Key Glock

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Key Glock
Birth nameMarkeyvius Cathey
Born (1997-08-03) August 3, 1997 (age 22)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2016–present
LabelsPaper Route Empire
Associated actsYoung Dolph

Markeyvius Cathey (born August 3, 1997),[1] better known by his stage name Key Glock, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.[2] A protégé of Memphis rapper Young Dolph, he rose to fame in 2017 for his mixtape Glock Season.

Early life[edit]

Markeyvius Cathey was born in South Memphis on August 3, 1997. When he was 18 months old, his mother was sent to prison, where she would be for the next 16 years, in both state and federal facilities. His father was in and out of his life, so he was raised by his grandmother. According to Cathey, he and his grandmother visited his mother in prison every now and then.[2] At 18 years old, he was charged with three counts of aggravated assault related to his involvement in a shooting.[3] Fortunately for him, music was a distraction from his hardscrabble life.[2]

Key Glock grew up listening to Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne, and cites Three 6 Mafia as his largest influence. He was also a big fan of Project Pat, whom he describes as the "Drake of Memphis".[2][4] According to Glock, Pat's songs "If You Ain't From My Hood" and "Gorilla Pimp" changed his life. The latter's chorus inspired one of his breakout songs, "Dig That". The first track that Glock recorded himself was a freestyle of Future's "Ain't No Way Around It" in 2011.[2]

Career[edit]

CEO Daddy O and Young Dolph signed Key Glock to the Paper Route Empire label in 2017.[2] On January 25 of that year, Glock released his debut single "Racks Today" featuring American rapper Jay Fizzle. On June 16, 2017, Glock released his debut mixtape, Glock Season, under the label.[5][6] His collaborative album Dum and Dummer with Young Dolph reached #8 on the Billboard 200 chart.[7] "Major" featuring Key Glock reached #47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In mid-2019, following the release of his collaborative album Dum and Dummer with Young Dolph, he went on a European tour across Manchester & London, UK. The pair brought out UK rapper Blade Brown as a supporting act. The two proceeded to start the "No Rules" Tour in 2020, beginning on the 5th Feb in Seattle. On 31st January, Key Glock released his 5th solo mixtape titled "Yellow Tape", which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #13, selling 28,000 album-equivalent units first week. Key Glock has stated that he prefers being an independent artist, as it gives him the freedom to release the type and amount of music he wants to, whilst also keeping majority of his revenue that is generated through streams, touring and album sales. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Young Dolph is his cousin through marriage.

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions
US[9] US R&B/Hip-Hop[9]
Whole Lotta Errthang[10]
  • Released: May 26, 2016
  • Label: Independent
Glock Season[11]
  • Released: June 16, 2017
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
Glock Bond[12]
  • Released: February 1, 2018
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
101
Glockoma[13]
  • Released: November 23, 2018
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
34
Dum and Dummer (with Young Dolph)[14]
  • Released: July 26, 2019
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: CD, download, streaming
8
[15]
4
Yellow Tape[16]
  • Released: January 31, 2020
  • Label: Paper Route Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
14
[17]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Glock | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Godfrey, Gavin. "Key Glock is Memphis's best new lyricist". The FADER. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  3. ^ Staff, WMCActionNews5 com. "Man arrested for ICE Bar shooting that injured 3". WMC5. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  4. ^ III, Robby Seabrook. "The Break Presents: Key Glock - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ "Glock Season - Key Glock (Paper Route Empire)". damixhub.com. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  6. ^ "Glock Season". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  7. ^ "The Billboard 200 : Page 1". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Young Dolph Chart History". Billboard.
  9. ^ a b "Young Dolph Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Mixtapez, My, Mixtape of Whole Lotta Errthang by Key Glock, retrieved 2020-02-04
  11. ^ "Key Glock - Glock Season". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  12. ^ "Key Glock - Glock Bond". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  13. ^ "Key Glock - Glockoma". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  14. ^ "Dum and Dummer by Young Dolph & Key Glock". Apple Music. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 4, 2019). "NF Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'The Search'". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Yellow Tape Mixtape by Key Glock". www.datpiff.com. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/billboardcharts/status/1226909336544403456