Tee Grizzley – Still My Moment

This young Detroit spitter can’t stop nor won’t stop consistently dropping heat. This project will be Tee Grizzley’s second this year and third in the past 365 days. It acts as the sequel of his debut mixtape, My Moment which was released in 2017 less than a year after he was released from prison off the momentum of his aptly titled instant classic first-ever single “First Day Out.” As far as his career goes it’s been all systems go since the moment he let us know that it was “his moment,” however, he’s somehow escaped a lot of the mainstream hype. He was inexplicably left off of the XXL Freshman Cover in 2017; not only was he red hot at the time of the magazine release, but Grizzley also would’ve been one of the top 3 rappers skill-wise on the cover. Isn’t it a shame when so-called cultural outlets don’t cover the culture properly? I digress.  Tee Grizzley clearly hasn’t been affected by the mainstream attention he’s been missing. He just continues to feed his fans and drop fire street music. If these statistics continue, this project should be no different. However, we must give it a chance, so I’m going to tell you what’s really REALLY good with this project.

Scouting Report

  • Street-based rapper from Detroit, as gutter as it gets when it comes to his content, gives motivation for the streets as well
  • Has an aggressive spoken word delivery most of the time which fits his subject matter, but has an unexpectedly good singing voice and hook-making ability as well
  • Willing collaborator; has no qualms working with artists that make different types of music than him
  • Best Songs released before Still My Moment:First Day Out,” “No Effort,” “Beef (feat. Meek Mill),” “2 Vaults (feat. Lil Yachty),” “Robbin
  • Best Project released before Still My Moment: My Moment

Track-by-Track

If need be, reference this for a guide as to how I score songs and albums. 

  1. Still My Moment: Hard hitting instrumental by very frequent collaborator Helluva Beats. No hook, just straight bars for the entirety. Tee Grizzley right in his bag from the jump. 4/5
  2. Hooters: More of an upbeat instrumental by Tay Keith. Bars include mostly cliche and traditional rap flexes. Hook and Hooters reference refers to guys acting like hoes, funny touch. 3.5/5 1 Night (feat. Quavo): Slower paced and spacey instrumental that fits Quavo’s trademark reverb. Quavo himself has a very ordinary verse, but great adlibs, Grizzley gets a bit deeper on his verse with personal things. The hook isn’t memorable, should’ve used Quavo. 3.5/5
  3. Wake Up (feat. Chance the Rapper): Upbeat instrumental with a church organ ringing throughout, fits Chance. Great verse from Grizzley, straight motivation. Chance also does his thing and flexes on being a positive influence for the youth. Catchy hook, Grizzley shows off his singing voice in spurts. 4.5/5
  4. We Dreamin: Simple and piano-ridden instrumental. A very positive song where Grizzley exclaims plenty of instances of how his life has changed drastically since he started rapping, motivating. 4/5
  5. Mr. Grizzley: Dark and ominous synth but upbeat at the same time. More of a typical flexing rap song from Grizzley here, nothing special. 3/5
  6. Pray for the Drip (feat. Offset): Dark and ominous beat again from Helluva Beats. Song came out before the album, it has grown on me. Meek interpolation by Grizzley on the hook, both Offset and Grizzley talk about their past trials and tribulations on the way to getting the jewels they’ve coveted. 4/5
  7. Straight Up: Very hectic instrumental with very funky sounds, best on the project. Grizzley matches the intensity with excellent delivery and a great flow, the only thing not great is the hook, too repetitive. 4/5
  8. Bitches on Bitches (feat. Lil Pump): More of a fun and bouncy vibe here, fits Lil Pump well. Grizzley has a catchy flow on his verse, but that’s the only thing that’s really worth listening to here.2.5/5 Hustlin (feat. Bryan Hamilton): Emotional and heavy piano heavy instrumental. Tee Grizzley and Bryan Hamilton both spill their heart onto this beat, excellent vocals from Hamilton in particular, the best feature on the entire project. 4.5/5
  9. Lost and Found (feat. YNW Melly): Simple instrumental, mostly drums and bass with a Melly vocal sample. Grizzley and Melly trade verses throughout, Melly taking his usual melodic approach, Grizzley taking the spoken word, pairs nicely. 3.5/5
  10. I Want Em All: Beat has a haunting vocal sample that runs the whole way through, one of the best on the project from Helluva Beats. Subject matter refers to all of the girls Tee Grizzley is fucking at the same time, has a nice flow, the hook is very catchy. 4/5
  11. Get Right: Beat starts off with a beautiful piano melody, bass overpowers it but runs throughout. Grizzley tells a street story and speaks on his anxiety regarding serving fed time and the street life catching up with him, drops gems about how to survive in the streets of Detroit. 4/5 Keep the Rest: Dark and manic instrumental after a slow start. The second song on the project where there is no hook and Grizzley spits hard bars all the way through. 2 for 2 there. 4/5
  12. Babies to Men: Helluva Beats gives us a piano and funky bass on another great beat. The third song of straight bars, second in a row but I ain’t mad at it. Drops some gems about his upbringing and vivid storytelling. 4/5

Final Thoughts

Tee Grizzley feeds the fans exactly what they want. They get everything they’ve come to expect from him regarding his skill set. He definitely brings the content, the bars, the sound, and even the off-kilter collaborations that he gets right in most cases. The collection of songs have high highs and also below average lows, but not by Tee Grizzley himself; the lows are achieved by the underperformance by some of his guests. I like that he used his singing voice and made the right hook on a couple of tracks, but I wish he could have used it more and to more significant effect. I would’ve liked to hear more of a softer sounding record or two; he has the skill set to do it, he just needs to step out of his creative comfort zone a bit more. He does show the duality of the streets and his lifestyle, he flexes with all his might but also has the knowledge and wherewithal to paint a picture of the downsides of the street life as well. Going forward I’d like to see Grizzley take slightly more risks with his sound; not only regarding his hooks, but his beats as well. There’s good production on here that fits his style, but I’d like to hear him rap on different things, sort of like how he caters to his features. All in all, another very solid project from the young spitter out of Detroit, and even though the buzz isn’t as crazy as it was a year ago, he still proves he’s one of the stronger young rappers out here.

Final Score: 76/100

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