Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley
Wallace in April 2019
Wallace in April 2019
Background information
Birth name Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr.
Born (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 27)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • streamer
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Children 1
Website teegrizzleymusic.com

Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr.[1] (born March 23, 1994), known professionally as Tee Grizzley, is an American rapper best known for his singles "First Day Out", "No Effort", "Colors", and "From the D to the A" (featuring Lil Yachty).

After being released from prison in October 2016, Grizzley released his debut single "First Day Out" through YouTube. The song gained over two million views in less than three weeks, and led to Grizzley signing a record deal with 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records in 2017.[2][3] After releasing numerous mixtapes and singles throughout 2017, Grizzley released his debut studio album, Activated in 2018, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Early life

Wallace was born on March 23, 1994, in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised by his grandmother in the Joy Rd. & Southfield neighborhood due to his mother and father constantly being in and out of prison.[5] In middle school he began developing an interest in rap music and eventually formed the musical group All Stars Ball Hard along with three of his friends, JR, Po, and Lee. Wallace took the moniker of ASBH Tee, and they began uploading their songs to YouTube. In 2011, his mother was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking. His father was murdered in 2012.

Wallace was the first member of his family to attend college in generations, and attended Michigan State University to study finance and accounting, but, after undergoing financial difficulties, he and a friend of his began robbing other students' dormitories, and stole $20,000 worth of electronics and money from other students in February 2014. On February 27, Wallace and Jeremy Ford were caught but released pending investigation. Wallace went on the run, and fled to Kentucky, where, on July 1, 2014, Wallace was one of three people arrested following an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in Lexington, Kentucky.[6][7] Wallace was sentenced to nine months for the robbery, and, while already serving that sentence, he was sentenced to 18 months to 15 years for the Michigan State robberies in September 2015.[8] On October 16, 2016, he was released from prison in Michigan.[9]

Career

2016–2019: Debut singles, My Moment, Activated, and collaborations

While in prison, Wallace began to take rapping more seriously and wrote the entirety of his debut mixtape while incarcerated.[10] After being released from prison, where he took the name Tee Grizzley, he released his debut single "First Day Out" in November 2016. The music video, posted to YouTube, gained over 2 million views in less than three weeks.[3] He later signed to 300 Entertainment & Atlantic Records in 2017.[2] He released his second single, "Second Day Out", in February 2017.[11] His third single "From the D to the A" featuring Lil Yachty was released in March 2017.[12] He released "No Effort" and its accompanying music video on March 31, 2017.[13] His debut mixtape My Moment was released on April 7, 2017.[14] Grizzley said that his record sales tripled after his song was featured in a LeBron James Instagram post.[15][16] Grizzley's song "Teetroit" was released on July 28, 2017.[17] The single "Beef", featuring Meek Mill, was released on September 1, 2017.[18] He received two 2017 BET Hip Hop Award nominations for Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best Mixtape for My Moment.[19] He released the song "Win" on October 6, 2017.[20] He released the song "What Yo City Like" with rapper Lil Durk on November 30, 2017, as the lead single for Bloodas. The two then released the joint mixtape Bloodas on December 8, 2017.[21] He released the single "Colors" on February 2, 2018.[22] The single "Don't Even Trip" featuring Moneybagg Yo was released on March 14, 2018.[23] On March 9, 2018, Grizzley had a feature in Lil Yachty's new album Lil Boat 2 in the song "Get Money Bros.".[24] His debut studio album, Activated, was released on May 11, 2018.[4] In August, he received a 2018 MTV Video Music Award nomination for Push Artist of the Year.[25] He released the mixtape Still My Moment on November 9, 2018.[26] In May 2019, he released the single "Locked Up".[27] On August 20, 2019, his vehicle was shot at in Detroit, Michigan. His aunt/manager Jobina Brown was killed in the shooting, she was 41. He and the driver survived the incident unharmed.[28] On September 20, 2019, Grizzley released his single "Satish" accompanied with a music video to commemorate Brown's death.[29]

2020–present: The Smartest and Built for Whatever

In January 2020, Tee Grizzley released the single "Red Light".[30] In March, he released the single "Payroll" featuring Payroll Giovanni.[31] His song "No Talkin" was featured in the Netflix film Coffee & Kareem.[32] He released the song "I Spy" on May 1,[33] and "Mr. Officer" on June 5 in response to the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. The song features Queen Naija and members of the Detroit Youth Choir.[34] He released the mixtape The Smartest on June 19.[35]

On May 7, 2021, Tee Grizzley released his third studio album, Built for Whatever, a 19-track record that includes guest appearances from artists such as the late King Von, Lil Durk, YNW Melly, Quavo, Young Dolph, G Herbo, and Big Sean.[36]

