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Tee Grizzley Looks at Detroit’s Grim Past for “Teetroit” Video

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Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley is no stranger to vocalizing the struggles he and others continue to face in his hometown. In the music video for his latest single “Teetroit,” the 300 Ent. signee takes us back to a time in Detroit that ultimately changed the state of the city and its minorities forever.

The visual for “Teetroit” features residents from Michigan’s largest city mouthing the words to the song, including those who were witnesses to 1967’s infamous 12th Street Riot. “I remember talkin’ to my granddaddy, he said Detroit ain’t been the same since ’67/If it weren’t for that it’d probably be some money in our family,” Tee raps as footage of the rebellion is shown. During that summer, Detroit became one of many cities to endure tragic and terrifying events near the end of the Civil Rights Movement, and according to Grizzley, the city has “been chaotic since them bombings.” Other cameos in “Teetroit” include Detroit influencers Page Kennedy and Meech On Mars. The edited track will be included in the soundtrack for the upcoming film Detroit, based on real life events during that year. The film hits theaters Friday (Aug. 4).

The 23-year-old shared some of his hardships with us during his in-depth interview this past April. The My Moment emcee told XXL he grew up in “an abusive household” with “a lot of drugs coming in and out of there.” These days, Tee is preparing to drop his debut album Activated, and has been working on music with Young Thug and Meek Mill, who is featured on the remix of his debut single “First Day Out,” which has yet to be released.

Watch “Teetroit” below.

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