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Written by Aidan Werder
Last month, one of Chicago’s most promising and controversial emerging talents, BigKayBeezy dropped “Walk Down” - a monster single with a perfectly incorporated feature from the red-hot Pooh Shiesty that has quietly racked up over 2M views in under a month.
Everything about “Walk Down” is well executed: from the hook, to the video, to the feature. The track’s distinct, hauntingly calm melodic production is instantly compelling and somehow perfectly blends with BigKayBeezy’s signature raspy vocals and distinct flow pattern. Pooh Shiesty showed up with his best on “Walk Down”, delivering a top notch verse and appearing alongside BigKayBeezy in the video.
The Josh Jones directed visual is definitely eye-catching, at different times depicting BigKayBeezy welding, counting money, covering up some pretty conspicuous crimes, and even posing as the hands of a clock - which is unexpected and weirdly kind of cool of him to see him do.
For a little background, BigKayBeezy first gained a wider audience early in 2020 with his viral single “Bookbag” - catching eyes and ears with his distinct, relentless flow, intricate punchy bars, and his unique hairstyle - and of the course the song’s unmissable opening line: “I don’t got no pencil or pen in this bookbag”. The remix “Bookbag 2.0” features the newly A-list Chicago legend, Polo G and has been viewed over 17M times.
Despite some legal troubles in 2020, BigKayBeezy has managed to consistently drop quality music - carving out his own unique lane in the Chicago sound between other artists like Lil Durk, King Von, G Herbo, Polo G, Calboy, and others. In 2020 he released two impressive projects, GG4L and Bad Intentions - which showed a huge range of different sounds with tracks like “Touchdown” “Christmas Spirit 2.0” “Nappy Headed” and “Bad Intentions”. More recently, he’s back with new music - dropping singles like “Don Juan Pt. 2”, “Heartless” “Beatbox Freestyle” and now “Walk Down” with Pooh Shiesty.
One insight that hasn’t been discussed much: is that BigKayBeezy evokes a similar energy to the fallen Chicago legend, King Von. While there are distinct differences between the Chicago-native artists, Beezy has a similar aggressive tone and punctuated flow as Von and even Lil Durk in some songs - tapping into a similar, dangerous energy and authentic Chicago sound - but in his own unique and compelling way. BigKayBeezy has already shown that his distinct style has a wide range, and it will be exciting to see where he takes it next.