In 2015, the music industry decided new albums would be released on Fridays instead of Tuesdays, the previous business standard. This new global release date was ushered in an attempt to curb piracy and address growing digital music consumption—physical purchases having taken a backseat. In that time, most have abided by Friday scheduling, until recently. See: Shy Glizzy’s latest mixtape Quiet Storm.
Instead of dropping this Friday, directly placing it against Eminem’s comeback album, Revival, in terms of sales and streams, Shy Glizzy released Quiet Storm on what was previously the old day of music releases. Perhaps as a head nod to the days when folks liked owning music?
This was a fairly big year for the DC rapper, as his scene stealing guest verse on the Goldlink’s “Crew” scored him a Grammy nomination. The mixtape’s release date also happens to line-up with the rapper’s 25th birthday, which is, well, today. Happy B-day, Glizzy!
Most of the tape is plodding low-thrill street rap, an ode to his late friend Theodore “30 Glizzy” Pigford, who was shot earlier this year. There are plenty of like-minded guest spots, boasting of names like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Dave East, various members of his Glizzy Gang and the last 30 Glizzy verse. Listen below.