Drop Yuh – [Valee]

Valee has been stealthily rising through the ranks of Chicago’s Rap scene, but the moves he’s making are truly impacting the entire industry overall. His cadences are unlike anyone else doing it today or even previously, his demeanor suggests he really doesn’t care at all, but his lyricism suggests he works harder than 99% of his competition. Although some of his songs can sound similar considering he typically tries to keep things as minimalistic as possible, his wordplay is always inventive and even if some of the topics aren’t make or break things, he challenges himself to come up with new ways of delivering otherwise overplayed themes.

Although he’s been teasing a new project which would be much appreciated in this current state of the world, we haven’t received it quite yet. What he did gift us with while we waited was a new song called “Drop Yuh” and a visual to complement it. The track boasts out of this world synths, raspy claps and snares, and heavy 808s per usual. Valee utilizes his uncharacteristic flows, spitting a few words and pausing to emphasize the points he’s making throughout his lyrics. Some of these points include the drugs he’s taking and the effects they have on him, the activities he partakes in with various women, and imaginative new ways of talking about harsh acts of violence. His words and delivery are somewhat comedic per usual, but the wordplay is as original as ever. It’s intriguing to me because others don’t even try to attempt to recreate this considering it’s pretty much impossible for anyone else to do it like him.

The visual is as minimal as the song, taking place in what looks like an overflow lot for some construction materials. Although there’s not a single visual effect throughout its entirety, Valee’s personality is vivid enough to bring this video to new dimensions. With his neutral-colored designer clothing, he moves around to a few different backdrops. These include a shot of Valee sitting on a pile of wooden pallets, another on a pile of twigs, and the last is him standing on a neon orange sign, smoking a blunt throughout the whole visual.

It sometimes feels as if Valee wakes up and just feels like shooting a video sometimes, so he and his videographer just find an empty place and finish everything up in less than an hour. I have no problems with this because he has never been one to be flashy or boisterous with his immediate persona, but rather stunts on people with his lyricism and subtle luxurious possessions. At the end of the day, I’d rather consistently get crisp videos that are simple and along these lines than one or two visuals a year that he tries to go all out for. That’s just not who he is as an artist, and I think that makes him stand out way more in the current climate of Rap music than anything else. Considering “Drop Yuh” is barely over a minute long, you should have no excuses to check it out as soon as you see this, so stop what you’re doing and tune in to Valee’s latest offering.

Words by Danny Adams