Mixing smooth-talking flexes with pearls of street wisdom,Â FMB DZÂ radiates the gravitas of one who worked hard for every dollar. Reflecting on his upbringing as he enjoys the fruits of his labor, theÂ Fast Money BoyzÂ rapper sharesÂ P Rock Baby, his new album. Spanning 13 tracks,Â P Rock BabyÂ gets its title from the local term forÂ Plymouth Road, or P Rock, a thoroughfare in Detroit that runs from the heart of downtown out to the suburbs. The street is a microcosm for all that Detroit has to offer, from the cityâ€™s largest public pool to Coney Island diners and more.
â€œP Rock is the place to be in the summertime,â€Â explains FMB DZ.Â â€œYouâ€™ll see lines 100-200 cars deep of people trying to spend time by the pool, play some basketball, or grill outside. When I was younger, me and my friends would get some pocket change and go get some snacks from the corner store and walk the 2-3 miles to the pool and spend all day there.â€
Released as summer approaches,Â P Rock BabyÂ resembles what it might feel like to gather many of Detroitâ€™s best rappers for a P Rock cookout, with DZ as the soft-spoken, yet authoritative host. DZâ€™s longtime collaboratorÂ Sada Baby, who appears on buzzing pre-release singleÂ â€œDouble Headed Dragon,â€ while he demonstrates an easy chemistry with fellow EastsiderÂ Icewear VezzoÂ onÂ â€œTry Me,â€ and goes toe-to-toe withÂ Skilla BabyÂ andÂ The GlockboyÂ onÂ â€œWith A Bang.â€œ
The tape reverberates with the piano arpeggios and bouncing basslines characteristic of the cityâ€™s flourishing rap scene, providing a propulsive backdrop for DZ to reminisce about his youth and revel in his boss lifestyle. Project highlightÂ â€œRocktroitâ€Â expands on the formula, combining the Detroit sound with ominous guitars and synths and a burbling organ that recall 80s-style arena rock anthems. Recent singles likeÂ â€œStarting 5â€Â andÂ â€œWasting Timeâ€Â dig deep into DZâ€™s mogul mentality, revealing the ruthless mentality and deep loyalty that earned him a following in his city and the respect of his peers.
â€œThis neighborhood got me ready for life,â€Â says FMB DZ.Â â€œI learned about love, betrayal, spending my money, making my moneyâ€¦everything I know I learned on P Rock.â€
Along with the album, FMB DZ shares the video forÂ â€œLevel Up,â€ aÂ P Rock BabyÂ banger featuringÂ BabyTron. Pirouetting above skittering snares and resonant handclaps, the two rappers go punchline-for-punchline, competing with one another to see who can craft the most outlandish boast. In the video, Detroit takes over Los Angeles, as the Fast Money Boyz and ShittyBoyz chieftains ball out in Beverly Hills, counting dozens of bands and still having money to burn.
Featuring additional appearances fromÂ BabyTron,Â LOM Rudy, andÂ P Rock Sean,Â P Rock BabyÂ is available everywhere viaÂ Fast Money Boyz / EMPIRE.
FMB DZ continues to make waves in Detroit and beyond. Stay tuned for much more from the young OG in the near future.
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