6LACK – Tickets – The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA – January 24th, 2017

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Tuesday January 24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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In July 2011, I signed to an independent record label owned by a popular artist at
the time. The deal came with an advance that was little to nothing but at the time it
was my only way out and the artist who I was signed to was very popular so I took
the chance. After spending a year in college chasing love and studying shit I could
care less about I finally had the opportunity to do what I loved so I seized it. I didn't
even withdraw from VSU, I just dropped everything and left. Initially it wasn't that
bad, but it never is in the beginning. In the years to follow I found myself at my
absolute lowest. After the little advance money ran out I was unable to eat most
nights, had no stable place to stay, and found myself living out of a ripped up
backpack. They had me making hundreds of songs I hated to meet their criteria of
what they viewed as "hit records." All I ever heard in that place was hit record hit
record hit record hit record. I watched so many people go in and out of that studio,
they always used to tell me that I was special, that I was next up. All I felt was jailed.
Instead of doing their whole two-step and dancing in the shackles they set out for
me, I chose to sit in that cage and not release any of the music they forced me to
make. They wanted me to just be a hit song and I wanted to show them I was more
than that.
For the next three years I had to make moves in secrecy. I put music out on my
Soundcloud even though my contract didn't allow me to release any music on my
own. With the few songs I put out I grew enough of a following and established my
brand. When the label found out I thought they would start taking me seriously but
they didn't and that's when I knew I had to get the fuck out of there. I needed to
work with people who understood my vision and would get behind it. People who
understood what was going on in popular culture and not just popular radio. I
eventually found that team in LVRN. I remember sitting down for our first meeting,
thinking about how much I was over the industry and hated the people in it, but I
listened and all of my doubt quickly disappeared. They understood that music is so
much more than just making hit records and they understood everything I wanted
to establish with my brand. I believed in them and they believed in me. When I met
them I had recently gotten out of the contract I was trapped in for so long. It's
amazing how something so small as a piece of paper can control you for life. For five
years I felt owned. There were so many times I wanted to upload my entire hard
drive of songs to Soundcloud and just put it out, but I couldn't sell myself short so I
waited. It was painful at times, like I just wanted to quit and never make music
again, but when you have a vision it's kinda hard to call it quits.
I've always known what I wanted to do but I couldn't do it alone. The one thing that
has gotten me through all of these years of living in captivity was love. Love from
friends, family, fans and even strangers. So much of it that I often look at the little
I've done so far and wonder what the hell people see in me. I've had the opportunity
to meet some amazing people in my life and the fact that most of them remain
regardless if I ever released another song is a blessing I'll never take for granted.
After five years I'm free from my first contract, I now have an amazing team in LVRN
and I'm finally able to do shit the way it should've been from the jump.
Here's to being free. - 6LACK
Remaking a song from the hottest artist in the industry is a dicey proposition. For most emerging artists, it's a bad move, one that keeps them on the musical periphery. For Dreezy, her rendition of Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb's "ChiRaq" catapulted her to national prominence because of her fiery delivery, ferocious lyricism and magnetic microphone presence.
"I'm a fan of Nikki Minaj and I like what she did on the original 'Chiraq' with Lil Herb," Dreezy says of the 2014 cut. "But I got the best bars in Chicago so it was only right for me to remix it and represent. The day my version of 'ChiRaq' came out her boyfriend texted us saying 'You won't last a week.'"

Dreezy has more than outlasted that prediction. Today, she's one of the game's most promising artists, a lyricist equally adept at delivering mind-blowing punchlines, riveting street-based stories, introspective selections and odes to true love. Her talent is on full display on 2014's acclaimed Schizo mixtape, as well as her just-released Call It What You Want EP.

Dreezy developed her writing prowess growing up in a number of locations throughout the South Side of Chicago. By the time she was in kindergarten, she started drawing. Soon thereafter, she kept diaries and began crafting her own tales.

"Sometimes I wrote really dark, sad stories about rape, murder and violence or stories about rocky relationships," she recalls. "I remember writing a poem about my grandma when she passed away. I was always telling other people's stories weaved with mine. I saw and experienced a lot and had to mature at a young age. I expressed it all through my poetry."

Even as a child, Dreezy's words were piercing. "I had no filter as a kid," she says. "I was always saying something and not realizing what I just said. I wasn't a bad kid. I was just smart for my age and wanted to express my opinion — and it got me in trouble. My mom got to a point where she just couldn't deal and my dad had to tighten my ass up. When I moved to Dad's, I learned there's a time and a place for everything and not to go on first emotion with stuff."

But the move brought its own set of complications. After getting caught stealing, Dreezy's father put her on punishment for three months. Rather than sulk, Dreezy wrote to a beat CD she had. She'd grown up listening to Ciara, Bow Wow and B2K. But as a rapper, she was channeling Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Drake.

"When punishment was over I went straight to the studio and recorded all those songs, resulting in my first mixtape, The Illustration," Dreezy explains. "I was talking about my life and really going hard, just giving bars. My auntie made a bunch of copies and I passed them out at school. The principal heard it, called me in to the office over the loudspeaker – and busted me for cursing on the tape."
Dreezy's profane raps were matched by straight-As in the classroom. Similarly, her lyrical skills translated well to her AP writing class, in which she excelled. She applied to and was accepted into Northern Illinois University. Dreezy attended the school for a few months, but dropped out to pursue music full-time.

In 2013, a friend introduced her to producer D. Brooks Exclusive, the beatsmith whose work with King Louie, Lil Herb and others had him perched as one of the Windy City's hottest rising sonic architects. "Chicago is known for a hard drill sound and Brooks was the only producer really adding piano melodies and violins, more feeling to his music," Dreezy says. "And when the sound changes, he knows how to embrace it and make it his own."

Brooks produced Dreezy's Schizo mixtape, which was released in February 2014. Her subsequent work on the "ChiRaq" remix led to her appearance on Common's "Hustle Harder," a cut from his acclaimed 2014 album, Nobody's Smiling. The pioneering Chicago rapper appeared on Dreezy's "No Good," solidifying their bond.

"I know if I ever need to talk to someone, Common can give me some good, sound advice," she says. "He has good intentions and doesn't want anything from me."

Common isn't the only prominent artist checking for Dreezy. "A few females reached out when 'ChiRaq' took off: Rah Digga, Shawnna, Remy Ma, Tish Hyman and some others," she says. "I've already done collabs with Tink, DeJ Loaf, and Chicago female MCs Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz. Sasha is like my sister. Our friendship started out from rapping but we're like sisters now. Katie and I are really good friends, too. We support each other. There's room for everybody. That's how it's supposed to be."

As Dreezy makes her mark among music industry icons and new artists alike, she remains focused on being counted among the genre's elite. "My goal is to be legendary," Dreezy says. "Music is my purpose and I want to set the bar — especially for females — and break all the records that come with it."