PLAY THE HERO - Beezy
I’m so fucking glad Beezy exists. He’s the white Mac Dre, San Bernardino’s Bugs Bunny, saying absolutely irreverent shit, saying it smartly and hilariously, and getting away with it. Standing general of the LFTD BRGD (pronounced “Lifted Brigade”), Beezy, was last seen with Faja the Poet dropping their exceptional project Beats4Breakfast where they had just that. That album had poetry and fun and bars upon bars – this album has melody and personal depth to an extent that I didn’t expect. There’s also some Tarantino movie motif throughout the album’s samples and vocal skits in addition to an over-arching theme of heroism and villainy. I think Beezy’s poetry plays with the idea of being a scumbag with a heart of gold- a fiercely loyal b-boy of the Dino who is all too aware of the treachery at every corner. He’ll give it to you straight and you’ll crack a smile while he does it and that’s always how I’ve heard him. “We all go to hell” is another good introduction to how seriously he thinks everyone should take themselves. “Asa Akira” is one of those songs an old hippie like myself can hardly believe someone made but he absolutely pulls it off. His protagonist, be he hero or villain, speaks eloquently of lost love and a fraught but important relationship with one’s mother and the words are beyond moving in their delivery and craft. On “Shadow of Your Smile” I feel like he gets at what is universal about his worldview, “Fuck you, that’s what you say to anybody who hate / there’s not a single person living that can be replaced”.
“it’s like a ghost staring at me when I look at these pictures / every sip that I take’s got me feeling more distant”
Beezy’s rap persona is vicious and defensive but there is a good will for humans at the core of his soul’s theses. Come for the bars, stay for the tears, come back for how perfectly he executed the music from the production to the hooks, features and melodies on the beats and how they accent this very personal but still grimy Dino record.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers.