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Photograph: Michael J. ChenTy Dolla $ign performs at Summer Jam 2014 on June 1, 2014.

Ty Dolla Sign surprises Bottom Lounge with Chance the Rapper, other local MCs

Written by
Jordan Berry

"We're in line about to go see my boyfriend Bibby!" "I can't wait to see Ty Dolla Sign!" 

This was the gist of the conversation overheard in line for the VIP Meet and Greet outside Bottom Lounge on a cold Thursday night. The full house, with a large percentage of female fans ranging from teenagers to grown women, was gathered on Lake Street to see Ty Dolla Sign on his In Too Deep Tour. The LA singer-rapper-producer brought along local star Lil Bibby, as well as Alex Wiley from Closed Sessions and Mic Terror from the Treated Crew camp. The Chicagoans got the crowd hyper and ready for the main act, but it was a bunch of surprise guests that made for an action packed night.

Lil Bibby began his set with his popular song "Water." That had the room going crazy as he and his entourage, all dressed in Free Crack 2 gear, took the stage. Midway through his set, he brought out frequent collaborator and fellow rapper Lil Herb as they ran through their song "Kill Shit" and Herb did a few other verses. But then things got really chaotic.

Chance the Rapper, Spenzo and Jeremih came out during Ty Dolla Sign's set leading to an insane reaction from the crowd. Chance, wearing overalls, performed "Cocoa Butter Kisses," and Jeremih did his latest single, "Don't Tell Em." Chance may be hanging with Madonna these days, but Ty cited Spenzo as one of his favorite rappers. Spenzo performed on two cuts, one being his most known, "Wife Her."  

Though Dolla Sign comes from California, the 29-year-old has a relationship with Chicago that runs deep. He has collaborated with Lupe on two of his tracks, "Next to It" and "Deliver." He also is seen on Instagram with artists like Fredo Santana, so he obviously has some love for the city. Especially the women. Ty Dolla Sign serenaded the ladies but had the gentleman dancing or bobbing their head to his songs as well. He ran through material from his Beach House EP and even sung a few guests hooks and remixes as well. The Taylor Gang representer ended the show with "Or Nah" and last but not least "Paranoid." "Ass and titties" is something Ty Dolla Sign has a clear appreciation for, as he sung those lyrics on a quite few different songs… "ass and titties," always in that order.

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