From what I’ve seen in the music industry, consistency breeds progression, which is, for better or worse, usually for those that get compensated for their work. So when I saw Ohio State celebrating last night to Shy Glizzy’s hit Young Jefe joint, I looked to see what else he’d done since. Lo and behold he just unleashed the third installment of the Law series, Law 3: Now or Never.
Shy Glizzy is still catching bodies, just not with the music, at least not 96.7% of the time (BasementMade, 2014). What I mean is, “Catch A Body” came out earlier this year, cool. He drops A LOT of music, cool. He has the same flow on every song, little originality and one-word choruses, not cool. But no eclipse shade, there’s still that 3.3% of greatness in him.
Six tracks are worth at least one spin and I’m here to save your time.
4. Funeral – BY FAR the best song on Law 3. Glizzy comes with the unique concept of hyping his own funeral and who’ll surround his grave: shooters, real niggas, 10,000 bitches, superstars, drug dealers and thieves. It speaks to his background but also irony in that he didn’t mention anyone by name, not even his own bloodline.
8. What To Do – It’s all about being that go-to on “What To Do”. No matter the situation, Glizzy knows the action. His advice is, “Stop looking up to rappers when they look up to you”.
9. Handcuffs – The snakes in the grass wanna see handcuffs linked on everyone with a way out, nothing new. What the rapper does though, is take a Starship Enterprise beat from KE and flip it into a call for help, to a generalized audience. “But I ain’t playing, I’m staying in my lane cause, these niggas can’t stand us”. This joint is ok, it’d hold some weight if the conclusion was stronger.
12. Better Days ft. Goo Glizzy – Features hold a lot of these songs together.
13. Everything Golden – This beat is golden.
14. 3 Glizzy – My Heart – “My Heart” has more substance than the rest of Law 3 combined. These two have been through it with their family, and if you have too, you’ll play this. I like references and that the home label beatmaker, EA Glizzy, made the beat.
In essence, Shy Glizzy sounds more Atlanta than DMV. This project is hollow, forced material to borderline hokey instrumentals. The Tony Montana references, Migos flows, basic loop beats and simple hooks overbear the intended DC street grime.