Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley scored a viral hit with his debut single, "First Day Out," which appeared on YouTube in late 2016.
Originally part of the Allstars BallHard crew and known as ASBH Tee, he served a jail sentence of nearly three years for charges of armed robbery. After being released, he recorded the harrowing, slow-burning "First Day Out" with producer Helluva
. The song was a regional hit and racked up millions of views and streams. Its success led to Grizzley signing a deal with 300 Entertainment
, supported by major-label Atlantic
. A handful of singles were released during the first few months of 2017, including "From the D to the A," featuring Lil Yachty
. The commercial mixtape My Moment arrived that April and debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 44, despite no guest appearances to boost its profile. Following a few more singles, Grizzley and Chicago rapper Lil Durk
released the collaborative mixtape Bloodas in December 2017. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi