Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley releases new documentary 'Off Parole'

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KAHN SANTORI DAVISON
  • Kahn Santori Davison

Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley knows about struggle – and facing the consequences.

The west side rapper had interest in music growing up, but it wasn't until he landed in prison in 2014 after a string of dormitory robberies during his stint at Michigan State University that Tee began feverishly writing songs. Upon his release in October 2016, Tee released his debut single "First Day Out" — which to date has amassed nearly 100 million views on YouTube and has been certified Platinum.
Tee's visceral dialogue of life in the streets has launched the 24-year-old rapper into the spotlight, resulting in collaborations with some of rap music's biggest stars like Chance the Rapper and Migos' Offset and Quavo. But that only tells part of Grizzley's perceived rags to riches story.



In the new documentary Off Parole, which dropped on Wednesday, we see a raw (and to some, familiar) side to the rapper that speaks to his childhood struggles and his life after prison.
Just 15 minutes in length, Off Parole features appearances from City of Detroit Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and Detroit producer Helluva, who both speak to Grizzley's power and relatability, especially within disenfranchised communities.

You can watch Off Parole below:




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