GloRilla, one of America’s fastest-rising rappers, has had a particularly trying year. She quit her job at Walmart to pursue her true passion, music. According to the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, she felt discouraged about her career path. Despite being bankrupt, she remained unmoved.
“I was losing everything like my apartments, my cars,” she noted in the interview. “I was almost down to nothing. It was like the end of last year and the beginning of this year. I was just all the way starting over and was like, ‘D-mn, I’m finna have to go back to work.’”
She remained dedicated to her music career, and her perseverance paid off. The Memphis rapper got signed to Yo Gotti’s record company, “CMG”, following the success of her hit song “F.N.F (Let’s Go)”. The song has received over 30 million streams across all platforms and has been dubbed “the song of the summer” by many admirers.
Her signing also made her the label’s first female rap artist. She is the latest addition to Yo Gotti’s impressive roster, which also includes Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, and EST Gee. Mozzy, Blac Youngsta, Blocboy JB, and Lil Poppa are among the others.
“GloRilla is a natural born star – she has a different sound and approach that’s needed in hip-hop right now,” Gotti said. “It’s one of the quickest rises that I’ve seen in my career because she only dropped in late April and now she has the hottest cultural records in music. Glo is hungry for success and determined to win. We look forward to watching her grow as an artist and reach her full potential.”
“I’ve put in years of hard work to get to this point and I’m blessed to sign with the hottest label in music with CMG. I manifested this moment and trusted my talent even when others didn’t. I’m grateful to Gotti for believing in me and I’m not gonna let up. Trust that I have more new heat on the way,” she said after inking her deal on a private jet in July.
GloRilla was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1999 as Gloria Hallelujah Woods and grew up in a religious family with nine siblings. “Life wasn’t always easy, but we made the most of it,” she told GQ. She began listening to more rap in high school. After high school, GloRilla discovered she wanted to rap so she began participating in online rap challenges. By 2018, she had made her first trip to a professional studio to fulfill her aspirations. “I fell in love the one time I was in the studio,” she explained. “I told myself, ‘OK, this is what I’m going to do, and I’m going to take it seriously.'”