“Dooley by Will Steezy is the moves if you want to vibe on that late night tip, hit the house show, or alter your state of perception. 19 year old Will Steezy, previously known as Duces, is back with his nicest performance yet. Showcasing the same raw, drug-inspired lyrics as before, but with better flows and dirtier production( like porn mag in a subway bathroom dirty), Will Steezy is claiming his spot as an artist to look out for in 2017.
Dooley is vibes. Although vibes is a tricky word. You can have positive vibes or negative vibes. Becky might say, “look at all those indie records in the corner and this low-lighting, I’m really feeling the vibe.” Or Susan might say “that guy waxed his mustache, I’m really not feeling his vibe.” But these aren’t the vibes I’m talking about. I’m talking about vibes as in vibraphones. I’m just playing, I’m not talking about vibraphones (Speaking of which, Arthur Lyman was nice with them). I’m talking about the vibes you get when music can turn from just ambient noise to an actual atmosphere that can be communicated and felt by yourself and others. That’s the vibes that Dooley provides. You don’t need to be getting twisted, you don’t need to be at the house show, it doesn’t have to be late at night. Listening to Dooley is like reading a really interesting book and immersing yourself into the world of the author’s imagination.
The intro, LaJungleshawty prod. by Soy, is a clever cacophony of diverse samples, intricate harps, and brash statements. Soy is able to transition from Janelle Monae’s Suite II Overture to what sounds like jazzy Quinceanera music and make it sound clean. As for Steezy, he raps like O-Dog acts. He don’t give a fuck! From the rip it’s “nigga gone react chain react with a backslap mac clap if niggas wanna yip yap” and “We do all the bad drugs.” LaJungleshawty is infectious and establishes the tone which will remain largely consistent throughout the EP.
Favorite bar: “Posted on Broad with two broads they gon eat me like a restaurant”
Up next, Wdid prod. by Max Krowntz, a member of the Richmond hip-hop collective Suicide Nets, is an engrossing 3 minutes of vibing. Steezy raises questions that he seemingly doesn’t know the answers to, illuminating what philosophy students already know; that sometimes questions can be more important than answers. In fact, as Max Krowntz’s ominous bells toll in rhythm with grounding drums and encompassing synths, the answers to Steezy’s questions become increasingly irrelevant. Instead, this song asks that we simply ask. Any fans of the Underachievers will appreciate this track.
Favorite bar: “Searching for purpose with Earthlings/I’m so in space with my purple”
Payday prod. by Kee Bangin is a banger. “All i ever really want to do is to party, aye.” Steezy repeats this infectious hook, while the beat bumps with a heavy bass and some intricate snares. It’s got a Trap feel but with that same atmospheric synths that are a mainstay throughout the album. Steezy also displays his ability to switch flows effortlessly and adds some hype adlibs. This is a track that would be lit to peep live.
Favorite Bar: “Drunk of bacardi don’t get me started/ rolled me a blunt smell like I farted”
Greenbacks prod. by Max Krowntz is a chill-hype song (Kinda like this). It’s something you might turn up to quietly. It doesn’t need the booming 808s to get in tune with your inner lituation. Plus the hook is catchy.
Favorite Bar: “They trying to work us like slaves/Fuck that i’m a get paid even if I gotta slay”
Mixem prod. by Kee Bangin sounds like it could have got a guest feature on Council World. I cannot really define this track. It’s not classic Hip-Hop. Its new and experimental and in tune with the type of fluid Hip hop being made by Suicide Nets, Divine Council, and Ver$achi Chachi. Steezy hits a laidback flow almost like he don’t feel like rapping or maybe because he “don’t bust licks” he’s “just a stoner.” This is my favorite cut off the EP and Steezy’s most lyrical performance
Favorite Bar: “I’m no piston but I’m wit it, bless my nina when it sneeze”
Ghetto Blaster prod. by Prince Gravy is A$AP Mobb meets Flatbush Zombies meets Will Steezy. The vibes are darker in this one. The drugs are stronger. Steezy uses a deep voice vocal effect over an indecipherable collection of deep space sounding instruments to achieve the sonic equivalent to the sensation of time during an acid trip.
Favorite Bar: “Robotripping off another flight, everything seems close to me/ I’m a guinea pig, scrabble minded kid but maybe that’s how it’s ‘sposed ta be.”
This EP is not perfect. Steezy could work on the laidback flow he implements often. Sometimes it works but not over everything. Additionally, he sometimes sacrifices lyrics for the sonic vibes. Like reading a book, the vibes could be enhanced with more descriptive lyrics that work to create an atmosphere for the listener. Steezy does this at times, but not throughout.
That being said, I really like this EP. The production is dope. There are trap elements and cloud rap elements that come together for a solid EP. I recommend it for those who like getting medicated musically. But don’t take my word for it, go download it here.