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Listen: Shy Glizzy’s New Tape, Young Jefe

young-jefe-shy-glizzyD.C. rapper Shy Glizzy released his latest mixtape, Young Jefe, on Presidents' Day, providing fans with the usual drug-dealer boasts they've come to expect from him. Last week, he released "Medellín"—an ode to drug-game supremacy featuring Atlanta's Young Scooter—as a preview of what was to come. From Young Jefe's King of New York-sampling intro, Glizzy lets listeners know exactly what he's after: the crown.

Though much of the project is deeply rooted in drug talk, that doesn't mean there aren't highlights. "White Girl" suffers from a hackneyed metaphor (the white girl represents—drumroll—cocaine), but the production is a strong selling point. Other tracks demonstrate growth: "Free tha Gang" has Glizzy (with assistance from Plies) insightfully lamenting the loss of friends to the prison system; he says he misses them while acknowledging that none of them are innocent.

Young Jefe features production from Cardo and Zaytoven, as well as two appearances by the increasingly hyped Young Thug. Despite not breaking any new ground, Young Jefe represents another point along the timeline of Glizzy's evolution from Streets Hottest Youngin' to young boss.

Listen to it below.

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