CHICAGO RAPPER DROPS MAJOR LABEL DEBUT MIXTAPE
WITH FEATURES FROM G HERBO, TAY KEITH, BIZZY BANKS & IV JAY
In any sport, rookie year sets the tone for the future. Traditionally, the NBA has recognized lifelong champions with the coveted title of Rookie of the Year. Now hip-hop has its 2021 entry into this exclusive winner’s circle. After racking up 100 million-plus streams and landing on Rappers to Watch in 2021 lists by Complex, UPROXX, and more, Lil Eazzyy positions himself as the game’s next champion on his debut mixtape Rookie of the Year.
“I wanted to come out with the strongest mixtape of the year,” he exclaims. “I love basketball, so I always knew the title was going to be Rookie of the Year. This is literally my rookie year in rap, and I believe I’m the best person getting into the business right now.”
The Chicago native backed up this claim by locking himself in the studio, logging marathon sessions and devoting countless hours to his craft. In early 2021, he flew out to Los Angeles and recorded the bulk of Rookie of the Year on the West Coast. Lil Eazzyy teamed up with fellow Chicago native G Herbo for the “Onna Come Up Remix,” racking up more than 31.4 million streams and over 2.4 million views of its official video. He continued to charged up this next chapter with “Freestyle,” where he punched in with relentless rhymes, illuminating his dizzying lyricism. He maintained this momentum with the hypnotic grind of “Yes Or No” [feat. IV JAY]. Meanwhile, the single “Hunnid or Better” [feat. Bizzy Banks] hinges on his rapid-fire flow punctuated by lyrical acrobatics. Brooklyn drill phenomenon Bizzy Banks pulls up with an equally menacing guest spot, cutting through the airy synths.
“I just want people to listen to the full project top-to-bottom,” he leaves off. “This is what I love to do, and I hope you get to know me through the music.”
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