When you hear the name Icewear Vezzo, chances are it rings a bell but you can’t quite figure out exactly where you heard it from. Out of sheer curiosity, you plug it into Google and see a couple of songs pop up and dismiss the name as just another rapper. Instead of clicking away, check out the first song that comes up, “Angel Wings,” if not for anything else, for the Gucci verse at the tail end of the track. You’ve just been exposed to Icewear Vezzo, one of Detroit’s hottest artists and rising faces in the city’s lucrative music scene.
It may seem like Vezzo’s come out of nowhere to claim the surprise spot amongst Detroit’s top rappers, but he’s been putting in work for years. He’s beginning to see the fruits of his labor, working with bigger artists and producers to break into the mainstream. There’s one problem – he’s currently locked up. Once he’s done sitting, he’ll come back strong and we can’t wait to see what he does. Here’s why he will remain the man while he’s locked and someone won’t take his place.
A Unique Sound
Most of Detroit’s rap scene specializes in dealing out a generous helping of punchlines to satiate traditional hip hop fans’ ears. Vezzo brings versatility, specializing in that as well as harmonizing to maximize his full creative palette. It works – and makes him a polarizing figure; if you like the new generation atmospheric Soundcloud type of sound, it’s immediately identifiable, but, if you have a traditional rap fixation you may think he’s the worst person alive. Either way, the conversation still goes on. That’s what artists need to keep going.
With all of this talk about cities cultivating sounds, a lot of rappers go for a sound that they believe their city created to win local fans. Vezzo’s did his work in Detroit’s beat trenches, but he’s expanded into a lot of other sounds, mainly the Atlanta style of trap that has been all of the rage for the past couple of years. He’s worked with TM88 and Zaytoven recently which has contributed to the growth of his addicting sound. He’s shown that he’s not scared to expand. That’ll lead to him winning, easily.
Finally Breaking Out
Vezzo’s not just some local face – everywhere from Mass Appeal to HotNewHipHop has taken notice of him and his brand. He’s worked with some of the hottest artists in the game and he’s just getting started. Sitting down for 20 months won’t stop his brand from growing. If anything, it’ll make it intensify. Look at what happened with both Lil Boosie and Max B’s fanbases while they were (are, in Max B’s case) in jail.
His Restaurant, Chicken Talk
Vezzo had a chicken restaurant before it was cool (We’re looking at you, Rick Ross). It’s called Chicken Talk and is located in Detroit. It’s a great way to connect with people and express his love for chicken, as he made clear in his interview with Mass Appeal. With local fans eating food from his restaurants, how can he not win? Imagine if it gets picked up at a national level.
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