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The Beef Triangle Between Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, and Wale, Explained

Derecho what? When Chicago it-rapper Chief Keef came to town to headline at DC Star with native son Fat Trel, the straight-line windstorm from the night before had done just enough damage to warrant a last-minute cancellation of the show. Instead, the pair spent the weekend around the area, shooting a music video all over Northeast, logging marathon studio sessions in Alexandria, and of course making the obligatory visit to glitzy titty bar Stadium.

Among the things the two kindred spirits bonded over (I tagged along for a few hours): how to safely navigate Twitter groupies, the uncomfortableness of shirts, and a mutual distaste for both Federales and D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy. ("Trel and Glizzy know where [the beef] comes from," Shy Glizzy manager Benny T told Arts Desk in June. "[The beef], that's between them two alone.")

Thankfully for all of us, the latter isn't really an issue anymore.

As per usual, Wale took to Twitter earlier this month to announce that any beef that still existed between the three (Fat Trel was dropped from Wale's Board of Administration last year) was squashed when Wale, flexing his D.C. cred, mediated a detente between Trel and Glizzy with a series of phone calls, and subsequently announced that new tracks featuring all three of them—Wale, Shy Glizzy, and Fat Trel—were on the way. The details of the mopped up bad blood, however, remain mysterious.

As for Trel and Keef: Their derecho weekend looks like it was productive.

"Fukkk the Feds" is the second time Keef, Trel, and producer Lex Luger all meet on one track, and it's the first release from that joint session back in June. It has the familiar aggro-flexing feel for which Luger's come to be known, but continues the beatmaker's subtle move away from his signature industrial-synths sound. There really isn't anyone else pulling this much flex from Luger's harder side as Trel and Keef are today. It helps that they do kind of sound like friends rapping together, a good reason to look forward to more collaborations. But on beats like these, where Keef and other street rappers are comfortable spitting over rolling licks and bellowing horns, Trel doesn't just sound right, he raps raps. But given local leanings, was there ever much chance for a street rapper to come out of D.C. and not be technically respectable?

As for Keef vs. Glizzy: Still no word on any pending Fendi beatings.

Photo by Carlos Perez

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  • keisha

    YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS. THERE IS NO BEEF. SHY GLIZZY DISSED FAT TREL TO TRY TO MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF WITH THE SONG "DISRESPECT THE TECH."

    THAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE BEEF. A NO NAME RAPPER DISSING AN UP AND COMING RAPPER TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF BUZZ.

    OBVIOUSLY IT WORKED. SO IF YOU WANT TO BE THE NEXT RAPPER JUST DIS SHY GLIZZY.

  • jey

    Could you please rewrite this in English

  • Kay Kay

    This is a poorly written article. PERIOD. And Wale has DC "cred" is comical.

  • Jason Plesto

    now, I heard he's working with that asian rapper Kaio. Glad to hear Glizzy at least working on some real music finally. No more beef songs

  • http://www.eastcoastmusic301.com demetrius

    shy glizzy allday what nigga can see him u seen what he did in his video when he diss cheif keef he showed that nigga the glock hit me up on my team
    eastcoastmusic@yahoo.com

  • glizzmesister

    somebody tell that fat bastard to put a shirt on, who said puff man tits were ever cool

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