Personal life

In February 2021, My'Eisha Agnew gave birth to Wallace's first child, a son named Terry Wallace III.[37]

Grizzley is an avid gamer and began streaming in 2020 to fans on the video streaming platform Twitch.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[38]
US
R&B/
HH

[39]
US Rap
[40]
CAN
[41]
Activated 10 6 6 25
Scriptures
  • Released: June 7, 2019
  • Label: Grizzley Gang , 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
20 10 9 43
Built for Whatever
  • Released: May 7, 2021
  • Label: Grizzley Gang , 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
15 10 9 46

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[38]
US
R&B/
HH

[39]
US Rap
[40]
CAN
[41]
My Moment
  • Released: April 7, 2017
  • Labels: Tee Grizzley, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
44 21 16 β€”
Still My Moment
  • Released: November 9, 2018
  • Label: Grizzley Gang , 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
29 16 15 57
The Smartest
  • Released: June 19, 2020
  • Label: Grizzley Gang , 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
22 14 11 88

Collaborative mixtapes

List of collaborative mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[38]
US
R&B/
HH

[39]
US Rap
[40]
Bloodas[42]
(with Lil Durk)
  • Released: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Tee Grizzley, 300, Def Jam, OTF
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
96 34 25

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[43]
US
R&B/HH

[44]
US
Rap

[45]
"First Day Out"
(solo or with Meek Mill)[46]
2016 48 18 13 My Moment
"Straight to It"[48]
(featuring Band Gang)
2017 β€” β€” β€” Non-album singles
"Second Day Out"[49] β€” β€” β€”
"From the D to the A"[50]
(featuring Lil Yachty)
β€”[A] 48 β€”
  • RIAA: 2Γ— Platinum[47]
"No Effort"[52] β€” β€”[B] β€” My Moment
"Beef"[54]
(featuring Meek Mill)
β€” β€”[C] β€” Non-album single
"Colors" 2018 β€”[D] β€”[E] β€” Activated
"Don't Even Trip"
(featuring Moneybagg Yo)
β€” β€” β€”
"Sweet Thangs" 2019 β€” β€” β€” Scriptures
"Satish" β€”[F] 48

β€”

The Smartest
"Red Light" 2020 β€” β€” β€” Non-album singles
"I Spy" β€” β€” β€”
"Mr. Officer"
(featuring Queen Naija and Members of the Detroit Youth Choir)
β€” β€” β€” The Smartest
"White Lows Off Designer"
(featuring Lil Durk)
2021 β€” β€” β€” Built for Whatever
"β€”" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles as featured artist, with showing year released
Title Year Album
"Money"[55]
(Allstar Ballhard featuring Tee Grizzley)
2017 Non-album singles
"Road to Riches"[56]
(Ty featuring Tee Grizzley)
"Supposed To"[57]
(Duo Tycoon featuring Tee Grizzley)
"#Moneybag"[58]
(Gway featuring Tee Grizzley and YV)
"We Got It Lit"[59]
(NavΓ© Monjo featuring Tee Grizzley)
"Rollie On"[60]
(Aoc Obama featuring Tee Grizzley)
Obamacare 2
"Still Running"[61]
(Cap 4z and K'hunnit featuring Tee Grizzley)
Non-album singles
"Get the Money"[62]
(Lougotcash featuring Tee Grizzley)
"Any Means Necessary"[63]
(Cash Kounty Pilot featuring Tee Grizzley)
"I'm On 3.0"[64]
(Trae tha Truth featuring T.I., Dave East, Tee Grizzley, Royce da 5'9", Curren$y, DRAM, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Chamillionaire, G-Eazy, Styles P, E-40, Mark Morrison, and Gary Clark, Jr.)
Tha Truth, Pt. 3
"Cold Summer"[65]
(Jeezy featuring Tee Grizzley)
Pressure
"Dreadz n Bread (Remix)"[66]
(Nook and Tee Grizzley and Sada Baby)
2018 Non-album singles
"Freddy Krueger" [67]
(YNW Melly featuring Tee Grizzley)

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.
[68]
"Jettski Grizzley"
(featuring Lil Pump)
2018 4 Activated
"2 Vaults"
(featuring Lil Yachty)
12
"Young Grizzley World"
(featuring YNW Melly and A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
2019 β€” Scriptures
"Friday Night Cypher"
(Big Sean featuring Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll, Cash Kidd, Payroll, 42 Dugg, Boldy James, Drego, Sada Baby, Royce da 5'9", and Eminem)
2020 10 Detroit 2

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Best New Hip Hop Artist[19] Himself Nominated
2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Best Mixtape[19] My Moment Nominated
2018 MTV Video Music Awards Push Artist of the Year Himself Nominated

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