OMB Peezy


Born in the buckle of the Bible Belt — Mobile, Alabama native OMB Peezy has had his fair share  of hardships. However, rather than fall victim to faux parables, OMB Peezy created his own lane  to hip-hop stardom by talking about the only thing that matters—the truth. Yet, like any great  prophet, Peezy used these struggles to guide him. When he was 12, his mother picked up and  moved their life across the country to Sacramento, California. Instead of hiding his pain, he  stayed connected to his Alabama roots and let the trauma fuel his music. In fact, it was that  traumatic move and introspective approach to his music that would lead him to catch the  attention of one of hip-hop’s legends, E-40, and ink his first record deal. When asked what led to  his initial connection with E-40, Peezy highlights that it was his ability to dig deep into himself  lyrically so that his rhymes humanize those who think like him. “He liked how I was telling my  story. How I was narrating my life,” Peezy said in regard to E-40. “Anyone can talk about killing.  He liked that I would talk about what led me to do those bad things.”  

Peezy would then go on to grab the world’s attention. After releasing his breakthrough single,  “Lay Down,” in 2016, he signed with 300 Entertainment to drop his debut EP, Humble  Beginnings. Standout tracks like “Doin Bad” featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again laid the  foundation for Peezy to showcase his hustle. He followed up Humble Beginnings with the  Sherwood Marty collaborative mixtape, Young & Reckless, before dropping the aptly titled tape,  Preacher to the Streets, in 2018. Preacher to the Streets took OMB Peezy’s career to new  heights. The acclaimed project was an accumulation of Peezy’s talent and the respect he had  generated. This admiration was displayed by the project’s star-studded appearances which  included Boosie Badazz, T.I., Lil Durk, G-Eazy, and more.  

In 2020 Peezy would then go on to release his mixtape, In The Meantime, which housed fan favorite “Sleep At Night”. Released at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the mixtape was  music for fans to listen to “in the meantime” while he continued to work on what would become  his debut album Too Deep For Tears. The album would also include a remix to his viral single  “Big Homie”, with the original amassing over 31 million views, Peezy would then tap Sniper  Gang’s Jackboy and the late King Von for the album cut. Too Deep For Tears also features Blac  Youngsta, Jacquees, and Rylo Rodriguez and continues Peezy’s realistic outlook on life. Not  only does he grieve the death of his former label situation, but the rapper also deals with the  loss of his grandmother throughout the album and the perils of the justice system. “My cousin  Timothy Milton. … They gave him 99 years for a robbery,” Peezy said when explaining his  album’s title. “From the outside looking in, I’m like ‘Damn, 99 years for a robbery?’ But on the  inside looking out, he’s like ‘It’s my fault.’ … He was like ‘Shit, it’s too deep for tears.’” 

This summer, OMB Peezy is set to release his new mixtape Misguided which will feature the  previously released single “Mufasa” ft. G Herbo be hosted by DJ Drama, giving the tape the  Gangsta Grillz stamp of approval. The mixtape title is centered around Peezy’s feeling that his  generation doesn’t have OG’s like they used to and that there’s a lack of education being  passed down to the youth on how to navigate life and make better choices. Through his music,  Peezy touches on the lessons he’s learned the hard way and even some of the current trials  and tribulations he’s currently working through every day. 

In rap, being revered and being a legend are two different things. Being revered in hip-hop can  be a short-lived experience. People admire your ascension, loathe your reign, and applaud your  fall. En route to gaining the quick flame of fame, one might have to compromise themselves and  their story to be accepted. Yet, OMB Peezy was able to evade these hoops and hurdles by  simply relying on the truth. By recalling his life like The Gospel, “Pastor P” (as he’s known on  social media) has become a pillar in Alabama’s bubbling hip-hop scene. He’s also blazed a trail  from Mobile to Sacramento that will allow him to speak life to stories outside of music while  becoming the legend he’s destined to be. And unlike the fast feeling of being revered, to be a  legend in hip-hop is to have an everlasting life. 

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