Interview: Steezy Grizzlies
DC native Steezy Grizzlies is hours away from dropping his new tape Green and is surprisingly nervous. Read on to find out what’s bugging Steezy and what to expect from him an his SNB team.
It’s March 14th and at exactly 3:14, Steezy Grizzlies will be releasing his 3rd project to the public. After month’s of anticipation, name changes and anime, Steezy is ready to reveal the next chapter in his musical legacy. Steezy came on the scene in late 2011, releasing his first EP Punchout at the top of 2012. The self proclaimed coon made his first impact on a Plue Starfox jam entitled G.H.T.O with the Klan’s Sir E.U, and flexed a unique if not under developed delivery.
Flash forward to summer, and Steezy is back with a polished flow and a terribly infectious single entitled L A V I $ H. A clear improvement from his first effort, G U N D A M poised Steezy to be one of the most promising acts in the DMV underground. Compromised of jazzy beat’s, odes to hipster chicks and plenty of SNB features, it was more of a proper release than his first EP.
Green is his latest endeavor and the public has only got a few peeks at what to expect, with his first drop Dat New New clocking in under 2 minutes. Read on to find out what to expect from his new project, his SNB team and his personal statement to the fans.
GRZD: What’s up homie. You’ve got a new project about to drop tomorrow, you excited about that?
Steezy Grizzlies: More like nervous bruh. When I was first writing Green I was really trying to make a tape for my “supporters” but I went back and listened to all my stuff only to realize how much I hated it. I feel like Green is more of me then what the supporters want and that is what scares me.
GRZD: What didn’t you like about the old tracks? Did you find yourself trying to make another Lavish type hit?
Steezy: I hate Lavish. I feel like niggas only liked for me a song I wrote in about 15 minutes. I wouldn’t say I ‘found myself’ with Green but it put me on the road to that goal. I have bangers on the tape, I just didn’t try to make another Lavish and never will.
GRZD: So who is Steezy Grizzlies now compared to Gundam era Steezy?
Steezy: I would say Gundam era Steezy was a person making music for DMV hipsters, trying to make them happy. Then he realized that shit was damn near impossible so he got so damn depressed that he almost thought about quitting music. Steezy Grizzlies now doesn’t give a fuck. He makes music he enjoys and enjoys doing that. He realized that if you don’t say shit in these raps then your raps ain’t shit. He doesn’t fuck with too many people anymore and has started producing. Yeah that sums it up.
GRZD: Wow. Good to hear you’ve been producing. Who produced on Green and what’s your favorite song from it?
I started producing but didn’t feel ready to put them on Green. Rashad Stark, rMell and Renzy Beats produced tracks on Green to name a few. If I had to pick a favorite song it would be ‘dmGotham’ feat. Johny Locus or ‘Hits For Your Bitch’ featuring the whole SNB.
GRZD: Speaking of your SNB team, you guys are on the rise and are continuing to buold a name. So what’s next for the SNB? What makes you guys unique?
Steezy: We on the come up? I thought most niggas hated us (laughs). But Rashad is working on a BUMPING ASS PROJECT. It’s all over Green. Johny Locus is coming with a dope ass mixtape full of bangers. Also, Day is coming out with a tape. I think the fact that all 7 of us make different styles of hip-hop but blend that shit so zesty makes us different.
GRZD: Do you feel like your the leader?
Steezy: Nah. I say that because a lot of shit I wanted to do, the team was against. We’re more like a big ass group of brothers. I’m the loud ass uncle telling niggas we going eat and trying to make the gang laugh.
GRZD: So what’s next fort Steezy? Where do you want rap to take you?
Steezy: I’m just going to make music until me and my niggas can live comfortable. I think the next step is an indie album but that’s NO TIME SOON. Maybe some EP’s or some shit, but I need to step my bars up before dropping another project.
GRZD: Green is on the horizon and some people are eager to hear it. Anything you want to say about it before the public gets to consume it?
Steezy Grizzlies: I hope you niggas like it. I worked hard on it. For those who thought my last 2 projects were ass, you were right. But these niggas better not dare fix their lips to say Green is some ass. I love all my supporters and love all my haters. This is the 1st step into me becoming one of the greats I promise. SNB until the death of me and Happy Green 3.14.13!
Make sure to download Green at 3:14 here
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Produced by Madlib
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