Tee Grizzley Shares His ‘Activated’ Playlist
Since Tee Grizzley emerged with his breakout track “First Day Out” (which was once hailed by JAY-Z as the “best out” right now), the Detroit MC hasn’t been slacking on the bars. To celebrate the release of his debut album Activated (May 11), the fiery rapper broke down his favorite cuts from Adele to The Notorious B.I.G. with a few of his own sprinkled in.
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Tee Grizzley Ft. Lil Yachty, “Light”
This was probably my most fun song to record! Yachty is damn near my brother, we got so much music together, it’s crazy!
Tee Grizzley Ft. Chris Brown, “Fuck it Off”
This is my biggest collab to date. I don’t care what people say about Chris Brown, I grew up watching him. He’s a legend in my personal generation, so I’m super appreciative that he was willing to do two records for my album.
Drake, “10 Bands”
This song makes me feel good; Drake’s one of the GOATS, so I had to have this on here.
It’s so soulful, really easy listen. Adele’s that type of singer that have you in your feelings after you listen to hear shit (laughs).
Mary J. Blige, “Everything”
I love anything Mary do.
Mary J. Blige, “Not Gon’ Cry”
I love this song because you can apply the lyrics to anything you goin’ through in life, not just relationships.
R. Kelly, “Bump n’ Grind”
(Laughs) I think you know why I like this song, plus it just sounds good. That ’90s feel is fire, that’s all you need right there.
Aaliyah, “Rock the Boat”
I love Aaliyah, she’s one of the artists that inspired me to rap. It’s an easy song to listen to. I can be in my car and play this, I get completely lost in the song. Her voice is so soothing to listen to.
50 Cent, “Many Men”
I remember when I heard this song when I was younger, but it really applies to my everyday life. People really don’t want to see you do well sometimes. 50 knows that better than anybody, being where I’m at in my career, I know exactly what he’s talking about.
Kanye West, “Through the Wire”
That Chaka sample is just insane. That’s classic Kanye right there. You can play that song anywhere.
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
This shit is crazy (Laughs). Everything so trendy these days, and my nigga Childish came outta nowhere with this joint. Just hella different. Sounds like a throwback joint.
Taylor Swift Ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
I first heard this while I was in prison. I don’t know why, but I was just happy to hear Kendrick on this. It showed me that rap has no boundaries. Shit that’s not suppose to make sense, can make sense. I fuck with Taylor Swift heavy though, too! She makes great music, I be feelin’ that catchy shit she doin’ (Laughs)
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
This is song is just perfect. The message, the beat, Kendrick’s voice, it all works! Kendrick really inspires me every time he drops something.
Tupac and Scarface, “Smile”
You got two lyrical heavyweights on one song, talkin’ real shit on this song. They are different artists, but their voices kind of sound similar, but they both held their own. Plus that video is crazy. The mix of the singing and rap is something I’m always trying to do with my own music.
The Notorious B.I.G. ,”Juicy”
Our stories aren’t the same, but the premise of the song is damn near like ‘First Day Out.’ You reflectin’ on all the bad shit you’ve been through, now you can celebrate getting outta that shit. Nothin’ sounded like that in rap back there, that’s why Biggie is one of the greatest to ever do it.
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