Updated: Feb 16
There are a lot of lames in the game who need to be tamed because all they do is boast on their belongings, name drop like a pigeon on ex-lax and have their chests swollen up about how great their skillsets are.
And then we have the likes of rap star-producer- entrepreneur Glace Conway who drops receipts rather than exhale empty adjectives, and who grinds in the studio instead of trying to stunt with rental cars on Instagram.
Conway has worked with the likes of Kanye West, ghostwritten on Lil Kim’s “La Bella Mafia” album, cranking out hits in the studio for the likes of Benzino, Lil Zane, and Raven-Symone and is now the franchise player and music act for Freeway Rick Ross’ label, Rick Ross.
More than that, Conway is a rap intoxicant. He expertly intertwines his knowledge of the streets with uplifting bars and mixes that booming beats to create a sonic cocktail that will have you buzzing off his music.
“The love of the hood is what prompts me to rap,” Conway explained. “I may talk about a whole bunch of fly shit in my music to get their attention, but once I have their attention with the materialism, I give you something that may save your life. Sometimes you have to dangle what’s familiar to catch their attention.”
Armed with a resume as thick as a Stephen King novel, Conway has the intestinal fortitude, the experience, and fearlessness to take the next step. Today, Conway has partnered up with co-CEO Branden “Bookie Billion$” Booker to form his own label Blood of A King Entertainment.
In addition, Conway hooked up with Project Pat and DJ A.D. Baby of the Coalition DJs to host the new project entitled “L.O.O.D Behavior” which stands for living out our dreams.
Moreover, Conway and Uncle Beats have collaborated to drop the club banger “Chase $” — a mesmerizing, fuel-injection joint that immediately puts you in the party mindset.
Glace learned the game of music, entrepreneurship and thriving in these unforgiving streets when his father traded in the Jim Crow South and the white hoods for the hoods of Chicago known as the “Wild Hundreds.”
When Conway was a lowercase “G,” he had to navigate the tough terrain of Southside Chicago during the pinnacle of the crack epidemic. While he exemplified a flair for spitting bars, Glace was mesmerized by his ability to stack that paper from working the streets.
But Conway was to digest his father’s invaluable lesson about generating his own income and taking charge of his own destiny.
“The first time I ever saw $50,000 was with my father,” Conway recalled of his father who owned his own construction business. “My dad would take me on a job, and I’d hold the flashlight. He would be knee-deep in some plumbing or renovating a house, but he might give me $300 at the end of the day just for holding a flashlight.
“He said ‘son, you don’t deserve this but I wanted to show you what being a boss can do,” Conway continued. “If I can give you $300 for holding a light, imagine what I’m making.’”
Conway’s parents eventually moved to the Chicago suburbs, taking Conway away from the temptations of the city streets that seemed to reach out to him like poisonous tentacles. A teenaged Conway then had an epiphany when he linked up with the likes of Shawnna, Cap 1, Yung Berg and “a real weirdo by the name of Kanye West.
Conway was not only drinking in the new scene, but he watched his contemporaries move with a purpose into their destinies. Shawnna signed with Def Jam South through Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace Records. Cap 1 became the first rapper signed to Motown, and Yung Berg went on to music and reality show fame.
“I was around all of these people when I moved,” he explained. “I went from being around people in the city selling dope, extorting people. But when we moved, I was around people who were doing what I was doing. That made me want to push even more.”
That fire powered up his internal engine at age 18 and got him from the Second City to the First one, New York City.
Conway teamed up with music industry veterans. After performing and auditioning for the A&Rs and label executives, Gene Nelson & Dre West, Conway said “Lil Kim walked from behind a door, looked up at the sky and said, ‘Thank you, Biggie, for bringing them to me. Oh my God, y’all are so dope!’”
Eventually, Conway befriended former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross and joined Ross’ label Rick Ross Music Group, where he appeared on projects alongside former Cash Money Records artists Boo & Gotti, 2 Chainz, the Ying Yang Twins and more.
Along the way, Conway formed fruitful relationships in the music game that enabled him to continue his uninterrupted upward trajectory.
“That’s why I’m here now,” Conway said. “At the time, I was into everything in the music business. (Glace) was coming from a group of people that were the ‘now people.’ They were making major stuff happening.
“The people I was with used to make stuff happen. I told him ‘you got to understand the position you are in. You can’t wait for them to make stuff happen. You got to make stuff happen yourself. You can’t be lazy and sit around and think they are going to make it happen.”
After laying down his roots in the A, Glace is now running his own gig with Blood of A King Entertainment. Under the auspices of Freeway Rick Ross, where he has worked on projects alongside former Cash Money Records artists Boo & Gotti, 2 Chainz, the Ying Yang Twins, and Waka Flocka Flame.
Glace released his highly praised 2016 collaborative mixtape “Better Than You” with Rx and Bay Area rap legend San Quinn, featuring Project Pat, Twista, Spice-1 and Ras Kass. He also scored with hit singles “Glace Conway’s Hopeless Heart,” “What’s It Gone Be” and “Streets Where I Come From.”
And now Conway, aka The Amazing Glace, making unprecedented moves in the hip-hop game by releasing several mixtape’s such as Trafficking Featuring Project Pat, Premeditated Millionaires, Rise 2 Power volume 1 & 2, & FMG (forgive me GOD) all hosted by Freeway “Rick Ross” is just a couple highly anticipated project.
His time is now.
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Written by The Atlanta Voice