19 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shy Glizzy had established himself an underground rap hero long before he was featured on GoldLink’s 2017 smash “CREW,” but the D.C. native’s scene-stealing verse catapulted his profile to another level. Glizzy’s Young Jefe 2 and Quiet Storm mixtapes were released in the midst of the song’s reign, and Fully Loaded finds the MC seizing the moment. “We wanted to apply all the pressure we could to make people familiar with Shy Glizzy and what Shy Glizzy do,” the rapper tells Apple Music. “And that I could make platinum records too.”

There aren’t many songs like “CREW” on Fully Loaded, but at nearly the length of a double album, it's dark and hypnotic, with Glizzy at his most polished; he's consistently clever over production from Zaytoven, Turbo the Great, and Geraldo Liive, among others. His signature croak sets the stage for A-list guests the likes of Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rick Ross, as well as up-and-coming local talent YBS Skola, 3 Glizzy, and Q Da Fool. And while he’s understandably focused on furthering any acclaim he might have earned from a hit single, Shy Glizzy has a primary goal—to put his hometown in the best light. “I am the voice of D.C., I’m the king of D.C., I love D.C.,” he says. “I do it for me, first and foremost, and my family, but the city is everything to me. That’s why I’m here—to represent D.C. to the best of my ability.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shy Glizzy had established himself an underground rap hero long before he was featured on GoldLink’s 2017 smash “CREW,” but the D.C. native’s scene-stealing verse catapulted his profile to another level. Glizzy’s Young Jefe 2 and Quiet Storm mixtapes were released in the midst of the song’s reign, and Fully Loaded finds the MC seizing the moment. “We wanted to apply all the pressure we could to make people familiar with Shy Glizzy and what Shy Glizzy do,” the rapper tells Apple Music. “And that I could make platinum records too.”

There aren’t many songs like “CREW” on Fully Loaded, but at nearly the length of a double album, it's dark and hypnotic, with Glizzy at his most polished; he's consistently clever over production from Zaytoven, Turbo the Great, and Geraldo Liive, among others. His signature croak sets the stage for A-list guests the likes of Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rick Ross, as well as up-and-coming local talent YBS Skola, 3 Glizzy, and Q Da Fool. And while he’s understandably focused on furthering any acclaim he might have earned from a hit single, Shy Glizzy has a primary goal—to put his hometown in the best light. “I am the voice of D.C., I’m the king of D.C., I love D.C.,” he says. “I do it for me, first and foremost, and my family, but the city is everything to me. That’s why I’m here—to represent D.C. to the best of my ability.”

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About Shy Glizzy

Coming on the scene with street singles that were both sublime ("Free tha Gang") and ridiculous ("Awwsome"), rapper Shy Glizzy (born Marquis Amonte King) first made a rumble around Washington, D.C. after taking on the hometown hero, Fat Trel. Playing off Trel's "Respect with the Tech," Glizzy made waves with his "Disrespect the Tech," setting off a cross-city feud that would be put to rest with the help of rapper Wale. A beef with Chicago's Chief Keef followed, then Glizzy began to focus inward, releasing a series of mixtapes in 2012 including Law and Fxck Rap, while also forming his own Glizzy Gang, an A$AP Mob-styled crew of like-named rappers including Snipe Glizzy and Ant Glizzy. Law 2 arrived in 2013, featuring appearances by Migos, Yo Gotti, Kevin Gates, and producer Metro Boomin. In 2014, Shy Glizzy issued the Young Jefe mixtape, which not only produced his first big hit with the slurring and infectious "Awwsome," but would also hint at a future name change for the rapper. A remix of "Awwsome" with 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky followed, as the song peaked in the Top 50 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After dropping three subsequent mixtapes, Glizzy changed his stage name to Jefe at the close of 2016 for the EP The World Is Yours. In 2017, he returned to the Shy Glizzy moniker for the album Quiet Storm, which featured production by Zaytoven and appearances by Trey Songz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and more. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

HOMETOWN
Washington D.C.
BORN
December 12, 1992

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