Ty Dolla $ign's debut album, Free TC, is named after his younger brother, Gabriel "TC" Griffin, who is in prison for a crime that he allegedly didn't commit. "He got life in prison for a murder he didn't do," Ty told Billboard magazine. "The mass incarceration going on in this country and with my people is crazy. People are getting locked up every day for s--t they didn't do."
This song starts off with an a cappella verse that TC recorded in jail. "He's dead to the world," Ty said, "but there's still a chance. God may change this for him. I got all the women and everything I want, but my brother is locked up. I can't leave him behind."
"Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. Ian Hunter wrote the song after touring America in the late '70s and finding that Cleveland was by far the most receptive city to his brand of Glam Rock.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.