Orlando rapper GlokkNine is going to have to live up to the hype at St. Petersburg's Jannus Live

Can he rise about the mumble?

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Some critics have called GlokkNine the next Kodak Black (Mr. Black is Florida’s most popular Spotify artist, according to a recent study). The Orlando mumble-rapper has even inspired taste-making magazine The FADER to walk back its initial assessment of him (“I sort of wrote off GlokkNine at first as a Kodak imitator but it’s become clear that he’s much more,” Ben Dandridge-Lemco admitted in his June “10 Best New Rap Songs” post).

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We’ll find out if the hype is real this weekend when the Glokk-ster brings a hit single (“Crayola,” approaching 3 million YouTube views) and his latest tune (“I Don’t Need No Help”) to the Jannus courtyard. Click here to read an SMS-based Q&A that is truly a sign-o-the-times.

GlokkNine, Sat. July 7, 7:30 p.m. $15. Jannus Live, 200 1st. Ave. N., St. Petersburg. jannuslive.com.

See even more of the Tampa Bay live music lineup by visting cltampa.com/musicweek every Thursday morning.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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