Tee Grizzley’s new album Activated will explore the grittiness of his upbringing. And we know that Grizzley’s at his best when reflecting; his ability to vividly explain past transgressions in haunting detail has made him one of hip-hop’s hottest commodities. For good measure too – he’s bar for bar one of the best rappers in the game at the moment. There’s no doubt that Activated will be one of the year’s best albums based off of the skill that was showcased on last year’s My Moment but we’ve compiled a few things that we wish for the album to include. It’s nothing too over the top, so Tee Grizzley, if you’re reading this, make sure that these things happen. We have yours, and the listeners, best interests at heart.
More collaborations with Helluva
Through Helluva he rose, through Helluva he will continue to prosper. Grizzley’s “First Day Out” was largely a hit for its rapid, and raw, delivery of bars that he emitted from start to finish; it was also legendary for the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde beat transition that took place halfway through, courtesy of Detroit legend Helluva. Since then, it’s been shown time and time again that his productions and Grizzley’s voice go together like cheese and wine. The latest example comes from his new release “Colors” which serves as the first song from Activated. We hope that this isn’t the only instance because, boy, does the production slap. Imagine if Helluva does get more placements on the album, think about the quality music that will be produced. It’s essential to include more Helluva than less on this album; replicate the success that you’ve seen since the inception of your career.
Bring on some Detroit artists, both established and rising
In order for the city to truly prosper, everyone must pull their weight. This means that everyone needs to elevate each other so that they can reach the next level. It’s already being seen at the ground-level where artists freely work together and lift each other up whenever possible. For the city to truly get the exposure that it deserves, it’s going to take some top-level work for that to happen. In short, Grizzley needs to extend a hand and pull some people up on this album. Get some features from other A-listers like AllStar JR, Sada Baby, and Young Roc, but also go for people on the rise as well. This could be in the form of multiple posse tracks, as a suggestion.
More collaborations with Lil Durk to capitalize on excellent chemistry
The reception from Bloodaz showed that Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk make magic when they’re together. Replicating this wondrous union for Activated would be great for Detroit and Chicago and would help to see more artists collaborate with each other from both cities. It also would be great to see how they explore and further their sound away from the formula set on Bloodaz.
From The D To The Bay Area
“From The D To The A” was a great, Detroit-heavy collaboration between Grizzley and Lil Yachty. It brought together two cities of influence (the other being Atlanta) in hip-hop and cranked up their importance to the next level. The song itself was also catchy; the video being further confirmation of the brotherhood that makes rap music so endearing. Remaking this brotherhood with an artist from the Bay Area would be epic, but this time, instead of a beat that’s distinctly Detroit, it could be through something with the Bay Area bounce. That would be a challenge for Grizzley’s rap style that we would love to see manifested into reality. Our pick for the artist? Mozzy.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: