Shy Glizzy

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Shy Glizzy
Birth nameMarquis Amonte King
Also known as
  • Shy
  • Young Jefe
  • Jefe[1]
Born (1992-12-12) December 12, 1992 (age 26)
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
Years active2010–present

Marquis Amonte King (born December 12, 1992),[2] better known by his stage name Shy Glizzy, is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.[3]


Shy Glizzy was born Marquis Amonte King on December 12, 1992 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, and grew up round 37 in Southeast Washington, D.C.[2] His father was shot and killed, aged 19,[4] before Shy's first birthday. He grew up in a household with his mother, grandmother, and his younger brother, 3 Glizzy. At age 14, he was arrested for petty larceny.[2] At age 16, he was arrested for a robbery and spent 14 months in juvenile detention,[5] where he also earned his GED.[4]

He received his nickname "Shy" during early childhood.[6] He is Muslim.[7] As a teenager, he began reading the Quran, then the daily newspaper and stacks of biographies, before starting to write raps.[2] He was initially "trying to write a book, but it ended up being a song."[5] Shy has stated he did not listen to rap music growing up but rather go-go music, which he credits for helping to create his own unique sound.[2]



In 2011, Shy Glizzy released his debut project, titled No Brainer, in January. He released his second mixtape, Streets Hottest Youngin, on October 31.[8]

On June 6, 2012, Shy released his third mixtape titled Law. He was also featured by Complex on its list of "10 New DMV Rappers To Watch Out For."[9] The Washington City Paper's Ramon Ramirez referred to it as "a well-connected tape [which] sometimes feels like it wants to be a major-label-debut", featuring guest appearances from Project Pat and Wale and production from Beat Billionaire, but described Shy as being "less polished, and more frenetic, while his hooks are repetitive and droning but also hungry and catchy."[4]

On November 14, 2012, Shy released his fourth mixtape, Fly Money, an 11-track collaborative project with Jose Guapo. On December 12, he released his fifth mixtape, Fxck Rap, featuring a guest appearance from Trinidad James and production from Speaker Knockerz.[10]

On March 16, 2013, Shy Glizzy was listed by Complex as one of "15 Unsigned Rappers Who Should Get a Deal After SXSW".[11] On April 3, he announced his sixth mixtape, Law 2,[12] which went on to be released on August 1, and included guest appearances from the likes of Migos, Yo Gotti, Starlito and Kevin Gates.[13]


On January 7, 2014, Shy Glizzy was listed by Fact as one of "10 Rappers to Watch in 2014".[14] On January 20, he announced his seventh mixtape, Young Jefe, which went on to be released on February 17, and included guest appearances from the likes of Young Scooter, PeeWee Longway, Young Thug, Plies and Gudda Gudda.[15] From that mixtape, the hit single “Awwsome” turned into the biggest song of his career and peaked at number 45 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[16] It spawned a remix off the record that features A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz that grabbed more than 750,000 streams on Soundcloud in the first week of its release.[17]

On June 3, 2015, Shy Glizzy was selected as part of the XXL magazine Freshman Class list.[18] That same day he released his ninth mixtape, Be Careful, a 16-track collaborative project with his Glizzy Gang collective which included members 30 Glizzy, Goo Glizzy and 3 Glizzy.[19] On August 28, Shy announced his 10th mixtape, For Trappers Only, entirely produced by Zaytoven to be released on September 30.[20] It included guest appearances from the likes of Boosie Badazz, Yo Gotti and Ty Dolla $ign.

On July 8, 2016, She Glizzy announced his 11th mixtape, Young Jefe 2, to be released on July 15.[21]

In a December 2014 interview with The Fader, when asked about his thoughts on "DMV rap", Shy responded "DMV still didn't become a thing. Nobody opened up a lane for DMV rap [...] I opened up my lane. I opened up Glizzy Gang lane, the southeast DC lane."[22] However, in a January 2017 interview with The Fader, when asked about the state of DC's rap scene, Shy responded "I'm trying to open up that lane so more youngsters can come through. No one else ever opened that door for me [...] I got a whole culture—the D, the M, and the V—to put on for."[23]


On January 6, 2017, Shy Glizzy released an EP, The World is Yours, under the stage name 'Jefe'.[23][24] HipHopDX's Aaron McKrell described it as "an energetic but hollow offering" but praised Shy Glizzy's delivery and "ability to manipulate vocal sonics." He rated the project 2.7 out of 5.[25] Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce stated that it "isn't King at the peak of his powers [...] Here, he mostly seems content to roll leisurely through verses" and showed "no sense of urgency." He rated the project 6.9 out of 10.[26]

The single "Take Me Away" was released on September 29.[27] He released his 12th mixtape Quiet Storm on December 12,[28] which he described as his "best body of work yet."[29]

In 2018, Shy Glizzy released his debut studio album, Fully Loaded, on October 18, which included guest appearances from YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna, and Rick Ross.[30] The album received positive reviews[31][32] and peaked at number 35 on the US Billboard 200, selling 14,446 album-equivalent units in the first week.[33] It was announced that Glizzy will embark on nationwide tour with Atlanta rapper Gunna on his Drip or Drown 2 tour.

In an April interview with HipHopDX's Daniela Evgenivna, Glizzy announced he would be releasing his second studio album titled Covered 'N Blood on April 19.[34] He described the album as being more personal than the feature packed Fully Loaded stating "It’s a really deep album. A lot of my music is like a diary. This one is about what I’ve been going through the last few months.”[34] On April 19 Covered 'N Blood was released.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Fully Loaded[36]
  • Released: October 12, 2018
  • Label: 300 Entertainment, Glizzy Gang
  • Format: Digital download
Covered n' Blood
  • Released: April 19, 2019
  • Label: 300 Entertainment, Glizzy Gang
  • Format: Digital download


List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions

The World Is Yours 37


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions

No Brainer
  • Released: January 19, 2011
Streets Hottest Youngin
  • Released: October 31, 2011
  • Released: June 6, 2012
Fly Money
(with Jose Guapo)
  • Released: November 14, 2012
Fxck Rap
  • Released: December 12, 2012
Law 2
  • Released: August 1, 2013
Young Jefe
  • Released: February 17, 2014
Law 3: Now or Never
  • Released: December 2, 2014
Be Careful
(with Glizzy Gang)
  • Released: June 3, 2015
For Trappers Only
(with Zaytoven)
  • Released: September 30, 2015
Young Jefe 2
  • Released: July 15, 2016
134 14
Quiet Storm
  • Released: December 12, 2017

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2013 O Music Awards[40] Make a Band Famous Himself Nominated
2018 Grammy Awards[41] Best Rap/Sung Performance "Crew" (with GoldLink and Brent Faiyaz) Nominated


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  30. ^ Lamarre, Carl. "Stream Shy Glizzy's New Album 'Fully Loaded' Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug & Gunna: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
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  40. ^ "Frank Ocean, Beck Lead O Music Awards Nominees". Billboard. May 16, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
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