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Review: People’s Champ by Team Eastside Peezy

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The commanding production of “Keep Winning” sets the tone for the rest of Peezy’s latest project People’s Champ. He’s in charge. You just live here. And it creates an impossibly high standard to follow after the strong intro goes off. Will the rest of the mixtape be this vivacious? Will we grow tired of the power he invests in the machismo of his rap delivery?

Peezy straddles a fine line here – he raps as if he’s backed into a corner, trying desperately to convince rap fans that he’s a worthy presence in the Detroit music scene. He also stands tall, confident in his ability and acts as if he’s letting you know to back it up some. He’s both ready to prove himself and eager to let you know that he’s fine. This struggle pops up over the course of these 17 tracks as he paints a vivid picture of his current lifestyle and surroundings. He’s happy, he’s angry, and he’s determined.

He paints pictures masterfully with a voice that sounds at home in one of the Howling envelopes from the Harry Potter franchise. On “Hard To Tell,” where the production is a departure from the heavy and distorted bass frequent on most of the other tracks on the project, Peezy flows masterfully on top of the quietly evolving and ever changing beat in the background. At a little over 3 and a half minutes, it’s a sure standout that could profit from being longer.

Perhaps “dangerous” could be the term to describe the aesthetic created by Peezy over the course of the project – musical, but something to watch out for. “I might fuck your bitch raw like I don’t know better,” he says with reckless abandon.

Another standout is “Wins and Losses” with Young Buck and LOM Rambo. Buck gives a scene stealing verse here, rapping “when the spot got hot we got another house/feds hopped on it so we took another route” showing he still has the ability to craft vivid imagery.

By the end of the project, it’s clear that Peezy’s struggle is something that defines his career and has contributed to a solid album. Without any glaring missteps, this project will be sure to elevate Peezy’s status into a new circle

Score: 8 out of 10

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Review: Young Roc’s “Dreams” Is Unusual, Refreshing, And Daring

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In Detroit, raw lyricism and flow are the main points of interest in the rap scene. Without either, you’re often either overlooked or chastised. But Young Roc has made a case for choosing to circumvent these rap mainstays and focus on aesthetically daring music that channels lyricism and flow through unconventional means. He traverses through songs on the backs of eclectic melodies and daring production. It’s an amazing feat that has made him someone on our “Must Watch” list. His single “Dreams” only confirms his place as one of the most creative rappers in the city.

The track’s borderline pop production is a daring choice for Roc. Knowing that due to his past music that he’ll be categorized with the more lyric-heavy artists in the city, Roc still chooses to go for the outlandish. It works in its own exciting way. Roc’s vocals on the track match the wackiness of the production, blending pop aesthetics with gritty Detroit angst. It’s a beautiful track that shows just how creative Roc can get.

Listen to “Dreams” below.

 

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Review: @SOBxRBE ‘s “Paramedic!” Is Brilliant, One Of Black Panther Soundtrack’s Best

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When Black Panther comes out, people will cause a riot in theaters; partly because the movie has received stellar reviews, but mostly because the soundtrack for the film is of the highest quality. This isn’t an assortment of randomly selected hot songs in pop culture – it’s a carefully curated project by Kendrick Lamar. One of the best songs from the soundtrack comes from the Bay Area’s SOB X RBE collective, the enchanting “Paramedic!”

Kendrick Lamar offers a brief introduction before the tribal beat cuts on, placing listeners in an almost trance-like state. We heard Kilmonger’s name used at the beginning, so it’s reasonable to assume that the song could be related to the movie’s villain. If it is, it makes even more sense – the song has a darkly erotic vibe to it. The chant of “I wish a nigga would,” is long and drawn out, adding to the uniqueness of the track. It’s an enchanting listen that will send the crowd into a frenzy when it comes on during the film.

Listen to the engrossing listen below.

 

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Review: @Tee_Grizzley Channels Detroit’s Signature Sound In “Colors”

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There’s a certain, unconscious sound that makes up the back-end of Detroit’s rap scene. It can be characterized as a bouncy, anti-trap smorgasbord of drums and hi-hats; you won’t find it anywhere else in the country. While difficult to put into words and explain, it’s what has become Detroit’s calling card. The unique sound makes each release from the city easily identifiable and wholly unique, showcasing the city’s individuality in a genre full of copycats and like-sounded individuals.

On Tee Grizzley’s new release “Colors,” this sound is immediately apparent amidst the repeating piano keys that give Detroit’s signature some added vibrancy. Whether he’s riding through Atlanta with Lil Yachty or traveling to California in search of good dope, Grizzley dances upon the track’s light production with ease. It’s a relatively straightforward release – nothing too out of the ordinary in Grizzley’s growing impressive discography – that serves as the first release from his upcoming album Activated.

Where he goes from My Moment remains to be seen. On that project, Grizzley’s initial reach for mainstream prominence caused him to look for a wide discrepancy of beats, checking off the list of probable hits by notable producers. “Colors” is reminiscent of this same sound that was explored on “From The D To The A”; the song may signal a focus towards celebrating the sound that Detroit is known for. If so, it will be an exciting project that will be sure to open the world up to the city’s intricacies.

Listen to “Colors” below.

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