Cut from the equally grimy and accessible cloth of area legends like Dr. Dre and DJ Quik, rising Los Angeles rapper Trizz's new album, The Attic, is a murky, musically rich, and altogether thrilling ride through the city’s darker corners.
The 10-track release serves as the follow-up to his great 2017 album, Ashes N Dust, which was actually part one in a three-part series that will continue later this year with, The Basement. While that album promises to have a lighter mood and atmosphere, Trizz fully embraces the darkness on The Attic, and we’re all the better for it.
Armed with his methodical rhymes and brutally honest lyrics, the L.A. emcee has put together a gripping listen from front to back. And it couldn’t possibly have a better opening cut than “Static”, a wonderfully gritty banger that wouldn’t sound out of place amongst Dre’s best modern efforts. That sentiment carries on throughout the rest of the project, as does the aforementioned Quik influence heard in the bounce of instant standouts like “Ride To” and “All Day Long”. The latter is actually one of the album’s lighter moments, perhaps serving as a nod toward what we’ll hear on his next effort.
Trizz also shines when switching up his flow on “Late Night” and when diving into the murkiness of “86”, which features guest vocals from T.F. Other features include Tech N9ne affiliate Twisted Insane, Radio Base, Traffic, Cal-E-Clipz, and Bobby B, while the production lineup is rounded out by OSYM, Banana Beats, Cio, Artillery, and Pomona Drey. Their contributions add a bit more depth to already weighty effort that, despite its world-weary sound, absolutely bangs and proves Trizz has something to say. It’s about time we all listened up.