OMB Peezy Levels Up With His First ‘Gangsta Grillz’

A rite of passage can be understood as any important act or event that serves to mark a transition from one stage of life to another. One of hip-hop’s equivalents to a rite of passage is Gangsta Grillz. The iconic, DJ Drama-curated mixtape series helped to further cement the likes of Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Pharrell Williams and others as rap greats. Gangsta Grillz even inspired Tyler, the Creator to take it up a notch with his most recent Grammy Award winning album Call Me If You Get Lost

Following in the footsteps of legendary rap veterans, OMB Peezy takes things to another level with his first Gangsta Grillz, MisGuided. Throughout the 16-song tape the Humble Beginnings rapper ups the ante with production provided by hit-making producers such as Hitmaka and Murda Beatz— who crafted the beat for OMB Peezy’s single “100.” NLE Choppa, Morray, and G Herbo also contribute to Peezy’s first project since last year’s Too Deep For Tears.  

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Born in Mobile, Alabama, OMB Peezy moved to Sacramento, California as a preteen. His career highlights have so far included garnering co-signs from the likes of E-40 and collaborating with Lil Wayne, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Nick Cannon and others.

Outside of steadily stepping his game up, a life goal of OMB Peezy is to give game to the next generation. “I wanna be the rapper that shows the youth the positive things, because I know everybody looks up to the rappers,” says OMB Peezy. “I want to show them what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Days before the release of MisGuided, OMB Peezy chopped it up with ONE37pm. He discussed the inspiration behind his new project, working with King Von and DJ Drama, being lit on TikTok and touring with Kevin Gates. Check out the convo below.

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What inspired the messaging behind ‘Misguided’?

Shit, I had a cousin in jail. He was like he wished he would’ve did things different. Then it’s like the OGs I hang around now are totally different than the OGs I used to hang around. They be telling me about stocks. They told me about Bitcoin before Bitcoin blew up. You feel me then? I was so young that it didn’t even register in my mind that they were teaching me some real shit that I needed to know. Now that I got older, I’m like I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I could have made some real money off of Bitcoin. You feel me? So I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I’m doing this shit for my kid and my nephews and my nieces.

The video for your King Von-featured track “Get It Done” recently dropped. What does that video mean to you?
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That video means a lot to me, bro. That was one of the last moments I had with Von. RIP Von, I ain’t gonna lie, that video meant a lot to me for real. I didn’t drop the video. His team dropped the video. I been had the video. I seen it and everything, but I ain’t never want to put it out because I ain’t want to be disrespectful to his family, his friends and his kids, so I was just waiting. I was just letting them do their thing.

Tell us about “Mufasa” and why G Herbo was the perfect fit for it.

I make a lot of pain music, so I just wanted to show people that I’m still having fun with this shit, man. Then lately, I’ve been feeling like the king of my city. I been feeling like the king of my jungle. You feel me? So Mufasa, you feel me? And you know, G Herbo has been doing this shit for a long time. He been holding his weight for a long time. So I look at him as another king of his jungle. You feel me? So I had to put him on there.

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My favorite joint is “Need Your Space”…

I was kind of scared of making that song. But a couple girls I was talking to were saying that I have songs about girls, but I don’t got a breakup song. You feel? So I feel like I had to make a breakup song. I was kind of nervous making it because it was kind of outside of my normal vibe. But I feel like I did good. With everybody telling me they fuck with it, that shit makes me feel good. It motivated me to step outside of the box more.

What was your favorite part of working with DJ Drama?

My favorite part of working with DJ Drama was just being around him for real. He’s real cool. He’s the person you just imagine he is. So being around him was just cool as fuck.

Is there anything you learned from working with him on this project?

Shit, that there ain’t no limit. You can keep going as far as you want.

What’s most exciting about hitting the road with Kevin Gates?

I’m looking forward to how therapeutic it’s going to feel.

Speaking of therapeutic, is making music therapeutic for you?
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Yeah. The shit that I can’t talk about in a normal conversation or I can’t bring myself to tell somebody out of fear of being judged or someone changing their outlook on me, I can put it in a song. It’s like a better way of being to me.

You’re super active on TikTok. Why do you think you’ve been able to be so successful (more than 324K followers) on that platform?

Because I’m a genuinely bubbly personality. I can’t help it. I love being funny. I love making people laugh and smile. So TikTok is the perfect place for me to go kill time. I can fuck with my fans and engage with my fans and shit.

Another way that you’ve been able to engage with your fan base is through your content series, ‘Hood Essentials’. What was the initial inspiration behind that project?
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Like I said, I naturally have a bubbly personality. But my fans ain’t know. One time I saw a fan staring at meat a distance. I walked up on her and she was like, “man, I was so scared to walk up on you. I thought you would be unapproachable and shit, but like hell no, you’re cool as a motherfucker. So that’s what made me want to start showing my personality more so they can get a feel for who I really am. People think I carry that pain and shit that I rap about on my shoulders every day. But I want to be happy like everybody else [laughs]

I guess what, what are your future plans for ‘Hood Essentials’? Are they gonna be like more?

