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2017 Recap: Tee Grizzley’s Top Five Tracks

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This year was the coming out party for Tee Grizzley and his hardcore rap delivery. His single “First Day Out” became an international phenomenon, earning him the attention of millions of fans across the globe. He didn’t stop at his first taste of success; he kept pushing, releasing a steady stream of music for fans, carefully making sure not to oversaturate his growing pool of art. As 2017 closes, we look back at some of his best releases that truly show his ability to craft quality music.

Win

A quality piano riff can make for an incessant earworm of a song, one that causes tracks to play endlessly in the head for days at a time. This is the case with “Win” with the piano serving as a backdrop for Tee Grizzley to unleash a verbal assault like he usually does. Grizzley’s vocals help to offset some of the repetitions in the beat but they also compensate for it as well. He spits a dizzying assortment of bars spun in all directions, detailing his life and situations that make listeners nod their heads in agreement.

Teetroit

Anyone who’s been to Detroit and has gotten a taste of its street life knows of the horrors that many people have faced within. Grizzley chronicles these terrors, and the city’s bloody history, in “Teetroit.” The solemn single is dark, mysterious, and downright brutal. Its feature on the soundtrack for the film Detroit, which tells the story of the Algiers motel incident during the 12th street riot of 1967, indicates the power of music to intertwine with real events.

Secrets

It’s rare that we’re exposed to Grizzley’s more melodic side. On “Secrets” from his debut project My Moment, Grizzley croons about the skeletons in everyone’s closets; how do we keep them? This question manifests itself through a helping of verses where Grizzley tells about the secrets he’s holding and just how hard it is to live with that burden. The silky-smooth production sits back and lets Grizzley paint masterpieces with his words as the tools to do so.

Beef (ft. Meek Mill)

Meek Mill’s energetic appearance on tracks only elevates the power of the main artist(s). Tee Grizzley wisely enlisted the Philly-native to boost his own lyrical prowess on a cut that details what beef is and what happens to those unfortunate enough to partake in it with the two emcees. It’s a brisk cut that’s risky but ultimately works out fine. Both give standout performances that show they aren’t the people that you’d want to mess with.

From The D. To The A. (ft. Lil Yachty)

 

Being able to connect with a rap superstar, whilst you’re still coming up, and showing out over the same record can be a daunting task. In this case, Grizzley’s light years ahead of Yachty in terms of sheer rapping capability. How could he tame his self not to slaughter Yachty on the same track? Grizzley manages to succeed and pulls off the ultimate balancing act; not too excessively lyrical, but not streamlined enough to be considered mediocre. The track works to perfection as both artists play off of each other effectively, creating one of the best overall releases of 2017.

 

 

 

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Meet Princeofthegram: LA’s Most Sought After Nightlife Photographer

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Princeofthegram is currently working as Trey Songz’s private photographer and recently started an Only Fans management company with Trey Songz.

Princeofthegram is an East Coast native from Brockton, Massachusetts, currently living in Los Angeles. He got his start in the nightlife industry as a club promoter in 2018 and would take his camera with him at night as a “hobby,” and the rest was history. He started taking his craft seriously and fully started pursuing his vocation, visual arts. 

He started gaining the attention of the Los Angeles nightlife circuit as he began networking and owning his style. He booked his first paid job at Playhouse the following year. Then Penthouse Club, and after that, the business just kept coming in. As time went on, Princeofthegram became the most sought nightlife photographer in Los Angeles. Princeofthegram would then shoot for some of the most iconic venues such as Penthouse Day club, Le Jardin, 1 Oak, Argyle, Playhouse, Bootsey Bellows, Crazy Girls, Ace of Diamonds, and several more clubs. 

Currently, Princeofthegram has been working on expanding his portfolio and clientele. Most recently, he’s been shooting with Trey Songz as Trey’s photographer. Additionally, he and Trey Songz run an Only Fans management company called, Angels and Angles. Princeofthegram has said that “working one on one with him is like a childhood dream come true for [him].” 

He also said he has plans to work with “model clients by growing their brands through content creation.” In the future, Princeofthegram wants to focus on “creating publication photos for Vogue, Maxim, Playboy or magazines of this caliber.” 

With the rate Princeofthegram has been rising, it is only a matter of time before his name plastered all over the most prominent companies, artists, and influencers. 

His most notable work includes shooting Pop Smoke in the studio before his untimely passing, assisting in directing Yung Bleu’s music video “2 AM in Houston,” and working with a plethora of entertainers like King Combs, Tory Lanez, and Dom Kennedy

Be sure to stay on the lookout for who Princeofthegram is working with next! It could be your favorite artist. His Social Media accounts are Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, all the same handle, @princeofthegram, with Instagram being his most used. 

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@DopeitsDom & @nylasymoneee Sit Down For Insightful New Interview

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Nyla Symone x Dom

Dom Kennedy will always be regarded as one of the most impactful artists of the blog era. This week he caught up with NY-based media personality/DJ Nyla Symone. They chopped it up in a comfortable setting about his upcoming album, his relationship with Hit-Boy, and much more. The genuine conversation was extremely positive and is a treat for any fan of the Yellow Album MC. The interview clocks in at just under half an hour and is full of gems. After having multiple hilarious and genuine moments, it was made clear that Dom is ready to drop again soon.

Dom Kennedy Is As Solid As They Come

OPM will always be Dom Kennedy’s main focus. Nyla Symone’s questions put Dom in a comfortable space. While speaking about his classic project Yellow Album, he voiced how tough it is to get it cleared for the DSPs. Kennedy said, “Most people do not understand that might be one of the most expensive projects of all time.” Furthermore, having multiple A-list features, samples, and beats makes it hard to clear. His appreciation for the art is clear throughout the whole sit-down. Coming up with people like Nipsey Hussle, Jay 305, and more has proven to be a reason he is so solid. Music will forever be a passion for the California-born rapper. His business acumen is so strong that many of his fans follow his lead. His work has inspired industry stars like Meg Thee Stallion with his calm flows.

Towards the end of the conversation, Nyla was able to field some fun fan questions. Her bubbly energy was infectious and set the scene for a lighthearted hot seat session. After killing stages with Coi Leray on the road, Nyla remains consistent with her interview series. The young media mogul is looking to flood her fans with content all year. Check out here an exclusive interview with the South Central legend Dom Kennedy below!

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Netflix 2021 Summer Movie Preview

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Get your popcorn ready, new movies are coming to Netflix every week this summer!

HERE you’ll find a full overview for the summer slate with additional details.

The exclusive sneak peek features Netflix films being released from now through August and the trailer features the song “Who Do You Love?” by Terrell Hines, which is available to listen in full HERE.

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