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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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From the Karaoke Machine To Center Stage, DC Rapper Nell Burna Is Heating Up The Rap Game With His New Single ‘Quarter Mill’

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Having opened up for well known artists such as 2Chainz and Trina, Nell Burna has been promoting good vibes through music since he stepped in the studio for the first time at twelve years old. 

The DC native’s music infuses the DC ‘go go’ style with the natural rap flow that he describes as being versatile, ranging from a trap music flow similar to artists like 2Chainz to a softer flow similar to that of Certified Loverboy, Drake. A multifaceted artist, Nell Burna writes his own music, and has tried his hands in the areas of producing and engineering. His catalog includes projects he has written specifically for the ladies such as his twerk song, ‘Lil Freak’ https://open.spotify.com/album/58JqNlVuG46LIGZAvwUEbN?si=bUtpUGZYThC9fBBDjlwAuw&dl_branch=1

Currently an independent artist, Nell Burna released his first EP entitled ‘Unleashed’ in 2015. Today, he is working on releasing singles that inspire others to believe in themselves. 

As he continues to work toward achieving his full goals, Nell Burna is focused on the hustle right now, making new music and promoting it on social media and streaming platforms. He recently collaborated with his DC neighbor, Xanman from Maryland, on a single called, ‘On the Lowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LtyqRJDd8 and hopes to link up with ASAP Ferg in the near future for a collaboration. 

Even while experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry, Nell Burner says he “could never run away from music.” He would advise rising artists to “just believe in yourself even if others don’t.”

Be on the lookout from new music and visuals from the DC artist. Nell Burna’s music is available on all streaming platforms. 

Follow him on IG @nellburna1

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Yvng Sammie EP “The Life of a Virgo” Coming Soon

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From staying up late to write song lyrics during childhood to impressing the social media scene showcasing his dance moves on “vine,” Yvng Sammie has always been destined for stardom. Overcoming the tragedy of losing both parents, the Toronto artist grew from entertaining family members with his rendition of popular dance routines in the living room to showcasing his talents for a larger audience as a rising artist. 

Yvng Sammie first hit the scene when he went viral for his rendition of the Harlem Shake which he performed to Bow Wow’s hit song ‘Bounce with me https://vine.co/v/hEV3YVQ0Fau Though he currently states that he is inspired by artists such as Young Thug, Da Baby, and Don Tolliver, his music remains true to his natural talent for dancing, giving off what the Toronto artist describes as “fun dance vibes.” 

There is no question about Yvng Sammie’s talents. He is a singer, dancer, writer, and entertainer. In addition to those named talents, the independent artist is a former drama student with formal theatre training who hopes to take his talents to the big screen one day.

Currently, Yvng Sammie is focused on promoting his new EP and is excited about upcoming collaborations with Melodic. Living out his passion for performing and entertaining, the Toronto artist wants his audience to start dancing whenever his music is being played. These dance-provoking sounds can be heard on his Youtube channel YouTube.com/c/YvngSammie.  

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Atlanta Artist DavidTheTragic Unleashes New Visual Titled “ALLERGY”

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DavidTheTragic has proven himself to be one of the most diligent and original stylists in Atlanta ever since he broke through the underground in early 2019. Since then, he has released three tapes, “Fit In,” “Bender,” and “How It Feel,” which all act as evidence for his improving and expanding abilities as an emcee. David manages to stand out in the hip-hop mecca by being a keen expressionist who uses articulate lyricism and gruff flows to paint lofty portraits of his psyche. He resides in a similar introspective lane as Kenny Mason, Ovrcast, Jelani Imani, and Mavi. His newest single + video, “ALLERGY,” is yet another testament to DavidTheTragic’s originality and masterful rapping ability. It’s clear that no one else sounds like him or flows like him right now. The video, directed by Brendan Mcgregor, matches the aesthetic of David’s recent videos for singles “Money First” and “Lori.” It shifts from scenes of intense color correction to David on a roof or in an alley shaking his dreads and talking his shit. The track is a two and a half minute frenzy of clever bars: “I was on a year long bender / These n***as my son like Simba / She like when I hit from the fender…Underground like Master Splinter…Egotistical I suppose / I just move with the highs and lows…I ain’t hatin’ on a n***a that look like me / Please hit me with zeros I ain’t doin’ no shit for clout or IG.” It sounds as if David hopped in the booth then splatter painted the beat with everything that was on his mind at the time. 

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