Shy Glizzy – Flowers (Album Review)
Shy Glizzy demands his “Flowers.”
Shy Glizzy demands his “Flowers.”
5. No Cap Rap
“No Cap Rap” is such a hard title.
“No Cap Rap” is actually the only solo Shy Glizzy effort on this album that made my top 5 list. The track features a hard-hitting/hypnotizing trap beat, an extremely catchy hook, melodies that will get stuck in your head immediately, and lyrics that are vulnerable, trill, braggadocios, and slushy. If you are in the business of listening to albums from start to finish, when “No Cap Rap” comes on, you’re going to want to play the track twice.
4. Fools Fall N Love (Ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)
Shy Glizzy and NBA YoungBoy usually sound pretty solid together. They joined forces for tracks like “Where We Come From” and “Hard” in the past.
“Fools Fall N Love” has come at the perfect time: Valentine’s Day is around the corner! The good news is this: In the song, Shy Glizzy and NBA YoungBoy give us great advice on how to get, keep, and poke the baddest chicks on the planet. While Shy brings out his most daring vocals, NBA brings out his rowdiest. All in all, I think “Fools Fall N Love” is a fresh take on the mushiest holiday of the year.
3. Slime-U-Out (Ft. 21 Savage)
In “Slime-U-Out,” 21 and Shy join forces for some terrifying s**t.
In “Slime-U-Out,” Shy Glizzy and 21 Savage rap about shooting opps, rocking Richard Millies, and skipping church. What I think is dope is that the song features a menacing, uptempo trap beat (Produced by Hitmaka) that gives me the same vibes as the beats on Her Loss. As for 21 and Shy, they kill s**t doing things in their own unique ways; the former in a ghoulish/wicked way, and the latter in a squeaky/carefree way.
2. No Days Off (Ft. Chris Brown)
Starting this album off with a Chris Brown feature is a cheat code.
Being from the DC area, watching Shy Glizzy grind his ass off to get to where he is today makes “No Days Off” hit differently for me. I really felt his lyrics about making it out of the hood and becoming a Grammy-nominated millionaire. If Glizzy’s deep lyrics from this song don’t get to you, I guarantee Chris Brown’s passionate hook will.
1. Borderline (Ft. EST Gee)
In this song, there’s a level of focus that you get from Shy Glizzy and EST Gee that resonated with me a lot.
Throughout “Borderline,” Shy Glizzy and EST Gee dismiss and ridicule their competition in the most street-certified way possible. What I love is that you get a subdued, almost YFN Lucci-like performance from Shy Glizzy in the song. If you are someone that is still adjusting to Shy’s style, this is a track that is easy to consume.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. No Days Off (Ft. Chris Brown) (4/5)
2. The Real Is Back (4/5)
3. Cops & Robbers (3.5/5)
4. Poppin Shit (3.5/5)
5. Fools Fall N Love (Ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)(4/5)
6. RNC (3.5/5)
7. Flowers (3.5/5)
8. Underrated (4/5)
9. No Cap Rap (4/5)
10. Old Friends, New Opps (4/5)
11. Slime-U-Out (Ft. 21 Savage) (4/5)
12. Whippin’ Up (4/5)
13. Another Thug Song (3.5/5)
14. Bodyguard (4/5)
15. Dapper Don (3.5/5)
16. Steppin On Sh!t (3.5/5)
17. Cleansing My Soul (3.5/5)
18. Borderline (4.5/5)
19. Movies (3/5)
20. Pain Last Forever (3.5/5)
When it comes to this music s**t, Shy Glizzy is in a lane by himself. Literally, there isn’t a single artist in the game that sounds like him. While I don’t quite think he’s a household name yet, if you’re from the DC area, you already know how dope he is.
I love the production on this album. In a world full of generic trap beats, Shy chooses to rap over spirited trap beats that don’t have expiration dates. When you pair the beats with Glizzy’s extremely raw lyrics and high-pitched vocals, you get a concoction that is truly hard to ignore.
Even though Shy Glizzy’s name is buzzing more than ever before, I love that he didn’t add the whole hip-hop industry to this album. Flowers only boasts guest appearances from NBA YoungBoy, EST Gee, and 21 Savage. All three of them put up excellent verses on the songs they were featured on.
So, here’s the thing: I am not the biggest fan of Shy Glizzy’s rapping voice. I also wish that he switched his flow up just a little more. With that being said, in this album, there are three things that I think Shy Glizzy does well: 1. In a few tracks, I love how personal he gets about his relationships and his growth as a rapper and person. 2. I f**k with how confident he sounds on the mic. This makes his cocky, brash, and violent lyrics sound tolerable and authentic. 3. His rapping style (Which almost sounds like he’s freestyling) makes him sound extra organic. While I am not exactly sure if this is Shy’s best project, I do think it can end up being the one that finally allows him to get his long-overdue flowers.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.