Release Date: Jul 22, 2016
Record label: Interscope
Chicago rapper Dreezy, a drill-adjacent upstart from the South Side, put competitors on notice when she ripped through a remix of Nicki Minaj’s “Chi-Raq,” proving herself a capable stand-in. Since seizing her moment, she’s grown into quite a well-rounded artist, appearing alongside veteran conscious rap guru Common, drill holdouts Lil Durk, Lil Bibby, King Louie, Sasha Go Hard, and Katie Got Bandz, and electronic duo AlunaGeorge, earning a record deal with Interscope in the process. Poised for a breakthrough, late last year she tested the waters with From Now On, a superbly-rapped EP that made use of her dexterity with nimble verses that swiftly navigated sounds from the producers of the moment—Metro Boomin and Southside.
The debut album from rapper and singer Seandrea Sledge followed several mixtapes, a couple EPs, and appearances on tracks by fellow Chicagoans Sasha Go Hard and Common, and U.K. duo AlunaGeorge. On No Hard Feelings, the South Side native adeptly mixes grit and gloss. Enemies and broke admirers alike are nonchalantly flicked away as she affirms her high stature and pleads loyalty to her crew ("Treat my bitches like my holster 'cause they're always on my hip").
There are few subgenres more intimidating to rap newbies than drill. It's bass-driven, slang-heavy, gutter as fuck and, if you're a purist, only ever from Chicago.Seandra Sledge, better known as Dreezy, presents one of the more accessible ways to get started with it. In contrast to rappers like Chief Keef, Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz, Dreezy seems to know that striking a balance is key.
Chicago rapper Dreezy gained national attention when she snapped on Nicki Minaj and G Herbo (f/k/a Lil Herb)’s “Chi-Raq,” showcasing her ferocious lyricism over a hard drill beat by the trio of Vinylz, Boi-1da, and Allen Ritter. Rap fans favored her version over Nicki’s, catapulting her name into the conversations of rappers on the come up alongside Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz. Even Common, Chi-Town’s Hip Hop veteran, collaborated with her on Nobody’s Smiling, a sign that he noticed her talent and potential early on.
Major label debuts in hip-hop are hard, no matter who you are. Dreezy, Chicago’s princess of rap, has already experienced unveiling a project under the umbrella of a major label but nothing as significant as a premiere LP. 2015’s From Now On EP, released via Interscope, was just a quick taste test of what Dreezy brings to the table — consistently potent punchlines, R&B tendencies and a backbone tougher than the neighborhood she comes from.