own singing about his acuity with ladies, and here they are, proving his point. During his performance at an 18-and-over venue earlier that night, a host of younger women shriek in a pitch you might normally associate with Beliebers. The entire crowd sings along euphorically with "Paranoid"'s anthemic chorus: I'm fuckin round with two bitches/ But I never make them hoes my missus. None of his female admirers seems deterred. Before the show, a white lady with a blonde dye job has him autograph her breasts.