Tee Grizzley: Detroit MC Finds Success Through Redemptive Jailhouse Rap

Detroit’s Tee Grizzley is 2017’s brightest rap upstart, thanks to his breakout hit “First Day Out.” His hard-bitten, snapping rap style reflects years of pain as well as eventual redemption: Between 2015 and 2016, the man born Terry Wallace – who apparently earned his nickname for having a ferocious, brawling “grizzly” attitude while locked up – served an 18-month sentence for home invasion, the result of breaking into other students’ dorm rooms while he attended Michigan State University.

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Tee Grizzley – Wikipedia

On July 1, 2014, Tee Grizzley was one of three people arrested following an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in Lexington, Kentucky. On September 30, 2015, he was sentenced to 18 months to 15 years for several robberies at Hubbard Hall on Michigan State University campus that took place in February 2014.


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