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THE 312: LADY EMCEE DREEZY SHINES AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

Dreezy is a study in extremes. She’s short and tiny, but when she talks, she sounds big. She’s sweet, almost shy, in person, but when she gets on stage or in front of the camera, the swagger is palpable.

Case in point: She’s the only lady in the BET hip-hop awards digital cypher, which released last week and showcases her rapping over beats provided by the legendary DJ Scratch.

These cyphers are one of the most-discussed parts of the hip-hop awards, which air Oct. 14. And given the dearth of females charting in rap, her inclusion in that space is huge. But it’s something to be expected from the same South Side emcee whose lyricism is so swift and substantive that Common asked her to be a featured artist for the song “Hustle Harder” on his latest album, “Nobody’s Smiling.”

“Dreezy’s exactly the kind of talent we look to include in the BET Cyphers; lyrical, witty and superior ability,” says Jesse Collins, executive producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards. “When she did the cypher, she delivered. She’s Chicago’s own now, but she’s about to be a star. ”

Quite a few are abuzz about that cypher and wondering aloud just who Dreezy is. Though she’s been releasing music since 2012, she caught on in a big way after releasing her remix of Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb’s spring hit “Chiraq,” and many even said that her verses were meatier than Minaj’s. Even better: Dreezy is from Chicago and has roots in Chatham.

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