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By most measures, 2015 hasn’t been as kind to Shy Glizzy as 2014 was. Last year, Glizzy’s Law 3: Now or Never and Young Hefe mixtapes earned the young D.C. rapper accolades from tastemaking music publications like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Stereogum. In June of this year, the prolific rapper was arrested in Silver Spring and charged with disorderly conduct (Glizzy pleaded guilty to the offense in November), which overshadowed the three impressive yet largely unnoticed mixtapes he put out in 2015. It’s a shame, really, because those mixtapes, Be Careful, For Trappers Only, and Peace & Blessings, feature some of his most mature songs yet. Working with producer Zaytoven on For Trappers Only, Glizzy and a slew of impressive guests—including Danny Seth, Boosie, and the late Dex Osama—drop verses about heavy themes like neighborhood turf wars and packing heat just to feel safe. It may have been a year since Glizzy made XXL’s Freshman Class, but that hype hasn’t waned; he’s closing out the year with a headlining show at the Howard Theatre. Next year, it could be Echostage. Shy Glizzy performs at 11:30 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $42.50–$60. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.