Growing up, some of DJ Glory’s favorite artists were Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack and Prince. His father was heavily involved in music, playing with various bands through the 70s and 80s. "I inherited his love and passion for music," he says.
As a kid, Glory would memorize songs, changing some of the words and putting his name in place of the original emcee. When he was 15, he used money he’d earned working at Pizza Hut to purchase turntables and speakers.
After teaching himself how to deejay, Glory started playing at friends’ parties. He went on to co-host and deejay for "The Hip-Hop Corner" -- a radio show broadcasting from the University of Maryland, which is frequented by new and renowned musical talents. Comfortable with being a deejay, he says, "That wasn’t really my goal -- to be a spotlight guy."
His friends who were rapping weren’t focused, however, while Glory was getting better at it. He soon discovered he was more passionate about "being" the music than playing the music.
Born in New York City and raised in P.G. County, Md., Glory has the perspective of a young black man coming up in the inner city. His flow is likened to 50 Cent’s and Tupac’s; his personal style similar to J. Cole’s and Dave East’s – very introspective, yet relatable.
Citing the Clipse, Big Pun, Eminem, and Outkast as other early influencers, Glory explains, "They’re all very different -- the content and subject matter is what I like."
Now prioritizing his career as a hip-hop artist, Glory wants to kick things off the right way. "It’s one thing to have a game plan, it’s another to poorly execute it," he says. Recently, he began working with DCTOP20 to gain exposure and grow his fan base.
"I see my career going as far as my fan base will take me," Glory says. "I think that’s something some artists tend to glaze over, but your fans are everything."
He explains that having a dedicated core that wants to hear what he has to say will be more powerful than millions of fair-weather listeners. For him, connecting to people is what music is all about -- and is priceless.
Connect with DJ Glory on Instagram and Twitter (@glorythadj).