As the face of the re-emerging Detroit rap scene, Tee Grizzley and rising phenom Skilla Baby are just at the start of their joint takeover.
Ahead of their forthcoming collaborative project Controversy, which is slated to release on Friday (April 28), the Motor City duo kicked things off with the album’s high-powered lead tracks “Dropped The Lo” (April 14) and “B&E Pt. 1” (April 21) this month.
In wake of his last album, Chapters Of The Trenches in 2022, Grizzley and newcomer Skilla set the streets ablaze with these surefire bangers — revealing their undeniable chemistry in the process. Both “Dropped The Lo” and “B&E Pt. 1” see the two trade visceral bars back and forth.
“Just a taste of what’s next, so I hope y’all ready,” Grizzley said. “We can go anywhere we want,” Skilla added when talking about the collaboration. Together, they culminate a memorable call-and-response chorus on “Dropped The Lo.”
Pop out when it’s hot out, find a b*tch to f*ckin’ skate on
Pop out when it’s cold, Gucci coat and all my J on
Play with somethin’ safe, you n*ggas tryna keep they face on
Extension hangin’ out that Glock ten, look like a payphone
Wake up in the mornin’, put my Amiris then my K on
If you really tryna play it safe, n*gga, stay home
Get a n*gga touched anywhere ’cause my pap’ long
I be tryna get a n*gga face like aTee Grizzley and Skilla Baby – “Dropped The Lo”
The tracks’ coinciding visuals further illustrate the pair’s can’t-miss connection, feeding off one another’s energy seamlessly. Detroit’s resurgence in music has been carried by a slew of superstar artists, as Grizzley has been a marquee face of the city since his breakout hit “First Day Out” and “From the D to the A” with Lil Yachty.
As far as SkillaBaby, the fresh-pressed emcee is coming off the second installment of his Crack Music mixtape series, still building his career and co-signs — recently linking with Brent Faiyaz. Not only do Tee and Skilla pay homage to their city’s sound on “Dropped The Lo” and “B&E,” but took the stage together at 313 Detroit Day alongside fellow hometown artists Babyface Ray, Tay B and Sada Baby — fully embracing the city’s love.
This story will be updated.
Check back for “Controversy” this weekend!