Meet Dreezy: Chicago's Black Girl Magic With A Mic

Published July 15th

Dreezy was born Seandrea Sledge, but is professionally known as the finest lyricist out of Chicago’s new generation. At just 22 years old, she spits and sings with a veteran’s seasoning. Before any fame, Dreezy was a writer. As the daughter of divorced parents, she constantly moved around her native city. Unhappy with the instability, she used writing to escape. Secluded in her bedroom, the future budding rap star would pen everything from poems, to short stories, to songs. In school, she would study various forms of music and artists. Ella Fitzgerald was a pivotal influence in Dreezy’s early development – she’d even learned to scat. She became such a prodigy that she would earn the opportunity to perform at the legendary House of Blues. Although she was well-schooled in dance and singing, as puberty changed her voice, she began putting her energy into rap.

Dreezy was a very rebellious child. She often ran away, constantly searching for her own answers to life. Occasionally, that search lead her towards trouble. One prime example was when she was caught stealing from a store. Her father – the disciplinarian in her life – furiously grounded her for three months. He took away her cell phone, TV, radio and all social privileges. All Dreezy was left with was a CD of instrumentals. For the next three months, she wrote to every beat in her possession. The result was her very first mixtape: The Illustration.  

Chicago’s hip-hop scene began to take notice of the girl who was better than most boys. Dreezy would collab with native notables like Sasha Go Hard (“I Ain’t No Hitta”) and Lil Durk (“Ghost”). Then she dropped the first mixtape to showcase her songwriting gift: early 2014’s Schizo. The player offered the same raw, emotionally diverse lyrics written by that little girl holed up in her South Side bedroom. The composition would fuel Dreezy’s tipping point, which came a couple months later. The very night that Nicki Minaj released her song “Chiraq” with local artist Lil Bibby, Ms. Seandrea decided to immediately write her own version. By the next day, Dreezy’s update had Chicago streets ablaze. Once the video was released, Dreezy’s name spread across the country, grabbing the attention of fans and artists. When Trey Songz came to perform in Chicago later that year, he made sure to bring Dreezy out to perform her popular remix.

A year later, Dreezy would be signed to Interscope by its President of Urban Music Joie Manda. Soon after forming an organic friendship with Dej Loaf, the label cut a track with the two future superstars, resulting in the infectious “Serena.” Her next collab struck gold as the stellar Jeremih-graced “Body” is now a hit, setting up Dreezy for her major label debut No Hard Feelings. The 19-track winner is an exhibition of a fully-maturated Dreezy. Her pen game, singing and rhyme flows are better than ever. Whether bragging alongside Gucci Mane or crooning with T-Pain, the cocoa wonder belies her age. It was already a known fact that there wasn’t a female in Chi-Town that could get near Dreezy’s rap bars. This album begins her strong campaign for the Queen of Hip-Hop heir.

Written by Bonsu Thompson

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