Lil Durk & Tee Grizzley – Bloodas
The Midwestern Heavy-Hitters Also Share a Raunchy Video from the Project
“Unshackled from any kind of outline, Durk’s pen game shines. His rise was dotted with blood-soaked tales that summarized much of drill’s appeal: ground-level glimpses at Chicago’s South Side that colored in the outline offered by grim murder statistics.” –Pitchfork
Mixing compelling lyricism with an intense melodicism, Detroit’s Tee Grizzley and Chicago’s Lil Durk breath new life into Midwestern street rap. Teaming up for a no-nonsense, lyrical full-length, the Grizzly and the Vulture share Bloodas. Throughout the project, Durk and Tee Grizzley pledge allegiance to the grind, extolling the values of hard work and decrying anyone who hasn’t earned success. Though there’s plenty of tough talk, especially on the intense single “What Yo City Like?,” which debuted last week on WorldStarHipHop to the tune of 434k YouTube views, the two emcees always return to the subject of family, brothers, and treasuring the ones you trust. With production from Chopsquad DJ, the new project is a dynamic showcase for the two emcees, as Tee Grizzley’s fast-talking lyrical realism meshes brilliantly with Durk’s soaring melodies and infectious cadences.
To accompany Bloodas, the two rappers share “Flyers Up,” an anthemic new video single. A minor-key banger perfectly suited for the whip or the strip club, “Flyers Up” is a statement of solidarity from the two rappers, affirming the duo’s superiority in their cities’ streets, while acknowledging that they have enemies that want to deny their shine. In the video, Lil Durk and Tee Grizzley mobbing in the studio with some of the finest ladies in the Great Lakes region, throwing money and having a blast.
In the past year Lil Durk moved out of Chicago and bought a house in Atlanta, released three projects, and saw his hit single “My Beyoncé,” featuring Dej Loaf, attain Gold certification from the RIAA. This summer, Durk teamed up with fellow Drill movement rapper Lil Reese for Supa Vultures EP, a six-track collaborative project. Distributed by EMPIRE, Supa Vultures EP features the hit single “Distance,” recently featured in Complex’s Bout To Blow column, which has earned nearly 3 million views on YouTube since August. The OTF spitter also made appearances on Young Thug’s EBBTG, Trae Tha Truth‘s Tha Truth 3, Mozzy‘s 1 Up Top Ahk, and Ralo x Gucci Mane‘s Ralo LaFlare. Durk‘s February project Love Songs For the Streets featured YFN Lucci and Young Thug, as the 24-year-old honed a matured sound. In October, Durk shared Signed to the Streets 2.5, which featured the hit single “Make It Out,” which The FADER listed as the 73rd best song of 2017.
Listen to Bloodas:
Watch “Flyers Up”: https://youtu.be/zla0Kxd987k
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Bloodas w/ Tee Grizzley:
Lil Durk & Tee Grizley – “Flyers Up”:
Lil Durk & Tee Grizley – “What Yo City Like?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-b8opujZEc
“No Fear”: https://youtu.be/40E6ET8PyFQ
Signed to the Streets 2.5: https://mxtpz.me/a/147349 // https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/signed-to-the-streets-2-5/id1298774142?ls=1?at=1001l3Iq&app=itunes // https://open.spotify.com/album/4o663kqmvD7guquI85fbok
“Dope & Hoes”: https://open.spotify.com/album/22JxBOqeZaTtobXAtPK75h
“Make It Out” (Prod. by Will-a-Fool): https://soundcloud.com/otflildurk/durkio-make-it-out-wav/ // https://youtu.be/6qvukoRFS10
“Goofy” ft. Future & Jeezy: https://youtu.be/lvZCzP-7JV8 // https://soundcloud.com/otflildurk/goofy-feat-future-jeezy
“Nobody Knows” (Durk Solo): https://youtu.be/gaw5ydpGSuo