By Jack Barnes
Hot 97 DJ Megan Ryte joins with OMB Peezy for Lessons From The Pimp EP, the latest edition of her “The 5” series of mixtapes. Each week for five straight weeks, Megan Ryte selects five beats for one of her favorite emcees to freestyle over and creates a brand new EP, each organized around a different theme. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Megan Ryte fell in love with fellow Mobile-native OMB Peezy’s music when she discovered it on YouTube. In Peezy’s music, Megan heard echoes of Pimp C, each rapper spitting hard-earned pearls of street wisdom in an inimitable Southern drawl. Taking inspiration from Peezy’s lyrical and vocal similarity to Pimp C, and his fusion of Bay Area and Deep South rap styles, Megan recruited Peezy to freestyle for her series. For the instrumentals, Megan chose to venture outside of Peezy’s comfort zone, selecting five beats evocative of Drake, an artist who represents the idea of “fusion” in Megan’s mind. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
On Lessons From The Pimp, Peezy freestyles over Drake-inspired instrumentals, delivering perceptive bars about his travails in the legal system and his life in the hood. Asserting her influence behind the boards, Megan punctuates each track with an archived interview from Pimp C, offering a poignant life lesson echoed in Peezy’s freestyled lyrics. Featuring a cover inspired by Drake’s Take Care and featuring a shout out to the late Pimp, Lessons From The Pimp combines the sensibilities of the three wildly different emcees, filtered through the mind of Megan Ryte. The project includes “Ignorant Freestyle,” which spawned a music video that came out on Monday via Hot 97’s YouTube Channel and uses the classic Isley Brothers sample from Jay-Z’s “Ignorant Shit” (which itself spawned a classic Drake freestyle), as well as “On My Mind,” a sinister and bouncy original track featuring NYC veteran Uncle Murda. Featuring additional appearances from Lougotcash and Kacyy Pluto, Lessons From The Pimpis available now exclusively via Audiomack.
Explains Megan Ryte, “When you’re from the south, I feel like people automatically assume you’re not lyrical. That’s so far from the truth, and Peezy is another example of that.”
Last week, Megan teamed with Dreamville rapper Cozz for Aftermath of My Dreams, the first entry of “The 5,” in which the L.A. native rhymed over classic instrumentals by Aftermath Entertainment artists, including Eminem and The Game.
Nearly two years after his debut single “Lay Down” put Peezy on the map, the motor mouthed emcee shared Loyalty Over Love, his debut solo full-length mixtape, in Summer 2018. Stuffed with glistening Dirty South instrumentals, Loyalty Over Love is the culmination of Peezy’s rise, with sharp lyrics about his life as a rising star and his struggles with the legal system. Whether he’s seething at inept law enforcement on the Noisey-premiered “Fuck My P.O.,” fiercely asserting his individuality and independence within an oppressive system on “Souljah Life Mentality,” enjoying the spoils of his success in the TK Kravitz-featuring “Yeah Yeah,” mourning lost friends in “My Dawg,” or paying tribute to the West Coast with the Dr. Dre-referencing and Donny Hathaway-sampling “Ghetto Boy,” Peezy is a magnetic presence, weaving his threats and boasts around hot instrumentals. Featuring additional appearances from Mozzy, Paper Lovee, and OMB Iceberg, Loyalty Over Love arrives via Sick Wid It Records/300 Ent. Peezy treated fans to another revealing glimpse when he shared Behind The Title: Loyalty Over Love, a FADER-premiered mini-doc that explains the main themes behind the album.
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