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BALLGREEZY MIAMI, FL

Words by ANTHONY ROBERTS

With Florida thug ambassadors like Trick Daddy and Rick Ross having laid a solid foundation before him, Ballgreezy is looking to take the baton, or should I say mic, and run with it. The 20-something year-old rapper from the Sunshine State has earned his share of stripes doing “this and that” in the streets and is now set to earn stripes in the rap game. With a loyal and continually growing fan base, the Miami emcee is looking to prove that, even though D. Wade and his squad may have fallen off this year, the city’s still got some serious heat. “[Rap] was something I grew up around. One day a nigga gave me a beat and dared me to do something on it… I did it so good that niggas started saying I should take this seriously,” he says of his impromptu beginnings in the game. He describes his style simply as “real.” Although he’s been spitting since the age of 15, it wasn’t until a number of years later that he released his own Straight Drop mixtape. Though he attributes the long layoffs to his unwillingness to divorce himself from the streets, he’s now focused on his rap career 100% and is looking to milk the game for all it’s worth. “I’m versatile; I can do it all. I don’t even know if they have a category for me,” boasts the dreadheaded rapper. “This music shit is like this street shit. You get out of it what you can while you’re in it. Rappers don’t influence me by what they say; I’m inspired by what they got. I’m more impressed with their status.” Having just released his Before The Deal mixtape, which will serve as a prequel to his as-yet-untitled debut LP on Iconz Music Group, Ballgreezy is aiming to have his name in lights and position himself amongst the best dudes doing it, bar none. “With your first album, you can’t go wrong. It’s gotta be a classic. I want people to be like, ‘That’s a classic that nigga put out,” he explained. “I wanna be able to compete with the best. Even if you’re not the best right now but you’re on your way, I can fuck with you. Watch your back; I’m coming.” www.myspace.com/officialballgreezymyspace

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