Underground Detroit rap legend Icewear Vezzo has interwoven the sound profile and story of the streetlife within the dominant themes of his projects in the most organic way possible. Following the release of 2020â€™s Robbin Season 2 album, he told HipHopDX he was proof he was more than â€œjust a muthafucka that went to jail and came home and only rap about jail.â€
Now, Vezzo has proven once again his music is more than just jail cell bars, digging deep into his bag of scripts for the seal-popping soundtrack, Rich Off Pints. Combining rugged Wockhardt-influenced flows and piercing production, Rich Off Pints establishes the aggressive nature in which Vezzo exerts his lyrical and stylistic willpower.
â€œ6Upâ€ sets the tone as one of the most hype records on the project, injecting brash money-taunting bars with a hood-fame-drenched tone thatâ€™s both intoxicating and stand-offish.
â€œWhy would I let no let no pussy or no rat n-gga try to play me,â€ he raps. â€œLike fuck the money, Iâ€™ll crash out n-gga right now/Thatâ€™s on my baby.â€
Vezzo continues to gain momentum off the strength of merciless 808-powered trap anthems between his flexes on â€œChoppy Talkâ€ and opp-pack-smoking intent on â€œLive In STL.â€ Another highlight embedded within the front half of Rich Off Pints comes in the form of Vezzoâ€™s Detroit-to-Flint collaboration â€œJack Artistâ€ with Rio Da Yung OG. Both rappers exchange their addictive syrup-driven flows back-to-back with lockstep synergy.
But on the flip side, Vezzoâ€™s lyrical precision sometimes canâ€™t overcome many of the beats sounding the same. Hearing the same preset hi-hat coupled with the four-key dark piano on every other track, especially during the middle section of the tape, can become tedious despite Vezzoâ€™s charisma.
The composition of the project begins to work in Vezzoâ€™s favor toward the end, allowing him to build up momentum with the padding of reliable features before heâ€™s run dry of his sedative drank. His â€œKitchenâ€ collaboration with Memphis rap newcomer Big30 proves his street credit is as valid in any city as it is on any beat.
â€œGhetto n-gga, I done put my Wraith on twenty-sixes, yeah (Skrrt),â€ Vezzo tees-off on â€œKitchenâ€ with Big30. â€œHit the hood, drop a heavy bag, they think itâ€™s Christmas (On God)/Beam on the Glock, shit blue and red, look like the Pistons (Detroit).â€
As the collabs roll on, the D-town rap star continues to test his pen game against his peers. The result plays to his benefit, proving heâ€™s not slowed by the screw in his cup. Vezzoâ€™s collaborations with Dreezy, EST Gee and Trippie Redd on tracks such as â€œNeed Me,â€ â€œKobe Bryant,â€ and â€œGoatâ€ donâ€™t disappoint but the main highlight is the scam-rap posse-cut â€œSpice Talk,â€ which further cements his unwavering support for Michiganâ€™s emerging rap community.
With a lack of creative miscues and an abundance of high-energy, Icewear Vezzo elevates his lyrical stature and commercial appeal on Rich Off Pints, without stifling his identity. Even though itâ€™s a mixtape essentially all about profiting off of (and using) lean, the music doesnâ€™t feel stagnant at any point in the project â€” but itâ€™s still a project about cough syrup and hustling, which is sometimes unrelatable
Only time will tell if he can keep the pace up on Rich Off Pints 2, while also figuring out a way to keep the listeners entertained without flexing their faces off.