First Day Out was the standout track that introduced the world to Tee Grizzley. A track known for it's hard hitting drums and street feel, First Day Out left no room for error yet enough room for Tee Grizzley to paint a vivid picture. And from start to finish Tee Grizzley executed..
The intro is one of the most interesting parts to this song because it is mostly him rapping before the beat fully comes in. This reminds me of when Meek Mill dropped the "Dreams and Nightmares Intro" and how he rapped for over a 1:30 before the beat came in. Tee Grizzley kills this part of the song. You can feel his pain in this part of the song and he makes you feel like your actually in the kitchen over the the stove and that your actually in the courtroom looking at the judge. The first 4 bars alone are crazy.
Go get a thermometer for the pot, I need this shit cooked right
When the beat does come in it's just pure energy and turn up. I think it's this anticipation almost like watching someone "waltz" that makes this track a hit. Even though this track is Produced by Hulluva Beats a Detroit based producer, it sounds so West Coast and has a Bay Area vibe to it. I like that Tee Grizzley is able to match the vibe of the track from slow building, to in your face gritty feel.
The track it's self is just a little over 4:14 which is a little bit over average. The craziest part about the this is that their is only one verse on the whole track. So how does he fill up a track with only one verse and a 4 bar hook that is only repeated twice? Tee Grizzley does a great job of finding pockets in the song that both fill in time as well as emphasizes the moments in the song that speak the loudest. It's these moments that make you as the listener forget that the hook hasn't been came in since the beginning of the song.
Summary: I think Tee Grizzley says it best, that it's the build up and anticipation of the beat combined with the vivid story telling that makes this track such a breakout hit and worthy to be on Now That's What I Call Hits 2017.
Highest Billboard Position: 48
Current Billboard Position: NOT ON CHART
Weeks on Billboard: 20