“Yea!!” by Key Glock might be one of my favorite songs to turn up to all year. Hailing from Memphis and building a core fan base of his own, the “Since 6Ix” rapper brings authenticity, rawness, and unmatched energy any time he hops on the mic. Signed to Young Dolph’s Paper Route Empire, real name Markeyvius Cathey is all about his money, no matter how or which way it comes. Read more…
Fortunately for him, music has allowed him to step away from the streets and sustain a living for himself and his people. As evidenced by the Dolph’s summer hit “Major,” which currently hails at ober 27M on YouTube alone, the 21-year-old flexes his capability to spit bars and create bangers.
For those who don’t know, who is Key Glock?
Key Glock is smoothest, coolest, flyest, highest, youngest to ever do it.
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
Shit, I’m in my own lane. I’m in my own category, I do my own thang. I don’t fit anywhere.
Being from Memphis, how does that play into your life and career?
It plays a lot. It really makes me who I am: how I rap, the way I live, everything.
Can you talk about your upbringing and what it was like in the household?
I grew up in a house with women. I didn’t have no father figure. I had a father, but he wasn’t around as much. I was raised by my grandma and my aunties. I was smart though. By the time I was 7 or 8, I learned how to do everything on my own.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I like coming out to LA. I would come to LA before I even started rapping. Just coming here with my cousin, chillin’ and sh*t. Just traveling.
What’s your favorite part about the city?
Women, weed, and the weather. [laughs]
What was the inspiration behind your name?
My real name is Markeyvius Cathey, that’s where the Key comes from. Glock, I got that name from the street. That’s a whole nother story.
Top 5 Memphis rappers & where do you see yourself fit?
5) Key Glock
3) Big Glock
2) Mr. Glock
For real though.
You mob with Young Dolph right?
Yeah, that’s my big bro. I’m in his top 5. We got an understanding.
“Since 6ix” is a certified banger. Can you bring us back to when you were 6?
I told you, when I was 6, I was playing with sticks. Forreal.
What sets you apart from these other street rappers?
To me really, I just be myself. I don’t really pay attention to nobody else and what they be doing. I don’t do too much for attention. Attention is good, but it’s also bad. It depends on what kind of attention you have.
How has moving to ATL impacted your music?
My music has been getting impacted regardless, before I even moved to Atlanta. I ain’t even have to move to Atlanta. No matter where I went, the music is going to do what it’s going to do regardless.
You recently dropped your mixtape Glockoma, what was the creative process and how long did it take you?
It didn’t take long at all because I record all-year round. All day. All week. This just what I do. This shit is easy to me. I just work. I put a lot of time into it, because time is money. That’s what I do, I’m working.
You said you’ve been rapping for 2 years now. What were you doing before the music?
A little this, a little that. [laughs] I was getting mine though. I was getting my money. I wasn’t broke.
I know artists tend to have their own favorites on the album. What records mean the most to you?
“Clowns” stands out a lot. It’s really my style. It’s really the way I prefer rapping. How the industry is now, I just know what the people like to hear. I’m really versatile. I do it all, depending on how I’m feeling.
“Russian Cream” was shot behind the homie Spencer. Talk about what goes behind your visuals.
Nothing but fun. We just chillin’. It’s like a bubble where one thought leads to another. We just expand and all come together.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, pray, brush my teeth, wash my face, get high, get some money, record, commit adultery, pray again, go to sleep. Wake up and do it again. That’s it.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
“Russian Cream,” of course.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I was at Michigan State University. I was leaving and this Caucasian girl had ran up to the truck, pulling on the door and beating on the window. I had to let it down and she was like “I love you Mr. Glock.” She was turnt.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
What can we expect next?
Glock 2019. It’s my year.