Marquis Amonte King was born on December 12, 1992. He is an American rapper from Southeast Washington, D.C., known by his stage name Shy Glizzy. As the years passed, he evolved from those early street tracks and raw mixtapes to more refined stuff. With albums such as “Fully Loaded” (2018) and mixtapes such as “Young Jefe 3” (2020) and “Don’t Feed the Sharks” (2021), King began establishing an audience after dropping the catchy, young bravado song ‘Awsome,’ which earned him chart success and worldwide fame. Today is his big day, and we’d like to celebrate him.
Marquis Amonte King, popularly known as Shy Glizzy, was born on December 12, 1992, at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, and grew up in Southeast Washington, D.C., on 37th Street, near Fort Dupont Park. His father died when he was an infant. Not long, he got involved in petty street crime, was arrested, and served prison time for robbery charges when he was 16 years old. King began rapping after serving time in a juvenile correctional center, where he also received his GED (general educational development). He tried to write a book as a teenager, but it turned out to be a song instead.
In early 2011, he released “No Brainer,” his first mixtape; on October 31, he released “Streets Hottest Youngin,” his second mixtape. He announced his sixth mixtape, “Law 2,” on April 3, 2013, and it was released on August 1 of the same year. It featured guest appearances from Migos, Yo Gotti, Starlito, and Kevin Gates, among others. Fact, a music magazine based in the U.K., named him one of the 10 Rappers to Watch in 2014. King announced his seventh mixtape, “Young Jefe,” on January 20, 2014, and it was released on February 17, with guest appearances from Young Scooter, PeeWee Longway, Young Thug, Plies, and Gudda Gudda. The hit tune ‘Awsome,’ from that mixtape, became his most popular song, peaking at number 45 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list in the United States. It had a remix, from the album featuring A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz, which had over 750,000 SoundCloud streams in the first week of its release.
On October 18, 2018, King released his debut studio album, “Fully Loaded,” and it included collaborations with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna, and Rick Ross. The album gained favorable reviews and reached number 35 on the Billboard 200 in its first week, selling 14,446 album-equivalent units. It was announced that King will join Atlanta rapper Gunna on his “Drip or Drown 2” tour, which would take him across the country. After kicking off the year with tracks such as ‘Lonely Vibes’ and ‘Right or Wrong,’ the rapper released his 14th mixtape, “Young Jefe 3,” in September, featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, and Ty Dolla $ign.
King launches his career with the release of "No Brainer," his first mixtape.
King catches the attention of Fact and is included on their list of 10 rappers to watch in 2014.
King’s first studio album, "Fully Loaded," is released, and it includes YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna, and Rick Ross as guest features.
King is nominated in the category for Best Rap/Sung Performance, for his song ‘Crew,’ in the 60th annual Grammy Awards show.
King embarks on a nationwide tour, “Drip or Drown 2,” with Atlanta rapper Gunna.
Why We Love Shy Glizzy
He loves music
King may have interests outside the actual music career he enjoys, but his work is truly the most important thing to him. He has ambitions that require him to grow and evolve, and he isn't going to stop until he can get his life in order and make this work for him.
His music is unique
When King raps in that muted trumpet of a voice, you hear two things at once: emotion leaking out and emotion being withheld. It’s an artfully pressurized style of mouth music that keeps you listening close, with every syllable prompting a balancing act in your brain.
His style is luxurious
Among other things, King’s style is luxurious, street, and elegant. He enjoys shopping, and Louis Vuitton is one of his favorite brands.
5 Surprising Facts
He’s got fun hobbies
King likes shooting at the gun range, driving fast cars, hanging out, and spending time with pretty girls.
He wasn’t a rap music fan
King has said that he grew up listening to go-go music, rather than rap music, which he credits with helping him develop his distinct sound.
He’s in a triangle beef
King is currently beefing with rappers Wale and Fat Trel.
He changed his name
There was a short time in 2017 when he changed his name to ‘Jefe.’
He is a muslim
King started writing raps as a teenager after reading the Quran, the daily newspaper, and piles of biographies.
Shy Glizzy FAQs
Who invented the word glizzy?
The word glizzy was coined by King and his Glizzy Gang crew.
What song made King famous?
The song ‘Awsome’ is King’s biggest song yet, and it’s arguably what made him famous.
What is King’s race?
King is an African American Muslim.
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