As one of the most underrated gems in the underground, TyFontaine is out to earn his respect in 2023.
Following three projects last year — two of which being Beautiful Michi Girls and WTF is P¡NK — the DMV native has been gearing up for the sequel to his debut album Ascension since mid-summer. Dropping off his first teaser pack of the year, LOVE AT ALL COST, in January, Fontaine’s A2 era is already proven to be fruitful — sharing “The Ascension 2 Prelude,” The Revive, on Friday (Feb. 17).
Touting three new tracks, the EP’s allure stems from the star-studded “Hand Her The Gun” featuring fellow DMV mainstay Joony and SoFaygo. Fontaine has worked closely with both new wave stars in recent years, linking up with Faygo on their Ascension highlight “Run It Up.” With fans calling Pink Heartz the next gen’s Whole Lotta Red, Faygo’s debut album with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Records saw him evolve altogether — teasing its deluxe in recent months.
Ty and Joon are among the closest of collaborators, as the pair have alluded to a joint mixtape dropping sometime in the near future. Joony — whose breakout 2022 came off the back of his debut PRETTY IN BLACK and contributions to Brent Faiyaz’s Wasteland — appeared on “Life B Changin” off Ty’s Virtual World 2 deluxe. Fontaine initially hopped on “Outta Town” off the “One Track Minded” star’s 2021 mixtape Silent Battles. Their chemistry is undeniable, as both R&B-infused enigmas are poised to go up in ‘23.
While The Revive may be another appetizer prior to A2, best believe Ty is serving a full course of bangers once the record comes to life.
Listen to “The Revive” below!