Despite putting out some strong projects over the years, Dreezy is far from a household name in today’s Hip Hop zeitgeist. This lack of mainstream awareness is the result of a couple factors, which include the timeline takeover of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, who dominate the “female rapper” space.
The Chicago-born rapper also hasn’t dropped a project since her 2016 major label debut which was a surprising change of pace seeing she was flooding the streets with mixtapes, EPs and loosies galore before signing. But the time away makes her sophomore effort Big Dreez a stellar affair.
Whoever coined the phrase “good things come to those who wait” might not have had this album in mind but the saying wholeheartedly applies to Big Dreez. In short, the album packs a high octane tempo from start to finish. Southside’s iconic “8888808 Mafia” tag is used as a starter gun for the 100-meter dash of bars Dreezy runs through on the album’s first three songs. “Chicken Noodle Soup” and “Play Wit Ya” establishing her “fuck everyone” attitude and backs it up with the Kash Doll-assisted signature hit “Chanel Slides.” In every sense of the word, the song is an absolute slapper with equal parts catchiness, fiercely luxurious lines and a Pi’erre Bourne instrumental that should be treated with the same respect as the national anthem.
If the first handful of tracks flexes her “Big Dreez” persona, the next few cuts shed her body bag state of mind and usher in the psyche of 24-year-old Seandrea Sledge. “Showin Out” and “Ecstasy” (with Jeremih) are fairly basic trap ballads that are both easily digestible and forgettable. “Love Someone” with Jacquees, however, turns the page in her lyrical diary and bares emotionally intelligent bars: “You say I turn nothin’ into big shit/Always get caught up in the slick shit/I took it personal/But I’ma carry on like a terminal. The verses are filled with real-life specifics but are delivered in a way that makes them universally relatable. Get ready to see lines like “I was tryna turn a jack to a king, had to play what I was dealt” pop up as captions on IG For those going through tough breakups, lines like, “I was tryna turn a jack to a king, had to play what I was dealt”is tailor-made for Instagram captions.
While the ten-song album boasts a blissful balance between feelings and flexing, Big Dreez ends with “Where The $ @” which really sums up Dreezy’s 2019 mood; “Bitches, they don’t like me/’Cause I think that I’m so damn important/Red light, no camcorder/Put you niggas in order”. It’s clear that Dreezy is ready to become a household name and is willing to showcase all sides of her artistic Rolodex to do so. If she can keep honing in on her bars, delivery and quality > quantity mentality, there is no telling how big Dreez can get.