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Four Things On Our Wishlist For @Tee_Grizzley ‘s New Album ‘Activated’

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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.

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Drake Should Have Kept City Girls’ Verses On “In My Feelings”

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Drake’s “In My Feelings” has become a viral hit thanks to internet comedian Shiggy’s challenge. It’s also a good song with enough switchups to keep it interesting. One of the more interesting switchups comes in the second verse when City Girls, Quality Control’s star signees, come in for snippet’s of suave verses that are equally energetic and laid back. But we only get glimpses at their verses, the rest were locked away. Now, we’ve gotten them again since they’ve released the extended version of their verses.

This reminds me of the time when Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music” came out and glimpses of a powerful Drake feature were apparent in the tail ends of the choruses (sung by Chrisette Michelle). Drake confirmed that he’d recorded a verse for the song that was ultimately cut with “Paris Morton Music,” a standalone release that proved him to be one of the game’s hottest up-and-comers.

With City Girls’ release echoing this earlier sentiment, I’m surprised that Drake did in fact not include their verses. They fit the vibrant energy of the song, so building around them would have been instrumental to capitalize on their fanbase as well as showcase their artistry. It would give them a chance that he was robbed of earlier in his career.

Regardless, check out the City Girls version of “In My Feelings” below.

 

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Lakeith Stanfield Needs To Stay Far The Fuck Away From Rapping

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Lakeith Stanfield plays Darius on the FX’s hit show Atlanta that has been renewed for a third season. He’s the weird, idiosyncratic best friend of rapper Paper Boy who always knows more than what he lets on. Viewers fell in love with his demeanor that, according to Stanfield, isn’t that much different from him in real life. In fact, all of us blacks have traces of Stanfield’s Darius inside of us. Society may paint us as one-note stock characters, but, yes, like Darius, we talk about quantum physics and the possibility of simulation universes just as much as we can about smoking marijuana or having sex.

He may be winning over audiences and critiques as an actor, but he also wants to do the same thing as a rapper. When Stanfield was interviewed by The Breakfast Club in November of 2016, he revealed to the trio of Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee, that he was also a serious rapper. Charlamagne challenged him to rap, and what spit from his lips was some of the most garbage, try-hard lyricism that has been released in the last five-to-ten years. Charlamagne wasn’t impressed; the rest of the room remained equally silent. Instead of taking a hint, he’s kept at it. He recently released a song called “Mango” with Tune-Yards from his recent film Sorry To Bother You. Stanfield’s vocals are horrendous bordering on simulation-like.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with what he’s saying, it’s how he’s saying it. Stanfield’s vocals feel flat, like he’s just doing this to get it off of his chest. Of course, we know that his demeanor is normally like that, but in rap that won’t work out as well as it does in the acting and interviewing world.

Maybe time will tell. If that’s how he truly conducts his artistry, he’ll have a hard time becoming and remaining relevant in the rap game.

 

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Please, Don’t Take Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie Dreamz” Serious

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Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album Queen released with a hilarious flip of Biggie’s “Just Playing (Dreams)” from his final studio album Ready to Die. Lil Kim also created a steamy version that centers around men as sexual toys, but, for some reason, Nicki’s has ruffled a few feathers. On “Barbie Dreamz,” Nicki uses modern rap males as her playthings through a series of verses that are clearly meant as jokes. Don’t take it serious.

On the song, she names 31 different people – from Quavo and Karrueche, to Lil Uzi Vert and Drake. Many have apparently “had sex” with her – Meek Mill and DJ Khaled have failed recently supposedtly – but, as stated above, it’s jokes, nothing more. She even tweeted as such after the uproar hit critical level.

Nicki has long been adamant that she’s never been one to sleep with a number of industry men. She’s went on record, and in interviews, to reiterate the fact. There’s also the fact that male rappers have built entire careers out of trolling. Can we let Nicki have her fun?

Let’s just enjoy the music and dissect it later.

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