15 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blue-collar isn’t the first term most would use to describe a rapper whose 2016 debut single, “First Day Out,” includes a story about visiting a Rolex store—to rob it, to be clear. But Tee Grizzley is a true workhorse in the image of his Motor City roots. In an age of increasingly blurred lines between rap and R&B, the Detroit MC is determined to let complex, verbose bar-spitting get him where he needs to be, rather than leaning on melody and vibe. Still My Moment builds on the groundwork Grizzley laid with 2018’s Activated and the original My Moment from 2017. On the new album, the rapper diversifies his collaborative guild, tapping Chance the Rapper, Lil Pump, and rising Florida rapper YNW Melly to buttress intricate tales of Detroit street life. There’s plenty of message to be had here as well, with Grizzley using songs such as “Wake Up” and “Babies to Men” to assure people who look up to him that they, too, can have what he has—if they’re willing to work hard enough.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blue-collar isn’t the first term most would use to describe a rapper whose 2016 debut single, “First Day Out,” includes a story about visiting a Rolex store—to rob it, to be clear. But Tee Grizzley is a true workhorse in the image of his Motor City roots. In an age of increasingly blurred lines between rap and R&B, the Detroit MC is determined to let complex, verbose bar-spitting get him where he needs to be, rather than leaning on melody and vibe. Still My Moment builds on the groundwork Grizzley laid with 2018’s Activated and the original My Moment from 2017. On the new album, the rapper diversifies his collaborative guild, tapping Chance the Rapper, Lil Pump, and rising Florida rapper YNW Melly to buttress intricate tales of Detroit street life. There’s plenty of message to be had here as well, with Grizzley using songs such as “Wake Up” and “Babies to Men” to assure people who look up to him that they, too, can have what he has—if they’re willing to work hard enough.

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About Tee Grizzley

Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley scored a viral hit with his debut single, "First Day Out," which appeared on YouTube in late 2016. Originally part of the Allstars BallHard crew and known as ASBH Tee, he served a jail sentence of nearly three years for charges of armed robbery. After being released, he recorded the harrowing, slow-burning "First Day Out" with producer Helluva. The song was a regional hit and racked up millions of views and streams. Its success led to Grizzley signing a deal with 300 Entertainment, supported by major-label Atlantic. A handful of singles were released during the first few months of 2017, including "From the D to the A," featuring Lil Yachty. The commercial mixtape My Moment arrived that April and debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 44, despite no guest appearances to boost its profile. Following a few more singles, Grizzley and Chicago rapper Lil Durk released the collaborative mixtape Bloodas in December 2017. ~ Paul Simpson

HOMETOWN
Detroit, MI
BORN
March 23, 1994

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