Chivez “Icewear Vezzo” Smith is at a pivotal moment in his career. The self-proclaimed “King of Detroit” recent ascension has been of rap lore. After a brief stint in jail almost derailed any momentum the promising rapper had, Vezzo used the experience to rework his craft and create an impressive string of hits along the way.
Fresh off the much talked about The City Is Mine tape and the controversy surrounding him; the Detroit rapper (by way of Minnesota ) readies his latest opus and third installment to his acclaimed The Clarity Series this summer. SooDetroit brings to you 5 Reasons why The Clarity 3 will be the best of the Clarity trilogy.
“Other than the music progressin’, it’s more like a progression mentally.”—Icewear Vezzo
Vezzo has been candid about his new sense of direction. He stated in a recent interview with SooDetroit that the first Clarity was more about the fulfillment of making music for the sake of his crew. Things didn’t get serious for Vezzo until he dropped the mixtape, Zero Below and later the first installment of The Clarity before jail time tried to stunt his growth.
After being released from jail, Icewear Vezzo decided to put his foot down on the game and wasn’t ready to relinquish it. For his music to reach new horizons, Vezzo knew he had to change his way of thinking–becoming more busy savvy, while putting together a collection of songs that would continue to gain him notoriety.
Icewear Vezzo has been riding a wave of momentum ever since his street single “Money Phone” propelled him to star status beyond the Great Lakes and throughout the Midwest . Vezzo had already enjoyed moderate success with songs like “Dancin'” and “Got It All On Me” from the first Clarity, but it was the aforementioned, “Money Phone” from it’s sequel, The Clarity 2, that really created a lasting impression amongst avid rap fans.
By the time Vezzo released the first two installments of The Clarity, he was already headlining his own concerts at the historic St. Andrew’s Hall and Detroit ‘s radio station 107.5’s Summer Jamz event. The Clarity 3 will be the biggest beneficiary of this momentum, due in part by Vezzo’s name being pretty much ubiquitous throughout the city, and the attention he has garnered courtesy of the media covering his every move.
“The Clarity 3, I stopped catering to everybody as a whole….I’m making [The Clarity 3] for me. I’m making songs I wanna hear.”—Icewear Vezzo
The Clarity 3 finds Vezzo doing something he hasn’t done within his catalog—and that is displaying his writing skills. Clarity 1 and 2 (and everything else he has released), found the Detroit rapper freestyling the majority of his lyrics. Vezzo says, that freestyling was easier for him to channel his creativity (and probably less time-consuming too).
This new strategy finds Vezzo, taking time out to write his lyrics down—which could do more good than harm. Not saying that The Clarity 3 will be without the freestyle technique, but this shows signs of growth and willingness to craft more thought-out material.
While every artist hopes that every song they make can be bigger than the song before it, Vezzo is pretty confident that The Clarity 3 will produce more anthems to add to the list of catchy songs he already has under his belt. The first single “Ghetto Boy” continues to build onto the formula that has worked for him in the past, while staying true to his version of “Ratchet Music” as he so eloquently calls it.
While much has been publicized by media outlets about controversy surrounding Vezzo and his camp. The negativity has only enhanced and heightened his celebrity. Icewear Vezzo will use The Clarity 3 as a platform to address all his detractors, while also silencing fans and critics that called The City Is Mine tape lackluster—despite its big impact upon its release.
THE KING OF DETROIT
“I wanna be King of the World, I don’t wanna be King of Detroit—somebody else can have that.”—Icewear Vezzo
For the current King, Vezzo is setting his ambitions further than the city limits of The D. The title of “King” comes with a heavy price and burden. To appoint oneself as King, he must be ready for all the responsibilities that come with baring that title. Many have opposed to such claims as erroneous and believe that the fame has went to Vezzo’s head, but The Clarity 3 hopes to make that an afterthought, as Icewear Vezzo is primed to protect his thrown.
As only a King would.