Favorite tracks: "1997," "Dough," "I'm Just Sayin"
The city of Memphis, TN has been a driving force in rap culture since Juicy J popularized green skull t-shirts back in the early 2000s. Rap’s zeitgeist has been moving back toward the 901 for a while, and Key Glock is the city’s latest disciple. I was first introduced to Glock’s sound on his fast-paced 2018 project Glockoma, a pace he maintains on his latest project, Yellow Tape. Glock’s profile has risen steadily over the course of the last three years, and he’s just happy to be along for the ride. He thanks God for his chains, for his health, for his ability to whip it through the streets in a Mercedes Benz.
Rags-to-riches stories are a constant in rap, but Glock’s enthusiasm is infectious. Coupled with hard-hitting beats—from the slinky guitars and 808s of opener “1997” to the subwoofer-crushing drums of lead single “Mr. Glock”—Yellow Tape is enough reason to celebrate making it to the finish line on any given day. May the congregation say amen.—Dylan Green