During 2016, we have seen songsking in a number of genres. We have heard of songs from Westside Gunn and FLYGOD, as well as from French Montana and Shy Glizzy.
Westside Gunn’s FLYGOD remix
Known as the king of the cult rap game, Westside Gunn has been toiling in the East Coast underground for well over a decade. He’s released dual EP’s and a couple of mediocre studio albums, but it’s his FLYGOD album that’s worth a listen. It’s one of the best albums of the year so far, and like the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, it’s the kind of gimmick-free masterpieces that leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
In honor of the one year anniversary of his eponymous FLYGOD, the affable gunnin’ gunnin’ gunnin’ gunnin’, the one man show has put out a ten track, forty five minute, self titled opus, that’s a feat in itself. The album is anchored by a couple of standouts, the biggest and bafflingly long (albeit not the longest) is the Sly Green Skit, which is a nicety that’s been on the books for the best part of a decade. Luckily, the Sly Green is a minor compared to Gunn’s other half, DJ Qbert, who provides the high-octane backdrop for most of the album’s high-octane content Worldkingnews.
French Montana’s debut album
MONTANA is French Montana’s third studio album. It was released on December 6th. This album features collaborations with Cardi B, Post Malone, and Rvssian. It also features the song “No Stylist” with Drake.
French Montana has appeared on forty-nine singles. He has a number of mixtapes released through Bad Boy Records. He has been given the honor of being a Global Citizen Ambassador. He has also collaborated with Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne, and more.
He has been a Global Citizen Ambassador since 2018. He emigrated to the Bronx, New York, in 2011. His first mixtape was released in 2010. He toured Uganda and filmed a music video for his song “Unforgettable.” He has also toured the UK. He has been awarded a Grammy for Best R&B/Hip-Hop Song. He has won a BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Club Banger. His upcoming album MC4 is slated to release August 19th.
He has released twenty-four mixtapes. Some of them have been featured on a TV show, The Breakfast Club. He has also appeared in thirty-two music videos.
Shy Glizzy’s debut album
Despite being only 27 years old, Shy Glizzy has already established himself as one of the most promising young rappers in the country. His breakout single, “Ain’t Gon’ Lie,” has gone on to chart well in the DMV area and was featured on several high-profile songs. Glizzy has also appeared on television shows and performed at some of the biggest music festivals in the world.
Shy Glizzy was born Marquis Amonte King in Southeast Washington, D.C. When he was a child, he was involved in petty street crime. After he was a teenager, he was sentenced to 14 months in juvenile jail for robbery. While in prison, he read biographies and started rapping.
When he was a teenager, Shy Glizzy aspired to write a book. In addition to rapping, he also worked with rappers like Lil Uzi Vert and G-Herbo. He branched out with a mixtape under his own name in 2011. He later became known under his stage name, Jefe mixx