Dreezy will be the first to admit she’s a perfectionist. When in the studio, she’s been known to spend time penning her own verses. With a passion for writing that she’s maintained since the days of elementary school, this Chicago artist takes pride in the work she crafts.
Back in 2014, Dreezy was praised for Schizo, a project that shows her promise as an artist. Her most recent tape, a surprise EP titled From Now On, showcases more diversity. After signing a deal with Interscope Records, Dreezy was introduced to a whole new sound, and paired with a set of producers who set out to challenge her.
“I usually sit in a corner and write for hours until it’s perfect but with 808 Mafia, they weren’t having it [laughs], especially Southside,” she told STASHED, recalling the vibe of From Now On’s studio sessions. “He’d put on a beat or he would be making it and he’d be like ‘Yeah, you about rap on that when I’m done.’ I got on my laptop and he was like ‘Man, put the laptop down and hop in the booth.’”
In less than a month’s time, Dreezy followed up with a Jeremih-assisted single titled “Body.” The song sets the tone for the rapper’s major-label debut that’s expected to be released this year. “On the album, I’m trying to stay true to myself,” she said. “It’s just showing my artistry, lyrics, and how big of a song we can create.”
Read the Q&A in its entirety for more on Dreezy’s upcoming album, her thoughts on Metro Boomin, and her favorite Chicago artist.
STASHED: You previously mentioned how you want to be the face of female hip-hop. Do you still have your mind set on that?
Dreezy: I have to remind myself of my goals so that I can stay focused on where I’m trying to go and not on what’s happening right now. It’s the typical story of when you’re trying to make history versus getting on quick. My goal is to be the queen of hip-hop.
A lot more females have been getting attention. We’re getting our shine now, especially because we’re coming harder than the men. They don’t have no choice but to let us in.
STASHED: Once inside, I feel like everyone has their moment. Depending on your level of talent, fan base, and such, artists tend to come and go. How are you avoiding that?
Dreezy: You have to be good at it. A lot of people want to be rappers because they just want to be rappers. But they don’t really have a passion for it. I don’t like that.
As long as I can get my music out there, and continue to create good stuff to add to hip-hop, and change the game, then I’m good.
STASHED: What’s it like continuing to perfect a passion that you’ve had since seven?
Dreezy: Now that I’m getting older I see that I need to stay writing. You gotta stay in your element because if you stop for too long, you lose it. Then you gotta build it back up.
It’s been a way to express myself and it’s transformed from poetry and then I started singing then I started rapping and now I do a little bit of everything. It’s always been in my life.
STASHED: You gave listeners a glimpse of that with Schizo. Has your mindset changed since then?
Dreezy: When I dropped Schizo, I was in love. My mindset is totally different now. I’m almost numb to certain things. I’m still learning how to deal with things. When I was working on Schizo, I had a boyfriend at the time, trying to figure out: why is he doing this and why is he doing that, why I’m not good enough. Now I’m just like why are you not good enough? It had something to do with me moving. I moved from Chicago to LA. I moved by myself so I just learned how to be selfish, and really all about me. When I was in Chicago, I was all about other people. I’m more focused now.
STASHED: Was it easy transitioning into the industry?
Dreezy: It’s not easy. Before you get signed, it’s just raw talent. It’s always rappers out there that got something. It can be a lyrical ass rapper who can’t write hooks or it’ll be somebody who is raw with hooks but can’t rap.
I just have to figure myself out. I know I’m a dope ass writer. I could write verses all day long but I know I need help with my hooks to make a hit song. Before I got signed, I was doing drill music. Then I started doing the Schizo sound a little bit, but I wasn’t into it. Then I got signed and they introduced me to a whole new sound. Terrace Martin, 1500 or Nothin’, they do Jazz-hip-hop and then you got 808 mafia and Metro Boomin, they do trap. It just opened up my sound a little bit more. I’m still figuring it out. The industry, it’s just what they say: you have to learn the ropes. You have to learn the business or you’ll get finessed.
STASHED: What did you take away from working on From Now On?
Dreezy: I had to write the first bars that came to mind and I felt like I wanted to change things but Southside was like “Nah, you good.’ For my album, I want it to be perfect. But for fun stuff, we’ll just put it out there.
I had a lot of things I wanted to change, but like I said, it’s a compromise. For one, I had the opportunity to work with 808 Mafia and Metro Boomin, which a lot of people don’t get to do. Two, I wanted to put out music. I was working behind the scenes so I didn’t put out no music so I wanted to put something out for my fans. It got some buzz. The Dej Loaf record—a lot of people love that song. “Money Printer,” the Kylie Jenner song, that’s one of my favorites.
STASHED: Now going into the album, what’s the focus?
Dreezy: Any songs that I’m second-guessing, it’s not going on there. And you could expect the sound to be very versatile. It’s going to have very big records. It’s not really any trap on there right now but I want to hype it up. It’s not just the “Chiraq” remix no more.
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