Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process – Album Review

Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process (2015)

Dizzy Wright has been holding it down with his new age weed rap for a minute now. Compared to the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Bone-Thugz-N-Harmony, Dizzy strives to spread positive vibes with marijuana anthems, storytelling verses and a laidback persona. In his debut Funk Volume album, The Growing Process, Dizzy provides just that, but somewhat falters in other aspects.

The initial vibe of the album starts slow and relaxed; comprised of classic Dizzy Wright joints that prompt chill smoke sessions and soul meditation. “Higher Learning” opens the album speaking of Dizzy’s chip on his shoulder; he feels that less talented rappers receive more recognition and influence on the masses. The guitar instrumental remains one of my favorite on the project.  “No Time is Better” preaches inspiration through a beautifully accomplished gospel feel. The Growing Process then proceeds into an intoxicating, gritty feel with “Don’t Ever Forget”. The instrumental is ridiculously filthy, but the energy in the delivery of the verses underwhelm. Subsequently, “I Can Tell You Need It” is signature Dizzy; spreading love over a smooth beat.

Majority of The Growing Process consists of a slower, pensive ambiance. Reagardless, Dizzy displays adequate diversity by experimenting with less familiar vibes. “Explain Myself” is an exclusively Funk Volume cypher with high energy, and easily one of the best tracks on the album. The banger “Floyd Money Mayweather” flips the album upside down; unfortunately, the hook disappoints whereas the beat and energy do not.  These slaps demonstrate that Dizzy can switch up his energy level and still deliver bars.

The Growing Process features great verses from Big KRIT, Tech N9NE, Krayzie Bone, Mod Sun, Hopsin, Jarron Benton, and not so great features from Berner (don’t get me wrong I support Berner and respect him as an entrepreneur, but I don’t think his bars are anything special), Layzie Bone (no pun intended but his verse sounded lazy) and Swizzz (his flow is fire but the high voice is bothersome). The production includes in-house Funk Volume producers in addition to others, and generally impresses.

Lyrically, Dizzy speaks about real shit; despite this, his bars are occasionally boring. He uses too many echo verses. His progressive story telling abilities within verses are hit and miss. Track 3, “Can I Feel This Way”, encompasses the stereotypical FV feeling:

It’s only one race and that’s the human race // So that’s what I plan to teach my kids // Respond to these fools with silence // As I’m giving y’all the growing process

I applaud his message, and imagine his delivery as a phenomenal spoken word poet, but the overall product as a rap song remains incomplete.

In addition, some of his bars seem too preachy and a bit corny, which is likely the product of Hopsin’s influence. Moreover, he repeats his subject content a lot; weed, positive vibes, living as an independent artist, etc. I would have liked to see more progression from the exceptional Golden Age mixtape to now; it seems that Dizzy cannot escape these thematic tropes.

Nevertheless, The Growing Process transpires as a quality product. Dizzy Wright’s future in hip hop remains optimistic, but he must further develop his aptitude for stylistic transformation.

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