Harold Stallworth works hard for the money.
Shy Glizzy’s latest SoundCloud charity, “U Hear Me,” combines the most obvious ingredients of cloud rap and G-funk. It probably shouldn’t work but it does, and to great effect, largely because Glizzy’s voice cuts through the track and demands to be heard. Here, the D.C. native goes introspective, ruminating over the value of trust and the possibility—and perhaps inevitability—of betrayal.
There’s a distinct air of desperation in his voice, a dark, emotive quality that Glizzy’s been honing since his 2012 debut. It’s still unclear as to whether “U Hear Me” was recorded for a yet-to-be-released project or salvaged from the cutting room floor of a previous mixtape. But its ambient vibe and restraint with regard to 808s gives the illusion of an intro to something much bigger.