“First Day Out” was a global smash that 4 Sho helped break to mainstream America. Everyone from Lebron James to Jay Z shows their love for the track one way or another, and the song continues to rule over radio airwaves. It established Tee Grizzley as a powerhouse lyricist and excellent song crafter. Though he’s released his debut project My Moment and collaborated with Meek Mill for the spectacular “Beef,” some people still aren’t convinced that he’s here to stay. Maybe it’s because he isn’t a cartoonish rap personality that only gets spins because of his outlandish style. It could also be because lyricism scares people, so he’s delegated to people believing he’s a one-trick pony.
That’s far from the case.
The thing is, people won’t listen to words alone. But then, they won’t give things a chance without a stamp of approval either. For that reason, we’ve put together a brief list of tracks to check out if you want to hear the best of what Tee Grizzley has to offer. Check these out and further your Tee Grizzley knowledge today. You will surely become a fan, if you aren’t already.
From The D To The A (feat. Lil Yachty)
This collaborative track with Lil Yachty is perhaps one of Grizzley’s best releases to date. A heavy piano presence in the background plays off of the pounding bass, giving both Grizzley and Yachty something to really spit to. The duo trade verses with Grizzley bringing the viciousness while Yachty brings his usual brand of bravado and claptrap elevated to eleven.
He came with you, so if he steal it fall on you, we on your ass
Have your mans call his mans, make sure they ain’t movin’ fast
Have you ever heard Grizzley harmonizing? Chances are, you haven’t checked this out. Grizzley switches it up here, bringing something new and showing his blossoming versatility. He lets you know the truth: if you’re real, you don’t have to say it. And that’s the truth, too many artists nowadays proudly proclaim their authenticity every other line. Grizzley prefers to sit back, play it cool, and let his resume speak for itself. That’s the right way to go.
Fuck Curry I’ma rock with the Pistons
Fuck Peyton I’ma rock with the Lions
The movie Detroit, which came out earlier this year, recounts a racially charged incident involving black men and cops at the Algiers Motel in 1967. Grizzley decided to capture the raw authenticity and emotion around the incident and created a career standout track called “Teetroit.” The song is in a similar vein to “First Day Out” in speed and cadence, but that doesn’t stop it from climbing to new heights. It’s a lyrical masterpiece, heavy with fear and the confrontation of society’s injustices.
I grew up on Joy Road it’s a lotta villains
How we gon’ put them choppers down, these people tryna kill us
Cause they puttin’ up prisons, stadium for the Pistons
Only thing niggas ain’t puttin’ up is the pistols
Straight To It (feat. Band Gang)
It should be common knowledge by now that anytime Grizzley hops on a fast-paced beat, it’s murder for the production. This latest case, “Straight To It,” is no exception. Grizzley hops on the track and kills it, easily, as expected. It features guest verses from Band Gang members Paid Will and Masoe who each hold their own with Grizzley, as hard as that may be. This track may have been from 2016, but it shows just how high the bar that Grizzley set himself was before the release of “First Day Out.”
Jump out the whip get his mans, rip them niggas flesh
Free the real, keep the rest, choppa eat the vest
Lists: 4 Virginia Artists You Should Get Familiar With
Virginia’s a state that sits on the East Coast of the United States but draws inspiration from the best of the country’s current Hip Hop trends. D.R.A.M.’s the latest artist to break out of the state, but there’s a ton of talent that sits ready to unveil itself in due time. The influence of Virginia legends Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Clipse is evident in the outlandish nature of many of its artists’ styles and has drawn a spotlight to the state as of late. Guessing who’s going to blow up next is anyone’s guess.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest artists in the state. Whether they’re actually good or not is up to your discretion – they’ve captured the interests of people at a national level, so go figure. But if you’re not up to date on what’s happening in the Commonwealth State, take a gander at who’s who below.
