Tee Grizley is a young American rapper and a singer hailing from Detroit who started his career after getting out of prison in 2016.
He said that he was trying to get out of jail because he wanted to share his music and he realized that there are so many things he can do in his life, rather than just be in prison and do nothing.
He became an example of how a person can change his life from being a thief and a former convict to become a millionaire.
Many people find him inspirational and think that his story is very useful for young people to understand the concept of hard work and dedication.
He was born as Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr. on March 23, 1994, in the town of Detroit, situated in Michigan, in the United States.
He grew up mostly without his parent’s supervision since they were both involved in criminal activities and were constantly going into prison and returning to crime after they were released from there. This was a really tough thing for him to go through and probably one of the biggest reasons why he ended up doing criminal activities himself.
That is why Terry spent his childhood with his grandmother. She took care of him and invested her free time into him as much as she could. He said that without her he would probably not feel the big need to get out of jail and to pursue his life later on.
He thanked her many times in his songs when he became popular. He also dedicated some of them to her because he wanted her to know how important she was in his life.
He was a pupil in middle school when he got introduced to hip hop and his attention towards rap music grew on a daily basis. He always listened to music because the music was his getaway. It was much easier for him to listen to it and create lyrics than to cope with his problems.
He was into rap so much that he created a rap group named „All-Stars Ball Hard”. It was a cool group that didn’t really reach the big spotlight, but he and his friends surely did have a lot of fun doing the whole thing.
The other members of this newly created group were his three closest friends: Lee, JR, and Po. After the group was created he has changed his name into ABGH Tee.
The group wanted to become known to others, so they started uploading their music onto the most popular online platform in the world: Youtube. They thought this would be an easy way to gain a big audience and become known to people all around the world.
An unfortunate and shocking situation connected with his parents happened to him in just a few years and they left a big mark on his situation, both very emotional.
First, in 2011, his mother was sentenced for a jail sentence in the period of 15 years. She wasn’t in jail for the first time but this was over the top since she was out on bail. This was a really hard period for him and he needed some time to adjust to the new changes.
This time the judges were more strict and unforgiving so she gained a longterm conviction.
Although she wasn’t around Tee much, he was still missing her a lot, especially when dad died. He often talks about his dad in his songs as well because he feels like he needs to say a proper goodbye.
The very next year his dad died. He was murdered and Tee stood on his own. It was a bad period for him although he and his father weren’t that much close as he is with his mum. He had to take some time away from his music and then he met with it again when he had to put his feelings on the paper.
Although Wallace had an opportunity to become the first college graduate in the family, he rejected it. Although the circumstances for studying became harder after his parents survived this tragedy, he was devastated by it. He never found school useful and he knew that it wasn’t for him.
Granny was very unhappy with it because he first enrolled the Michigan State University where he was going to study finance, but just a little while after he went broke and started his criminal career.
He started robbing other students from the dorm, alongside one of his friends, until they were caught.
In February 2014, the two of them stole over $20, 000 from other students, stealing mostly money and electronics. Approximately half of the money was in electronics and the other half was in the money.
He and his friend Jeremy Ford were caught and an investigation was started. They were released until the investigation was over. It was said to them that they cannot leave the state and must be in the city until the investigation was over.
That is when Wallace decided to run away and he made it to Kentucky. But after reaching Kentucky he began doing other criminal activities and was soon arrested after robbing a jewelry store. He thought that this would be an easy way to get cash, and since everyone was being selfish, he would be as well.
The owner of the store caught them unguarded and held a weapon pointed towards him and his friends in crime until the police came and caught them. This was a really tough time in his life and he knew that he was going to jail.
This was a really personal issue because he knew that both of his parents ended up in jail and he didn’t want to be like them, but life took its toll on him and he ended up the same way. This is one of the reasons why he didn’t want to stay there and he decided that he will get out, no matter what it takes.
The robbing took place in Lexington, Kentucky where Wallace was apprehended and took to jail.
Wallace was sentenced to 9 months in prison for this robbery.
