Tee Grizzley’s moment has been going on strong for months now, and it looks as if there’s no sign of it slowing down. He released My Moment back in April to critical acclaim, following shortly after with the heavy-hitting “Teetroit” single for the Detroit movie that premiered this summer. He released “Beef” recently with Meek Mill, bringing the conversation about his sound to a boiling point. He’s been bearing his all lately on wax and he doesn’t need to. But as time has shown again and again, rappers who really love the craft continue to release music even when time doesn’t call for it.
Here is where Grizzley’s new release, “Win,” falls into place. He didn’t need to release it, but it’s as if he sensed a well-needed switch up in his musical repertoire. It’s here that Grizzley switches the formula again, but at the same time, keeps it similar enough to define his aesthetic. This piano-infused, bass-heavy lyric trip features Grizzley offering his signature style of inspiration, dedication, and reaffirmation of power to listeners. It’s a heart-warming track that seems a little off kilter from what you’d expect from a Tee Grizzley record.
Much of what makes the track work comes from legendary producer Helluva’s beat contribution. There’s a beautiful piano playing in the background, juxtaposed with the quickfire beat that makes for a startling, yet smooth combination. Over it, Grizzley just goes in repeatedly, not stopping. It’s sure to become a fan favorite, even more so than “First Day Out” which while similar, lacks the heart and drive shown on “Win.”
The test of time will show whether “Win” becomes Grizzley’s biggest record to date. The nicely put together beat and rap cadence delivered by Grizzley will be sure to win new fans and convince prior ones of his capabilities.
Bay Area Review: Lil B’s “Young Niggaz”
Lil B’s odd journey from parody figure to Hip Hop influencer hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most versatile artists in the industry. To be frank, everyone loves him. If you love traditional rap, chances are you find Lil B funny enough to justify checking out his music on occasion. If you love listening to experimental rap, you love Lil B for his constant forays into odd musical territories. The point is, there’s something for everyone when checking out his extensive catalog. With this in mind, it makes it hard to recommend listening to one his latest releases, “Young N*ggaz.”
To be fair, we did just say that he always experiments. But to be honest, he took a long time off from rapping relevancy, only to reappear recently for the release of his Black Ken mixtape. Maybe he retooled his approach recently to focus on a more traditional demographic. Maybe he wanted to go after a classic Bay Area hyphy sound. Whatever the case, “Young N*ggaz” suffers from it.
It’s not necessarily the overly hyphy production or the subpar mixing of the beat and vocals that make it a mess, more so the quality of the verse from Lil B combined with, well, everything else. It sounds like a joke, and that’s even low by Lil B’s standards. The track relies on the nostalgia produced by the hyphy sound to carry the listener to the end. The problem with that is that the production is yawn-inducing so the nostalgia lasts for all of ten seconds before you realize that the track is pretty bad.
The only saving grace in the song is a verse from fellow Californian YG who brings a phoned-in but quality verse. But then again, every YG verse is fire. Could this be on the lower end? Does YG sound bored here? These type of questions pop up as the song goes along. Imagine listening to it multiple times for a review. Yeah, it’s that bad.
Hopefully, Lil B can recapture the creative spark that he had for years when he ran the backend of the rap game with his original sound and message. As a Lil B fan, I can only return to some of his best work and reminisce on the golden days. If “Young Niggaz” is an indicator of the direction that he will push his sound, it looks like his best days are behind him.
Bay Area Spotlight: “Wring” by Lil Trev
The Bay Area has churned out some of Hip Hop’s most influential rappers to date such as Tupac Shakur and E-40. There’s a wealth of untapped potential there in an area that mainstream America often adopts its sounds from and cast it back into the shadows. Every day, new artists search for that spotlight that Hip Hop’s greatest have inhibited in hopes of garnering fame and furthering their sound. It looks like Lil Trev, from East Sacramento, may be one of the next to break out of the area, possibly jumping into Hip Hop’s elite. With his release of the “Wring” it’ll be hard for anyone to deny his talent.
The visual for the song came out in August of this year and has been boiling slowly ever since, sitting at almost 57,000 views. Listen to the song and you’ll see why it’s growing at such a rapid pace. Trev’s a furious fucking spitter, to be frank. He’s frantic, sounds as if he’s avoiding taking breaths, and you can practically hear the spit falling from his mouth as he goes in over production that evokes the nostalgic sounds of the hyphy movement. The video is cool and all, but the song is fucking crazy.
There’s viral potential for Lil Trev similar to Tay K or YBN Nahmir. Let 4Sho Magazine be the first to say it: America’s going to see a lot more of Lil Trev very soon. It’s only a matter of time before he begins to put on for the Bay Area how Hip Hop’s elite have done in past years.
Check out the video for “Wring” below. You can follow him on twitter at @LilTrev_Wrg
Tee Grizzley and Lil Durk’s new project will shut the internet down
Detroit’s own Tee Grizzley made headlines when he announced on Oct. 11 that he and Chicago-rapper Lil Durk have a joint project in the works to be released soon. There’s no timetable as to when it will be announced so we will have to stay vigilant to see if it will be a surprise release as we expect.
To say that the internet is anticipating the project is an understatement. Both Durk and Grizzley are premier artists who release some of the best music to come out of the Midwest, period. Durk’s Signed To The Streets installments further the Chicago drill sound by introducing Autotune in such a way that isn’t overbearing enough to be considered bothersome. Grizzley’s My Moment cemented him as one of the best rappers bar-for-bar in the game currently. Bringing both of these guys together for the entirety of a mixtape will produce some serious fire.
What do you think it’ll sound like?
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