Yeah. I’m never stopping Hood Essentials. I cook. I do a lot of outdoor stuff. I did camping. I did golfing. So I’m gonna go back to cooking and. And do different stuff, because I don’t want to get too stuck in cooking. It’s not a cooking show, you feel me? But the show first started off by me showing y’all what to cook when you ain’t got nothing to eat in the house me. I really was just trying to show hood essentials.

Where have you had better food? Alabama or California?

Alabama, Alabama, Alabama.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make moving from Alabama m to California?

I had to adjust to like the way they do things, the way they say things and the way they move. As far as like the slang words, I didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. I had to adjust to stuff like how they dressed and how they wore their clothes. I ain’t really like it, but I had to get accustomed to it.

What’s one thing you want listeners to take away from, ‘Misguided’?

That we’ve been through the same things. So if I could change, then so can you.

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The Three Best Moments From Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash 2022

With lines of attendees wrapped around the corners of Douglass Park, this year’s Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash festival was greatly anticipated. Launched in 2018 by Lyrical Lemonade founder and acclaimed music video director Cole Bennett and established concert promoter SPKRBX, the Chicago, IL-based event was once again home to an assortment of rap’s biggest and upcoming talents last weekend (June 17-19th).

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The crowd’s energy didn’t come down from the first moment attendees entered the park and then sprinted toward any of the three performance stages. All-day long, despite the weather ranging from being hot to slightly cold and windy, the mostly Generation Z crowd rapped and danced to every song in rotation– whether it was with up-and-comer Elijah Wallace or multi-platinum superstar Post Malone.

Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash has carved out a space for itself in the evolving festival space due to its natural existence at the intersection of what’s present and the future of rap; an evident influence from its founder (Bennett) whose creative vision and execution of music videos either birthed or refreshed the careers of several artists.

Here are our three best moments after attending Summer Smash.

Post Malone’s performance further reminds us of his superstardom
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Even though the numbers and bodies of work have long legitimized Malone’s resume as a superstar, his Summer Smash performance was a huge reminder of why.

As Posty closed out Saturday’s portion of the festival, tens of thousands of attendees sprinted to the main stage and let out a massive ovation as the multi-faceted artist stepped on stage and performed a mix of his biggest records and cuts from his new album, Twelve Carat Toothache.

G Herbo received a lot of hometown love
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For any festival in a major city, it has become a mistake not to have one of its biggest acts performed if possible. But that wasn’t a concern as Summer Smash welcomed one of Chicago’s most popular acts, G Herbo, and he delivered an exciting performance.

My favorite moment was watching Herbo perform his classic “Who Run It” freestyle and having the crowd rock side to side as he did in the original video

Offset and Takeoff perform a surprising set
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Even amidst breakup rumors surrounding the Migos, that didn’t stop Quavo and Takeoff from representing their group and surprising fans on Sunday. Wearing their three-headed chains with a picture of each Migo, the crowd enjoyed watching a pair of Migos on stage and couldn’t stop recording their performance.


Bops That Just Dropped: ONE37pm’s New Music Round Up

If you’re searching for some new music to add to your daily rotation, look no further than this week’s list of new releases. This roundup of songs and projects that have dropped within the last seven days is packed with lit new tunes that are perfect for just about any contemporary hip-hop fan’s new music playlist. From New York Drill to southern trap, there’s something for just about everyone on this list.

Bronx Drill rapper Kay Flock just dropped a new song with none other than Cardi B and it’s quickly gaining lots of traction. The track, titled “Shake It,” also features verses from Dougie B and Bory300. The high-energy club anthem with its catchy hook can easily get stuck in your head. The Bronx-bred foursome trade verses about running down on opps and turning up. It’s hard not to love Flock and Cardi’s raw energy and lyrics. This is definitely a song that can get you moving. We just had to add it to our new music playlist.

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Fredo Bang is back with a new project, 2 Face Bang 2. The sequel to 2018’s 2 Face Bang opens with the soul-baring “Street Lights,” and features collaborations with Roddy Riich, Money Man and Brooklyn Drill rapper Sleepy Hallow. Filled with raw lyrics, infectious beats and catchy hooks, the Louisiana native’s latest Def Jam release should be a hit with fans of his previous work, as well as with newfound listeners.

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After all of these years in the game, Gucci Mane remains one of the hardest working guys in hip-hop. He doesn’t let much time go by without releasing a single or two. In 2022, he dropped his YoungBoy Never Broke Again-diss, “Publicity Stunt”, the Young Dolph & Key Glock-assisted “Blood All On It” and “Rumors” with Lil Durk. This week he introduced the solo track, “Serial Killers.” Big Guwop glides over the menacing beat with his signature flow.

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There have also been new drops from the likes of Blueface & G Herbo, Trina & Latto, Quando Rondo, Duke Deuce, Yungeen Ace, NoCap, Bas & Gunna and others. If you’re in the mood for some new bops, be sure to run through this week’s collection of new releases. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

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