But unfortunately, after the court found out about his robberies in the State of Michigan, when he robbed his fellow students, his sentence was prolonged to 18 months.
He started serving his time in the Tecumseh State Prison in October 2016. He ended up in prison just like his mother.
It seems like prison influenced Wallace, in a good way.
Not only that he realized that his life going the wrong path but he also started taking rapping more seriously.
He has a lot of free time in prison so he wrote his whole debut mixtape while he was in prison. Then he decided to change his stage name and he tried himself in music.
He became Tee Grizley and soon released his first single after got released from prison. It was named „First Day Out“ and he posted it on YouTube.
Many people wonder how he made his first video. He wore the same clothes he had in jail and shot a video in front of Ryan Correctional Facility (which was the nearest jail) and turned to Joesph McFashion from Detroit and paid him $250 to host the video on his YouTube channel.
His manager is his aunt JB and she was the one to connect him to a producer Helluva.
The video became a hit and the song soon became listened all over the country. It was seen by millions of people in just a few weeks.
Just one month after the song became a hit he has signed a contract with 300 Entertainment & Atlantic Records at the beginning of 2017.
It was in February the same year that he released his second single titled „Second Day Out“.
In March 2017 he made a collaboration with a known American rapper Lil Yachty and he released his third single named „From the D to the A“. He released another single in the same month: „No Effort“.
Soon after releasing these two singles he released his first mixtape“My Moment“. The single was more popular after LeBron James put one of his songs on his Instagram feed. He uploaded a video where he dances on Grizzly’s song and that went viral.
Later Tee stated that it helped him launch his career and had thanked LeBron for helping him in that.
In July 2017 he released another single named „Teetroit”, after which he continued his work by releasing a single „Beef” which was made in collaboration with Meek Mill.
His hard work was awarded by two 2017 BET Hip Hop Award nominations which were a big thing for a guy who just began his career and who never imagined that he will become as popular as he did.
In October 2017 he collaborated with Lil Durk on his song named „What Yo City Like“. One month later they have released a collaborative mixtape titled „Bloodas“.
In February 2018. Grizzley released „Colors“ after which he released „Don’t Even Trip“. The second one was featured by a Memphis born rapper Moneybagg Yo.
He was featured on „Lil Boat 2“, which was a new album made by „Lil Yachty“.
After months of recording he has released his debut album titled „Activated”. The album had many guest appearances from a lot of known rappers like Chris Brown and Lil Pump. The main record producers were Helluva and London on da Track.
Grizzley received an important award nomination that year: he gained the 2018 MTV Video Music Award.
At the end of 2018, he released a new mixtape titled „till My Moment”.
His single „Locked Up“ was released in May 2019.
Tee Grizzley is very active on social media and has over 3 million followers on his Instagram account.
His video „First Day Out“ was directed by Nick Margetic and Everett Stewart.
Tee was also featured on „I’m on 3.0″ single performer by Trae Tha Truth.
He went on the Issa Tour with 21 Savage as his opening act and he was proud to be invited to go on a tour of such important rapper.
Tee Fruizzley doesn’t earn money only from music. He has his own merchandise online shop where he sells t-shirts, hoodies, and jerseys to his fans.
His debut studio „Activated” was quite a success since it came to No.10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
As a kid, he liked to listen to R&B records his grandmother had.
He grew up alongside his sisters and his aunt. He was influenced by the Street Lord and also Blade Icewood.
People started calling hi Grizzley because of his long beard look and the fact that he is very big.
He bought a house in Georgia after he gained some money.
Tee is a big fan of gold chains and watches. He has put golden grillz on his teeth.
When he speaks about his time in prison says it was an eye-opener. He served his sentence in many different facilities: from St. Louis Correctional Facility to Jackson State Prison.
He says that he used to fight a lot when he entered prison. That is why he started reading books and focused on his music.
Full name: Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr.
Date of birth: March 23, 1994
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Profession: rapper, performer
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 93 kgs
Net Worth: $1,5 million