Back in 2013 when Crazy released “Get Dumb,” it quickly went viral because of its guttural look into life in Norfolk. Since then, Crazy has consistently released the type of music that his growing base of fans want to hear. He’s worked with legendary producer Timbaland as well as opened up for Young Thug at NSU, promoted to main act when Thugger never showed up. He also recently connected with 40 VAN for a performance in Texas.
He’s poised for a quick takeoff sooner than later. It’s important to know that his success didn’t happen overnight – he’s been about this for a while now. Take a listen to some of his music and become a fan.
Standouts: “Lessons” and “Painter Clique”
When you think of atmospheric trap music in Virginia, Treez should be the first name you think of. He’s been on the scene for years, acting as a mysterious force that drops acclaimed projects that seem to come out of nowhere. He recently connected with the A$AP Mob and has become a member of A$AP Rocky’s AWGE collective. The future is bright for young Treez.
Standouts: “Watch” and “Not At All”
There aren’t many rappers nowadays that play live instruments on stage. A defining part of Masego’s persona is that he’s a master saxophone player – and it’s not an act. The release of his breakout hit “Girls That Dance” made him an overnight celebrity, serving as a culmination of years of hard work in the college circuit. Now, he amongst relocating to Los Angeles to perfect his sound, he’s been spotted with DJ Jazzy Jeff and J Cole.
Standouts: “Navajo” and “Send Yo Rita”
Have you ever heard of “Galaxy Trap?” It’s a genre that Levi Carter has created and perfected. His artistry has gotten him a deal with Roc Nation and he continues to release music, albeit slowly. He’s a breath of fresh air in the rap scene, with hard-hitting bars that pave the way for some serious growth potential. We can’t wait to see where he goes.
Standouts: “You Not Gang” and “Dear Mama”
Best of Instagram: Katt Leya
Katt Leya’s pretty mysterious for a rising model. Although you can easily come across pictures of her and videos of her dancing on the internet, finding out who exactly she is is a little harder. Here’s what we do know: she’s beautiful, voluptuous, and she likes anime. She also keeps it real on her Twitter account.
She’s also watches anime so if you’re into Dragonball Z, Hunter x Hunter, or One Punch Man, you may have a shot.
There’s one oddity about her: she eats fries with mayonnaise. So maybe she’s more off kilter than she lets on.
Regardless of her questionable food tastes, she’s someone that we can’t wait to see rise in the modeling and entertainment world. Her Instagram account features more of her pictures, giving more insight into who she is as a person. We decided to peruse through the account and gather some of the best posts four our latest Best of Instagram list.
What looks better – her or that slice of cake?
The cup looks like it’s empty.
Yellow is definitely her color.
Shades of Pink
Pink hair, blonde hair, hell, maybe even blue hair. It can all work.
It seems like she’s a fan of animal print pillows.
Pink and Orange
Pink and orange are her colors as well.
Katt Leya for Baywatch 2.
Throwback Thursday: 15 Detroit Classics
A lot of beautiful music has come out of Detroit in the last two decades. Artists like Eminem, DoughBoyz CashOut, StreetLords, and much more have created a sound that the world has run with, on multiple occasions. Here, is where the essence of musical creativity and freedom resides. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up some classics, from the new school and the old, that have come from the city so that you can be a judge for yourself.
Blade IceWood – Ride On Me
Rock Bottom – No
Trick Trick featuring Eminem – Welcome 2 Detroit
Eastside Chedda Boys – Oh Boy
K-Deezy – In My Hood
Blade IceWood – Boy Would You
Selfish by Slum Village featuring Kanye West and John Legend
Eastside Chedda Boyz – Chedda Boy Baby
DoughBoyz CashOut – Grind 2 Shine
Tone Tone – I Ain’t Playing wit cha
StreetLord Juan – So far gone
Team Eastside – Needy Bitch
Dusty McFly – I’m Out Here
IceWear Vezzo Feat. Team Eastside Peezy – Dancin