Tee Grizzley spent the latter half of the past decade becoming one of Detroit’s most sought after and influential new generational talents. Laying the foundation with the seminal “First Day Out” after his release from prison in October 2016, Grizzley built up a strong streak of memorable mixtapes and singles until launching his debut album Activated in mid-2018. The next year was filled with tragedy after the passing of his aunt and manager Jobina “JB” Brown during a Detroit shooting. As the young artist continues to recover from loss, he returns with the undeniable “Red Light” single.
Super-producer Hit-Boy takes the reigns with an instrumental that reverberates like a distorted car ignition while Tee rushes to get some heartfelt anecdotes off his chest. “OGs be like that young n*gga there polished/ Uncle smoking crack, Granny alcoholic/ I got rich and cleaned them up and now we poppin’/ They respect me in my hood so they acknowledge.”
The track even features a reference to the rumored altercation with NBA Youngboy and his entourage at Rolling Loud Miami, with Tee Grizzley rapping, “We gone rock out/ In Miami, Rolling Loud with the glock out.”
“To be an artist from Detroit… well, you automatically got the industry against you because they don’t click with the Detroit music,” Grizzley told HYPEBEAST last year. “Like for some reason, the people, it just don’t go as far as it should go and it’s crazy because if people really understand what them people was talking about they know how talented they is.” Watch the visual above and catch up on Tee Grizzley’s rise to stardom in his HYPEBEAST Radio MIC/LINE episode.