This took me sometime to critic, but it was definitely worth the time spent. With that said, when you think of Las Vegas a few things come to mind; women, gambling, alcohol, but Hip-Hop doesn’t really resonate. For me, up until a few months ago, the only thing I associated with Vegas and Hip-Hop was the unfortunate shooting of the late great Tupac Shakur. However, now my mind quickly shouts Dizzy Wright. The 21 year old Las Vegas native is still relatively unheard of out side of his somewhat “infamous” city, but it’s time we all start taking note. His style is very mature for his age; where most of his peers are addressing the lavish life that hip-hop exudes Dizzy is a bit more down to earth. The fact that he is a proud father might have something to do with it, or it could just be something burns deep with in the young emcee. He is a member of Funk Volume, a independent label which also represents a member of the newly crowned XXL freshman list, Hopsin. I randomly remember seeing Dizzy on BET for some freestyle competition back when, but never pursued his music. One day, I some how came across a video on Youtube titled “Solo Dolo” and let it play; I was instantly hooked and wanted more music from Wright. I quickly came upon “Hit Me When You Coming” and “Happy” and I was instantly hooked. I got wind through his twitter account that he would release his second mixtape entitled “SmokeOut Conversations,” surprisingly enough on April 20th. I did some more back search and gathered enough music to hold me over; now that the Vegas emcee has ignited his newly rolled joint, why don’t we see if in fact we can vibe out to his project or if is more hash then hemp.
Production – 2.5/5
On a production level I have very mixed feelings, and I question Dizzy’s beat selection more than anything else. I feel that he is talented enough to make any beat work for him, but it just seems as though some of the joints on the album didn’t favor him. Listeners can obviously hear Dizzy’s potential and talent, but at times not even his skills can get you passed some of the horrible sounds. The majority of the album is produced by in house beat maker Rikio who I have personally never heard of. Other Names that get production credit are Sub-Zero and Dj Hoppa who both give Dizzy Wright’s vocals a much better canvas to paint on. There are no real dance party/hype type beats on the project, and that’s a small let down, because it would be nice to see what Dizzy sounds like on a beat like that. His style however, is complemented well on a few tracks with mellow chords, piano keys and low volume drums. As I previously mentioned, the young Las Vegas emcee has a very lay back and inspiration sounds. The beats try to add to that but the substance just seems to get watered down because of some lackluster sounds. I expect this to change overtime with the overall development of Funk volume and its roster.
Lyrics – 3.5/5
I’m a hush fan of lyrical hip-hop, the tales told by emcees pull me in and consume my listening experience. For the young Las Vegas emcee, one if his strengths is his ability to tell a story, something that is greatly lacking in today’s Hip-Hop. He has a very personal and heartfelt tale to tell, he understands that his words are more than just that; Dizzy can paint a perfect picture with his similes, metaphors and entendres. He speaks on real life events and how he has managed to overcome life’s obstacles. I could do without his constant weed talk, but for the most part the content addressed by Dizzy is honest and real. He has a remarkable flow and can mold his style to almost any track. He addresses the haters, the lechers, his family problems and the hardships that come alone with becoming a rap star all on this project. He spits bars like “Fuck going to jail, I got bills to pay my everyday life make me feel this way, but can you blame me? Hang me up and frame me tried to keep smiling, but the smiles be shady”… On a track were he verbally trashes those fake people who try to bring him down. He continues the lyrical dominance with bars like, “See ni**as just wanna hustle and rap, Rap music got bitch ni**as in love with the trap. Me, I got that shit to make the government mad. Pussy ni**a, how thuggin is that?” Which helps give a small insight into how Dizzy feels about his music. For me the best example of lyricism on the projects is on “Accept my Flaws”. The Song is a story with two sides, one where a pregnant girlfriend talks to here boyfriend about here worries. Her boyfriend has just seen his best friend shot by a rival gang and wants to retaliate. Of course, the boyfriend has his own side and weights in on the matter with anger. I think it’s just an amazing display of story telling and I simple wish he would have gave us a Third verse.
Songs – 3.2/5
I enjoyed the majority of the songs on the project and felt Dizzy did a good job as a whole on this offering. For many people this is his “coming out party” and for many, “Solo Dolo” served as his first real single. It does not disappoint at all, the following “Can’t Trust Em” deals with the, me against the world mentality. “Get Back” and “Fuck Your Opinion” are all cut from the same cloth and show just how good Dizzy can be. However, tracks like “You Don’t Want that Love” and “Who Got the Chronic” just seem like they should have been left on the cutting room floor. Also, “Who Want It” Featuring Funk Volume label mate Swizzz and “Take My Time” just don’t do it for me beat wise. I seem to want to listen to the words but can’t get over the sound. I really enjoyed “Frustrated” and “Assumptions,” but without a doubt my favorite song on the album had to be the short but powerful “Accept My Flaws.” Chelle being one of only two features contributes wonderfully on the track and even offers a enormous hand on the title track, “Smoke out Conversations.” Another feature maybe by Hopsin, or an up-tempo track that could show Dizzy’s versatility would have been perfect. I fell in love with the music because of the message and depth, but I could help but want just a little bit of ignorance to go along.
Conclusion – 3.1/5
I really enjoyed this project, for most I know it will be the first time they will ever hear Dizzy Wright. His self proclaimed comparison to the late great Tupac Shakur is a bit over the top, but hey might as well shoot for the stars right? He is however, extremely talented. He obviously has room to grow in both beat selection and overall evolution of skills. Young emcees are a dime a dozen, good young emcees are a bit more rare. It’s nice to see that Las Vegas has a claim to fame in hip-hop now other than that of a fatal shooting. This offering give great insight into what type of artist Dizzy will be, I hate comparisons, so I will stay away from them. He gives us a new and different point of view that had been developed and created by his unique experiences only Dizzy grew up having. However, those experiences can have a sound affect and can be easy to relate to by hundreds of listeners out there right now. I look at this project as a real introduction, there are highs and lows but for the most part he is on an even teal. Let’s hope we can expect much more from the LV emcee in the future, and that he stayed true to himself and does not get cause up in the hype that is mainstream hip-hop.
You can purchase Dizzy Wright’s SmokeOut Conversations on iTunes, here or you can hit up the Funk Volume Youtube channel and listen to the project, here.
Review by Edgar Gomez for Defsounds.com