Icewear Vezzo’s 20th Release Reinforces Rap Royalty Status and Amplifies His Connection to the Community
In Detroit’s energetic and ever evolving hip-hop scene, one figure stands out for his resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to his community: Icewear Vezzo. Seamlessly adding entrepreneur and devoted family man to his resume, Vezzo has metamorphosed into a living legend of Detroit while continuously pleasing his fans with fresh music, compelling collaborations, and quotable lyrics. With the release of his newest album, “Live From the 6,” Vezzo not only solidifies his position as a central figure in the city’s musical scenery but also emphasizes his profound bond with his hometown, Detroit.
“Live From the 6” marks Vezzo’s 20th release over the course of his impressive decade-long career, and he emphasizes that this time, things are different. Hailing from East McNichols (also know as 6 Mile), the rapper reveals that he has reached a new level of comfort in sharing his personal narrative on this project, delving deeper into his own story than ever before.
“I don’t usually rap about my entrepreneurship,” Vezzo explained. “There are a lot of experiences in my life that I’ve gone through but never really addressed in my music. I usually make music for the guys in the trenches who like to have turn up and have fun. With this project, I felt ready to share my story. I’ve become more comfortable with it. I’ve never shared my story before because I was still living it. This time I was able to take myself out of my story and look at my story and figure out a way to tell that story. We are giving free game and bringing fans into my life and the things I encountered in my neighborhood.”
Beyond the beats and rhymes, Vezzo’s devotion to Detroit shines brightly through his actions. One notable initiative accompanying the album’s release was Vezzo partnering with the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), offering free rides on 6 Mile bus routes in exchange for downloads of his album. This innovative approach not only celebrates his own achievements but also gives back to the very city that raised him, demonstrating his commitment to uplifting his community in tangible ways.
Vezzo explained, “We’re just trying to make people’s lives easier, if we can, somehow, some way. I’m a big fan of giving back, and I’ve been doing it for years. I don’t post a lot of the stuff that I do. In the midst of getting ready to drop the project, we were trying to think of a bunch of ways to help on the side as well. My manager came up with the idea [to cover bus fares], and I loved it as soon as I heard it.”
Vezzo emphasized the significance of launching the album “Live from the 6” by returning to his roots in his old neighborhood and visiting Zorba’s Coney Island, providing fans with an up-close celebration. Demonstrating his strong ties to the city and its influence on his new album, he explained that Zorba’s holds a crucial place in his life, forming an integral piece of the puzzle that is his artistic expression.
“It’s been love since I was a shorty,” Vezzo expressed. “The owner Donna always showed us love, treated us good, and chastised us as well. She didn’t just let us do anything or say anything. She gave us another outlook on things. She protected us and I love Donna. We turned up and made Zorba’s famous. We turned it into a real Detroit Landmark.”
As Vezzo reminisces about the memories from his past, his connection to Detroit becomes even more apparent. The new album stays true to the authentic Detroit sound, but the elevation is evident. Signed to Quality Control, he demonstrates that his talent is on par with label mates such as Quavo, City Girls, and Lil Yachty. However, he maintains a relatable persona, inspiring through his music, approach to production, delivery, marketing, and business, all while cultivating a dedicated cult following.
“Live From the 6” bursts into life with the explosive track “Class of 2024,” where Vezzo seamlessly blends bold production with his trademark swagger. This track serves as a fitting opener showing that even in 2024, Vezzo has been keeping up the momentum. Throughout the album, Vezzo showcases his versatility, notably collaborating with artists like DaBaby on “Perfect” and “Motion” remix with Babyface Ray.
“Live From the 6” not only serves as a testament to Vezzo’s personal journey but also encapsulates the spirit of Detroit. Through his music, he pays homage to the streets that raised him, celebrating its resilience, grit, and unwavering spirit. Each track on the album is a testament to the trials and triumphs of Detroit, reflecting the city’s ethos through Vezzo’s lyrical prowess and sonic innovation.
As Icewear Vezzo continues to grip audiences with his music, “Live From the 6” serves as a poignant testament to the transformative power of art. It not only mirrors the environment that shaped him but also offers insights into his journey navigating those very streets. With unwavering dedication to his craft and a profound commitment to Detroit, Vezzo exemplifies the essence of a true artist and entrepreneur. His work underscores music’s ability to ignite change and foster unity within communities, even in the face of adversity.