He was only 26
Shy Glizzy affiliate 30 Glizzy was killed in South Baltimore on Wednesday, September 6, according to local police. The rapper, born Theodore Dashawn Pigford, passed away after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Pigford was found by police in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. They say that he was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. “He was a nice young man with a promising career,” Pigford’s attorney John McKenna told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s just sad.”
“I really am puzzled by what he was doing in South Baltimore, because he was more of a D.C. guy,” he added.
30 Glizzy had just released a mixtape last month called YC Wit Me. A designer who knew Glizzy tweeted out that he wished he was making him another mixtape cover rather than a piece of tribute art.
Shy Glizzy appeared in the music video for Lor Scoota’s regional hit “Bid Flu.” When Scoota was killed, Glizzy showed up at his funeral wearing a hat that bore the letters YBS, the name of Scoota’s crew. 30 Glizzy also shouted out Scoota in several of his songs. “Rest in peace to Up Next,” he rapped, refrencing Scoota’s ad-lib of “Scoota Up Next!” “But I can’t be a victim, I’mma be a suspect,” he continued.
Though Glizzy was affiliated with a crew of Washington, D.C. rappers, he hailed from Prince George’s County and his ties to Baltimore are apparent in his discography.
A Scene Full Of Tragedy
Several rappers are paying tribute to the rapper on social media. Boosie and A$AP Mob member A$AP Ant have both sent out condolences on their accounts. Outside of the realm of famous rappers, DMV residents are pointing out that Glizzy is merely the latest in a string of rappers from the area who have been murdered in the last year.
“RIP YC , Swipey, Up Next , 30Glizzy AG Lundy When We Going Start supporting our Own Don’t wait till it’s To Late MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW,” wrote one Twitter user. “Rip AG Rip Swipey Rip YC
Rip 30 Glizzy DMV Talent Gone To Soon ,” wrote another.
Almost all of the rappers who have been killed have ties to one another and Shy Glizzy because of the tight-knit nature of the area’s regional scene. Shy is one of the few rappers from the group to see success outside of the area. He had a minor hit with the song “Awwsome” and was named to XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class. Since that time, the rapper seems to have changed his name to Jefe and has released a mixtape under the new moniker.
Shy Glizzy himself has yet to speak out on the news. The rapper uses social media sparingly, so it remains to be seen if he will address the tragedy publicly at all.
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