Dizzy Wright, the Funk Volume emcee from Sin City, Nevada, keeps getting more and more serious about spreading important messages through his music. His chill studio debut, SmokeOut Conversations, was his first firm combo statement of relaxation and wisdom, and he got clearer with his intents in the State of Mind EP of 2014. With his soaring sophomore LP, The Growing Process, Dizzy is heatedly seizing the moment, using his ever-present weed habit to cool down. The fact that he devotes more of the album to know-how and insight than good marijuana attests that Wright is strictly out to do right, trying to stay as stress-free as possible throughout. The Growing Process offers a rainbow of different guest and production shades in addition to Wright’s deep personality and accelerated lyrical abilities.
A wisdom-fest set to beats with retro, ’90s vibes and a manifestation of rhyming growth on Wright’s part, Dizzy’s second official long play finds the entertaining Las Vegas resident speaking from a grownup’s perspective, and not just because he’s joined by his daughter in the lovely “Daddy Daughter Relationship.” In so many words, Wright urges being yourself in the smart observations-filled “Can I Feel This Way,” spreads positivity in the upbeat “No Time Is Better” and cool intelligence in “Train Your Mind.” His uncle, the harmonious Layzie Bone, of Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony crew, comes on to help spit conviction, integrity and confidence in “Regardless.” All the while, Wright is ‘the man,’ especially in the declarative “Floyd Money Mayweather.”
Cannabis-friendly blessings dress several tracks and make a sound case for marijuana legalization. Without emphasizing moderation and perhaps the ideal moods and times for optimal use, Wright is mostly convincing, if a little starry-eyed. “Don’t Ever Forget,” “Smoke You Out,” “Good Vibes” and “I Can Tell You Needed It” all make for great smoke-along songs but tend to get caught up in the feelings and pleasure more than the meaning and message of Wright’s pro-pot stance. In every instance however, they all successfully escape to and tour the other, greener side of the nation’s uneven and uneasy anti-marijuana landscape.
For the finishing touches, Dizzy returns to his powerful standard of hip hop prowess and for more mature highlights. With the assistance of SwizZz, Jarren Benton and Hopsin in “Explain Myself,” Wright waves high the Funk Volume banner in what can practically be deduced as more than a mere promotional, record label posse-song. Together again, they all, as a team, seem to lift the bar for rapping excellence one tick higher in just this one cut. In “False Reality,” Wright wishes peace within Black America and supports a healthy family unit, setting up nicely for his loving father/daughter duet in “Daddy Daughter Relationship.” “Will It Last,” the conclusion, gives Wright the opportunity to count his blessings without counting on the ride to last forever and features Chicago singer Njomza in the supple, swaying chorus.
The Growing Process sees Dizzy Wright taking a heartier approach to album-making and for all the (W)right reasons. He is smart, thorough and logical and hasn’t kicked his weed-loving recreations. Rarely but noticeably enmeshed in idea-jumbles, Wright, who is truly and impressively lyrical here, tends to get caught up in rhyming resplendence leaving his train of thought segmented, but most of the time, he picks it up and completes himself somewhere down the line, if in later songs even. A real example of growth and development for the young Wright, The Growing Process is a real treat of groovy, bumping beats, great guests, relevant talking points and an advancing technique in Dizzy’s natural and learned rap delivery.