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2017 Recap: Tee Grizzley’s Top Five Tracks

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This year was the coming out party for Tee Grizzley and his hardcore rap delivery. His single “First Day Out” became an international phenomenon, earning him the attention of millions of fans across the globe. He didn’t stop at his first taste of success; he kept pushing, releasing a steady stream of music for fans, carefully making sure not to oversaturate his growing pool of art. As 2017 closes, we look back at some of his best releases that truly show his ability to craft quality music.

Win

A quality piano riff can make for an incessant earworm of a song, one that causes tracks to play endlessly in the head for days at a time. This is the case with “Win” with the piano serving as a backdrop for Tee Grizzley to unleash a verbal assault like he usually does. Grizzley’s vocals help to offset some of the repetitions in the beat but they also compensate for it as well. He spits a dizzying assortment of bars spun in all directions, detailing his life and situations that make listeners nod their heads in agreement.

Teetroit

Anyone who’s been to Detroit and has gotten a taste of its street life knows of the horrors that many people have faced within. Grizzley chronicles these terrors, and the city’s bloody history, in “Teetroit.” The solemn single is dark, mysterious, and downright brutal. Its feature on the soundtrack for the film Detroit, which tells the story of the Algiers motel incident during the 12th street riot of 1967, indicates the power of music to intertwine with real events.

Secrets

It’s rare that we’re exposed to Grizzley’s more melodic side. On “Secrets” from his debut project My Moment, Grizzley croons about the skeletons in everyone’s closets; how do we keep them? This question manifests itself through a helping of verses where Grizzley tells about the secrets he’s holding and just how hard it is to live with that burden. The silky-smooth production sits back and lets Grizzley paint masterpieces with his words as the tools to do so.

Beef (ft. Meek Mill)

Meek Mill’s energetic appearance on tracks only elevates the power of the main artist(s). Tee Grizzley wisely enlisted the Philly-native to boost his own lyrical prowess on a cut that details what beef is and what happens to those unfortunate enough to partake in it with the two emcees. It’s a brisk cut that’s risky but ultimately works out fine. Both give standout performances that show they aren’t the people that you’d want to mess with.

From The D. To The A. (ft. Lil Yachty)

 

Being able to connect with a rap superstar, whilst you’re still coming up, and showing out over the same record can be a daunting task. In this case, Grizzley’s light years ahead of Yachty in terms of sheer rapping capability. How could he tame his self not to slaughter Yachty on the same track? Grizzley manages to succeed and pulls off the ultimate balancing act; not too excessively lyrical, but not streamlined enough to be considered mediocre. The track works to perfection as both artists play off of each other effectively, creating one of the best overall releases of 2017.

 

 

 

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Asian Doll’s blisteringly bright video for “Savage Barbie” requires shades to view

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In the 38th episode of Pokemon, a scene of rapid flashing lights would become a real-life controversy. Over 12,000 people in Japan reported some kind of sickness – ranging from nausea to epileptic seizures – which ultimately resulted in the episode getting removed from the show’s rotation. The lesson learned from the ordeal was that bright lights are bad, bright flashing lights even worse. Since then, it’s been hard pressed to find something similar because the episode has become infamous, being parodied by many modern programs. Asian Doll’s new visual for “Savage Barbie” may be the closest thing to bright, flashing lights that we’ll get – just wear a pair of good sunshades before viewing the ludicrous visual.

Asian Doll’s chaotic aesthetic is on full display here, with her wearing outrageous outfits, partaking in outrageous situations, and even dabbling in the workings of autotune. All of these elements combine to create one strong showing of her evolving talents. While she does draw ever close to the inevitable Nicki Minaj comparisons, one thing’s for certain – she’s mastered the use of bright lights to create a great video; one that’s actually watchable as well.

Check out the visual for “Savage Barbie” below.

 

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Spotlight: Oba Rowland’s “Goat Flow” Is A Buoyant Delight

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It’s always nice to hear something that’s more lively than trappish. Most street music is slower paced to take advantage of rattling bass, which in turn can affect the mood created listening to it. While it’s understandable and often works most of the time, it can be somewhat depressing. Oba Rowland’s “Goat Flow” flips that on its head, being as fast as any dancing song from the Bay Area yet still deeply ingrained in trap culture. It’s an interesting listen, in part because the beat is as complex as something much more slower, that gets better with multiple playbacks.

Oba’s flow is polished and tight; he’s clearly been doing this for awhile. Being that this is our entry point into his style, we’re encouraged to go back and check just how tight he’s been for some time. There’s clearly a lot to his music that we’re missing and we can’t wait to go and find more amazing stuff.

Check out “Goat Flow” below.

 

 

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Bay Area Spotlight: “Talk My Shit” by OMB Peezy and Yhung T.O. is nothing short of fire

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OMB Peezy is one of Sacramento’s hottest young rising rappers, a furious flow making him someone to keep track of in 2018.

After being discovered by E40, he signed a record deal with 300 Entertainment and has been taking over, letting loose some great music to accelerate his rise to stardom. His new single  ‘Talk My Shit” further pushes him in the right direction, making use of the  Bay Area’s bounce to make something simplistically beautiful.

Yhung T.O. brings his own unique flavor to the track, allowing both artists to blend their sounds effectively.

Check out “Talk My Shit” below.

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