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Seandrea Sledge (born March 28, 1994), better known by her stage name Dreezy, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. Sledge was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, where she studied fine arts as a distraction from her home life. During this time she began dancing, writing, and singing. As her skill as a songwriter grew she began rapping and in 2014 was named as the “Princess of Chicago Rap” by Noisey via Vice Magazine. Later that year, she signed a recording contract with Interscope Records.
Life and career
1994–2014: Early life and career beginnings
Seandrea Sledge was born on March 28, 1994 where she was raised on the South Side of the Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her childhood, Sledge moved to a number of locations throughout the city of Chicago. To escape issues that a number of teens face (blended families, constantly having new friends, and problems at home) Sledge looked into the fine arts, which helped her deal with some of the realities of her life. She explored scatting, poetry writing, and drifted towards singing at the age of 10. Sledge always felt like music was her internal escapism, and by the age of 14, she found interest in becoming a rapper. Sledge has cited rappers J. Cole and Lil Wayne as her biggest musical influences, referring to the former as her favourite rapper of all time.
Sledge was putting more time into rapping, she became good friends with fellow Chicago native rapper Sasha Go Hard, and made a guest appearance on Sasha’s song, “I Ain’t No Hitta” in 2012. Sledge later released a song with a fellow rapper Lil Durk, called “Ghost”. In February 2013, Sledge released a collaborative mixtape with fellow Chicago native rapper Mikey Dollaz, titled Business N Pleasure. In February 2014, she released her first solo mixtape, titled Schizo through AOE Music, along with a song, which features guest verse from a fellow Chicago rapper Common, called “No Good”.
2014–present: From Now On and No Hard Feelings
In April 2014, she released her remix of YMCMB rapper Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb’s “Chiraq” and received general attention, with many fans claiming that it was better than Minaj’s version. The remix later garnered her attention and landed her a collaboration with rapper Common on his tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling. In December 2014, it was announced that Sledge signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, who dropped fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef a few weeks prior. On July 28, 2015, Dreezy released her debut EP titled Call It What You Want. On December 25, 2015, Sledge released another EP titled From Now On to digital retailers and streaming via Interscope Records. Her debut album, No Hard Feelings, was released on July 15, 2016. In May 2018, she performed at Ivy-league institution Cornell University with Micah Street at their annual Slope Day celebration. In the same month, she performed at Rolling Loud. In 2019 she appeared in Netflix movie Beats as Queen Cabrini.