In the last few weeks, we have bar witness to shocking, deplorable crimes committed by authorities against the people they are supposed to be protecting, and now as a united society, we are saying enough. The release of Tezzy's new single "f*ck da police" could not have come at a better time. Hailing from Chicago, IL, Tezzy is a rapper that has been inspired by Chicago's different neighborhoods that he has infused into his thought-provoking rhymes.
"F*ck da Police" starts with a common narrative of two black men wondering why the police have pulled them over, yet again. Calling out the many forms of authoritative figures, Tezzy blatantly raps about the injustices, and the travesties inflicted on society's black population by police. Poignant lyrics like: " they ask me where the drugs is, I ain't got shit on my brain, they be holding onto their guns askin why we runnin," "how we duckin bullets in hoods and duckin y'all shots, saxophones look like shotguns? come on ya'll stop," and "cops always get away, who the hell be their judges?" speaks magnitudes about the heartbreaking reality so many live with. The soundscape is peppered with a saddened harmonic tune while the beat drops alongside Tezzy's honest and charged rhymes. Tezzy leaves his heart on "F*ck da Police," as his lyrical rhymes ignite the listener with a sense of responsibility to rise up and heed the movement of BLM. Listen today to "F*ck da Police" here.
Hello Tezzy and welcome to BuzzMusic. Your latest song "F*ck da Police" emotionally underlines the depravity and violence that has been inflicted upon the black community. What do you hope listeners gain from this piece? Honestly, when creating the song, I never thought about how listeners would feel listening to it; or what they would gain. The song came from a place of anger. I originally wrote the song back in 2016, I was just scrolling through twitter and it was trending that a black man had been murdered by the police. I sat there and wrote half a verse at that exact moment. I went to sleep, and when I woke up, there was news that another black man was killed by the police. Hence, the line, “They just took another life ‘fore I could write this shit”. If I really had to say what I wanted listeners to gain, it would be perspective. I want listeners to listen and feel exactly how I feel being a young black man in America.
How long have you been making music and how has it evolved since you first started? I’ve been making music for about 12 years. I’ve only been recording what I’ve been making for about 2-3 years though. In my opinion, my music has evolved immensely. My first songs were just about me trying to showcase my flow and being witty. Maybe about the first 25 songs I ever recorded were just all bars, no breaks, pauses, or hooks. It wasn’t until I started to speak about my life, and what was going on around me I realized what music could do. I started speaking from the heart about real situations and people would literally cry as they listened. At that moment is where I realized what kind of artist I wanted to be. You mentioned your music is a product of the different neighborhoods you've lived in Chicago? You've clearly gained something unique from each one, is there a theme that remains the same in each community? We’ve always stayed in some of the worst places there are to live in Chicago, so it always seemed like it was exactly the same just different scenery and neighbors. It was always high crime, violence, and people who looked like us struggling just the same. In every neighborhood we’ve ever lived in I could always find somebody who reminded me of someone else from another place we lived in. We are finally seeing a call to action against police departments, to dismantle and reconstruct. What are your reactions to the protests and petitions we have seen in recent days?
Although violent and very destructive, I feel it’s necessary. It’s only so much that people can take before they finally snap. I just feel like this was the breaking point. How many times are people expected to see a black man murdered on film before they lose it? Not only murdered on film but murdered by the same people you are supposed to call to protect you. It’s at a point now where it feels like it can be any one of us. Comedian Jay Pharaoh was just approached by a bunch of police officers with guns out and forced on the ground they had their knee on his neck as well all for for “mistaken identity”. Enough is enough. The riots have already incited change, you have several companies coming out now speaking up for the black community. There have been black people murdered by police before, those murders were followed by peaceful protest. Nothing really changed as far as these big companies speaking out and supporting our efforts. Now when people start to riot you have companies like 2k incorporating “Black Lives Matter” Tees that can be worn in-game. And uber who now wants to show you restaurants that are black-owned. I’m not sure how much things will change in the future but that’s a good start if you ask me.