Key Glock Honours Young Dolph On New ‘PRE5L’ EP

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

17 Nov 2022

Since his arrival to the music scene alongside his older cousin, Key Glock always had his own game plan. With a long-running streak of featureless releases, Glock took Young Dolph’s emphatic independence to the next level. On the one-year anniversary of his mentor’s passing, Glock shares his new EP, PRE5L, renewing his commitment to that plan while fulfilling Dolph’s vision. Spanning 5 tracks with stellar production from Tay Keith, Hitkidd, Bandplay, and more, Key Glock across the board.

Despite the context, PRE5L is far more swagged out than sentimental. From the first moments of its standout opening track, “Jigsaw,” it’s clear that Glock is in peak form– his effortless bravado evident as he embraces his role as both shot-caller and enforcer: “Cutthroat La Familia, I’m the point guard like Chris Paul/Paper Route business, I’ll smoke ya like a menthol.” In the video for “Jigsaw,” out now, Glock emulates the villain from the horror franchise of the same name, but unlike Billy the Puppet, Glock’s the one pulling the strings.

Beyond “Jigsaw,” the EP benefits from a wide spectrum of colorful production. “Forgive Me” finds Glock flexing over HitKidd’s carol-esque bells and a children’s choir, and “Spike Lee” floats with a timeless Houston feeling courtesy of Sosa 808, while “Die Trying” brightens the mood with the vintage vibe of a happy horn melody from Bandplay.

PRE5L follows the recent single, “From Nothin” (6.3 million views) in the wake of Glock’s Yellow Tape 2 (Deluxe), released in March. The success of Yellow Tape 2 proved beyond all doubt that Key Glock is a standalone star in the truest sense. With the 20-track project, Glock cracked his first solo entrance into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, racked up over 178 million streams on Spotify alone, and did it all without a major label or a single guest feature. In January, Glock paid tribute to his cousin, mentor, and friend, Young Dolph, with his potent tribute, “Proud,” which earned over 4 million views in its first three days, and received praise from The New York Times, among others. The track was featured on the recent compilation album, Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, where Glock appeared alongside his fellow PRE labelmates, and appears on Yellow Tape 2 (Deluxe).