Talk about resilience: if anyone is going to diss sixteen year old Robbie Z, they should know that it’s just going to fuel his craft. The young hip-hop prodigy has been digging his heels into the scene since his 2018 single “Copy-Paste” — and “TLTM” after that — and now he’s back with another single and clip to capture attention and turn heads.
“Hot Wheelz” is the second release off Robbie Z’s upcoming mixtape, REBELLIOUZ, and paves the way with dark synths and contrasted pacing. Robbie’s strong attitude is as pervasive as you could hope for, and is underscored by the nuance of nostalgia. Let the flow guide you through the ups and downs of cadence and lyric: “All my life,” Robbie Z delivers, “I’ve been waiting for a good time.”
There is a neon-nightclub sense to the accompanying clip, which is bathed in red and purple light. It might be indoors, and it might be dark, but you can catch Robbie Z sporting shades. Bedrooms are juxtaposed against protests (with signs carrying flack directed at Robbie) and rhymes are delivered front and centre. The video isn’t low-fi, but it captures a DIY sense of passion.