Dreezy - Hitgirl Music Album Reviews

Dreezy - Hitgirl Music Album Reviews
The Chicago rapper’s collaborative album with Hit-Boy is confident and playful, balancing her lyrical prowess with more vulnerable, R&B-influenced material.

Dreezy has always been a hard grafter with formidable potential. Arriving to the mic with authoritative braggadocio, vivid lyricism, and playful puns, her serrated raps and effortless wit reflected her earlier years studying poetry. Whether it’s her oft-celebrated feature on Hitmaka’s “Thot Box” remix, the reflexive “Spar,” or her razor-sharp loosie “Beatbox Bday Freestyle,” her true-to-form technicalities as a lyricist have granted her access to writing sessions with J. Cole and Kanye West. Still, it hasn’t all come easy, and she’s faced obstacles cultivating those moments of buzz into a holistic breakthrough. “Body,” Dreezy’s 2016 duet with Jeremih and her first song to reach the Hot 100, showcased her singing—elevating her profile while sidelining her rap talent. She’s attempted to rectify that in recent years, but with an inconsistent release schedule and few standalone moments, she never quite found her stride in the mainstream.

Her latest pivot aligns her with quintessential hip-hop producer Hit-Boy, known for sparking much-needed life into Nas’ latter-day discography. Their 10-track collaborative album, HITGIRL, marks Dreezy’s first as a newly independent artist. Big Dreez believes in the “hit girl” moniker wholeheartedly, declaring herself a “top five” woman in rap (and not five) across the menacing opener “They Not Ready.” Seamlessly slithering in and out of an array of flow patterns across three minutes, Dreezy’s sometimes subdued but foreboding cadence makes for a rousing listen. Although she’s mighty here, the faster flow wedged into short spells across her first and second verses leaves more to be desired.

Since her first viral release in 2014, a take on “Chiraq,” Dreezy has embodied the city that raised her. Following the same approach of personifying the city and tributing it, she throws “another one up for the South Side” on “Vibez.” Here, she draws upon both the good and the bad in a matter-of-fact drawl. “I’m from that city where catchin’ a body a way to get famous,” she warns on “Sliders.” This isn’t an admission made in shame but a vehicle to acknowledge her growth. It’s these moments of transparency that illuminate where exactly Dreezy’s ambition originates.

When she addresses romance and relationships, Dreezy speaks openly about her position and circumstances both in and out of the booth. Hit-Boy’s production throughout speaks to the pair’s growing synergy. On “Easy,” Dreezy’s vivacious delivery blossoms as she makes it known that she’s not afraid of men and she’ll stand beside peers of any gender and call out those who’ve wronged her. It’s a poignant display of duality that women such as Lil’ Kim and Trina have never shied away from: combating sexism in rap and romance alike as they maneuver across, around, or over men to achieve what they want. As she echoes that sentiment, Dreezy extends a bold lineage.

Hit-Boy’s years of experience with R&B titans (Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige) make him an ideal collaborator to draw out Dreezy’s melodic side. Both vulnerable yet authoritative, “21 Questions” evokes joy and innocence. “What if yo’ pops think I’m a thot? And mama says that she hate me?” she asks. Hit-Boy’s softer drums and synths allow the questions and what-ifs breathing room; the production drifts alongside Dreezy’s slackened flow as she siphons off self-doubt. She’s more than capable of holding her own in this lane of thoughtful, R&B-imbued hip-hop—a fact highlighted by a lifeless-sounding repeat appearance from Jeremih on “In Touch” that fails to muster the animated spirit of his 2010s features.

HITGIRL exemplifies a complimentary collaborative effort between a seismic producer and a seasoned rapper. Dreezy is able to experiment in sound, presenting R&B as another vehicle for her talent, but by no means her whole offering. Hit-Boy’s soundscapes are still enthralling a decade into his career and on HITGIRL, he provides something Dreezy previously lacked: a consistent instrumental canvas. Hungry for new approaches, Dreezy bets big on her ongoing quest for evolution.

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Dreezy - Hitgirl Music Album Reviews Dreezy - Hitgirl Music Album Reviews Reviewed by Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera on June 08, 2022 Rating: 5


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