Listen to “Colors,” Another Great Street-Rap Opus From Tee Grizzley

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Recording artist Tee Grizzley performs onstage at day one of BETX Live!, presented by Denny's, during the 2017 BET Experience on June 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley ended out a promising year with a collaborative mixtape with his like-minded Midwestern colleague Lil Durk called Bloodas. Grizzley also showed up on the star-laden Quality Control mixtape, joining Migos’ Takeoff for “We The Ones.” Now the rising MC has released a new solo single, “Colors,” his first since October’s “Win.” The urgent trap beat is the kind that suits Grizzley’s particular skills and fast but never-cluttered flow, which launches into brief hyperdrive around 1:40 for a song-stealing moment. As usual, Grizzley gets the most imagistic power out of the minimum amount of time–“I know some crips, know some treetops/Name good, I ain’t never sold no re-rock/All these colors in my chain like a peacock/I let that .40 slang ’till it de-cock”–and finds catchy new ways to say things rappers have said millions of times. Listen to and watch the video for “Colors” below.

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