Pesh Milli – Back Outside
Brooklyn-based rapper Pesh Milli recently announced his forthcoming EP, What Can I Say – which is set for release on March 3, 2023 on Blue Collar Records. Today, Pesh is thrilled to share the incredible video for a standout track from the collection, “Back Outside.” The third track to be shared from his upcoming EP follows on the heels of previously released singles “Spicy” and “Another One.” The “Spicy” video, which already has an impressive 80K views on YouTube, has been receiving additional airplay on BET Jams, BET Hip-Hop, MTV VOD and LA-TV.
Speaking on the song, Pesh Milli had this to say: “I felt like after a long while of people not being able to do what they want and being able to be free, I felt like I was finally back to normal. I could visit my people, go to my clubs and restaurants, and this was the first beat Grizz and I had done together. Grizz sent me a bunch of samples he had at the time, and none of them were really hitting. But one day randomly I’m chillin in the crib and I went back thru the beats, Grizz gave me these really dreamy keys and a melody. I took what he did and ran with it, I knew I wanted there to a Pierre Bourne bounce to it and I arranged the 808’s and drums. I wanted the hook to represent that feeling of getting back to normal. ”
About Pesh Milli:
“Every time I step out the booth, they’re like: Pesh, that’s another one!” is the addictive hook at the heart of rising rapper Pesh Milli’s latest rousing hood anthem “Another One”. And it is a sentiment that reflects the hyper confident mindset of this artist, who feels he is destined to become the next superstar to make it out of the fabled grounds of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
With a three-dimensional storytelling ability and raw, wheezy vocals, Pesh Milli can flip the switch from gutter to smooth in a flash; a party trick that reflects a childhood spent studying formative Beanie Sigel and Ginuwine’ records. And it is this versatility and songwriting prowess that Pesh believes will ultimately set him apart from his peers over the coming years.
“I’m going to give you some heartbreak, anger, turn up music; all of that!” explains Pesh Milli of his artistry. “I’m not afraid to sing R&B over a drill beat or rap directly for the hood guys. I can do everything!”
The artist – who grew up in a musical household with a father who DJ’d old soul vinyls – continues: “Look, I think the game needs more honest songwriters, so that’s what I am trying to bring back. I show my wins but also my losses in these songs, because I want the people on my block to be like: ‘Oh shit, he’s just like us!’”
In previous breakout songs like “Rap Girl,” a Biggie’ Dreams-esque celebration of the strong black femininity that pulses through the veins of hip hop, and “V Roy,” a haunting, conceptual ghetto blues confessional which considered what kind of dangerous circumstances might trigger someone to worship the violent subject matter of the late drill rapper King Von, Pesh Milli showcased a potent combination of cinematic storytelling lyricism and butter smooth melodies—deservedly securing a cult fanbase on the independent circuit.
However, with new 2023 EP, What Can I Say (the follow-up to underrated 2020 album Okay 4 Now), Pesh has leveled up his sound and is now rapping with much more urgency than before. “A couple of rappers been copying and pasting my flows” he nonchalantly spits on triumphant opener “What Can I Say,” a banger that contains audio from a Pesh Milli interview on Sway In The Morning, where the legendary DJ praised the Brooklyn artist for his songwriting abilities.
The juxtaposition of the gutter drill bassline and soft, bouncy Spanish guitars on “Critical” is a further reminder of Pesh Milli’s ability to mix the rough with the smooth. On this new song, the emcee reflects on how he “used to be punching in on the clock” and hustling in minimum wage jobs. The rapper says it is important he doesn’t forget his responsibility to represent for the underdogs; something he always loved about the rags-to-riches music of legends like Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nipsey Hussle.
“Shit, I used to work in McDonald’s, Popeyes, even construction! But hip hop is a noble stage, where you can speak directly to the underdogs and lift them up. That’s what I want to do, because it’s really tough out here right now! With my music, I have a drive to put my family in a different situation and be that spark that changes a lot of people’s lives. I feel like people can feel that determination in the songs. It inspires them to win.”
Another highlight from the new EP is “Painless,” where Pesh Milli tries to break through his sins over a sad, piano-driven beat. “I done took all my Ls, so the wins were destined,” he proudly raps, making sure not to forget about his dead loved ones and their sacrifices. “The people who I lost, particularly in the streets, always fuel my music,” he explains. “They are with me every time that I go into the booth.”
In a rap industry where toxic masculinity and misogyny continue to prosper, Pesh Milli says the way in which his music celebrates the sensuality and strength of Black women will also let him create a lane that so many other male artists are neglecting. This energy is particularly evident on another new single, “Spicy,” where the artist can’t decide whether he wants to be a gangster or a lover boy and completely nails the electricity of a sweaty dance floor where two potential lovers have just locked eyes.
“It is important to me to connect with my female audience,” says Pesh Milli of his process in the studio. “I want to show my affinity to the women, always. I definitely made a conscious effort to do less of the tough guy, grimy music, and focus more on the ladies, and that’s when I got bigger and better. I want to make the ladies feel good because of my songs, not like they’re a punchline.”
Looking ahead to the future, Pesh Milli has big dreams. He wants his label, Blue Collar, to become as big as Death Row and Bad Boy Records were back in their 1990s heyday, and for him and his first cousin Goonie (who inspired Pesh to start rapping) to become a production duo that writes songs for Beyonce. Bed Stuy has produced legendary rappers like Biggie, Lil Kim, Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, and Mos Def, and Pesh Milli says he’d ultimately like to ensure the area continues to thrive musically speaking.
“My music is fun in a world that is dark,” he proclaims. “It’s one of the dopest sounds out and an amalgamation of rapping, singing, melodic hooks, hymns. My shit is like butter to your ear, period.” For Pesh Milli, What Can I Say is a chance to go to the top and enter into the conversations inside the major label boardrooms. “So long as the bag is right,” he concludes, “I am going to take things right to the top. Just watch me. This is just the start of my journey.”