Key Glock Talks Freestyling in the Studio, His Independence and Performing

“I’ve always been ten toes down and used to doing everything by myself.”

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At just 22-years-old, Key Glock already boasts an impressive résumé and an independence streak that’s unmatched. He’s not one to do features or have any guest spots on his albums. In fact, his collaborative Dum and Dummer tape with Memphis rap veteran Young Dolph saw the two trading entire songs, not verses for that very reason. In our latest Conversations With interview, the Memphis rap upstart joins us to talk about his new LP Yellow Tape, his recording origins, the advantages of freestyling in the booth vs. writing and more.

“If you write it, there’s a certain way you’re gonna read it or rap it off of that paper or whatever it is you’re using. If you freestyle, you can do it how you want to and switch it up how you want to. It’s just different, it’s unique,” he tells HYPEBEAST. “I first started rapping, like actually recording, it was like 2013, 2014. I put the song out on YouTube, and I just got a lot of feedback from within my school and with my city and just my neighborhood. Ever since then I just ran with it.”

Yellow Tape has already been met with a cult-following thanks to a strong release of singles immediately followed by music videos. Glock shows off his charisma and unique sense of humor too, with his “Look at They Face” music video serving as a thank you letter to his haters for the added motivation. He even plays multiple characters. He followed that visual up with the hard-hitting “Mr. Glock”, the infectious trap-infused “I’m Just Sayin’”, and last week’s “1997”.

Watch the full Conversations With: Key Glock video above and stream his Yellow Tape below. In more music updates, revisit our favorite releases from last week with our new installment of Best New Tracks.

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