Nashville, TN (November 19, 2021)
Ty Brasel knows a thing about destiny. Raised on the outskirts of Memphis, he struggled with criminal behavior before rediscovering God and renewing his purpose. Now a faith-driven hip-hop star, he reflects upon his life story—and encourages others to move past their own obstacles—with his newest mixtape, Destiny: Vol. 1.
Released today by IVAV (a hip-hop division of Curb Records), Destiny: Vol. 1 is full of rapid-fire rhymes, melodic hooks, hard-hitting beats, and celestial keyboards. The result is a genre-crossing hip-hop record for doubters and believers alike, delivered by an artist who has proudly traded the darkness of his past for the bright promise of a better future. Produced by Dirty Rice, Joseph Prielozny, and JuiceBangers, Destiny: Vol. 1 also features cameos from a long list of hip-hop collaborators, including Jay-Way, J. Monty, Plan G, 1k Phew, Jenna Wright, and Parris Chariz.
Destiny: Vol. 1 arrives on the heels of 2020’s The Divine Storm and 2018’s Destined For Greatness, two solo albums whose hip-hop highlights—including viral hits like “Praying Hands,” “Night Dreaming,” and “Highlight”—helped Brasel earn more than 52 million streams worldwide. He builds upon that success with Destiny: Vol. 1, mixing his longtime fondness for southern rap and contemporary pop with atmospheric interludes, autobiographical lyrics, and the otherworldly uplift of gospel music. Brasel has always created his own sound, but he’s never sounded so driven—so destined, even—as he does here.
“Doubt, trauma, and fear can threaten to get in the way of people accomplishing their goals,” says Brasel, who raps about his past struggles to help inspire others to seek salvation. “Sometimes, they can hinder you from even trying. I’m trying to show people, using my own life and my own music as an example, that you can always keep going.”