Meet Gizzle, the Queer Female MC Who’s Writing Your Favorite Rappers’ Songs | Pitchfork
The video for Puff Daddy & the Family’s recent single “You Could Be My Lover” both is and isn’t what we’ve come to expect from a Diddy clip. It begins with rampant ostentatiousness, as a Versace bathrobe-clad Sean Combs frolics around a palatial estate, teacup in hand. A macho monologue gives way to a player’s anthem: “You can’t be my girl, but you can be my lover” croons a non-committal Ty Dolla $ign, Puff’s womanizing cohort du jour. The two men are surrounded by young models in tiny tops who seem vaguely excited to be there. It looks like a time warp straight out of 1997.
But then, at the 1:44 mark, a slim, dreadlocked woman enters the frame to spit game to the camera—and to the women flanking her. She’s the MC, not an ornament, wearing a white tee underneath a double-breasted jacket adorned with regal gold buttons. This is Glenda Proby, aka Gizzle, a 28-year-old rapper who has spent the last few years racking up writing credits on songs for top-tier artists like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, G-Eazy, Iggy Azalea, Travis Scott, and T.I., alongside Ty Dolla $ign and Puffy, two of her closest friends and collaborators.