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Dreezy - “Yikes” (Remix)
Chicago rapper Dreezy is a versatile performer who has been let down by the major label system; since releasing her promising debut, she has been mismanaged and undersold. That hasn’t stopped Dreezy from ripping through other rappers’ beats when the opportunity arises. Her breakthrough moment came freestyling over Nicki Minaj’s “Chiraq” in 2014 and she returns to the well with a remix of Nicki’s new single “Yikes.”
She shows Nicki up here, but to be fair there aren’t many quick spitters out that rap with more finesse than Dreezy. Rapping fast usually carries the added bonus of obscuring some limitations as a writer, but Dreezy enunciates so carefully her bars are enhanced at full tilt. She works through her raps leisurely, as if she’s gliding across the surface of an infinity pool. “Look sweet, but you gotta watch her/Touching on you ’til I feel your wallet/I’m really tryna stay humble/If they think they forgot, I remind ’em/My mama made me a bad bitch, my daddy taught me to ball like Gianna,” she raps, paying homage to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter. She manages to sound both slick and fluid without ever compromising the impact of her punchlines. Dreezy may not have made her star turn yet, but with each new verse she continues to make good on her initial promise.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork