After spending three years in jail on home invasion charges, Detroit native Terry Wallace drove back home to Motor City and headed straight for the studio on the day he was released. Not even bothering to change out of the clothes he'd left his Kentucky prison in, Wallace immediately recorded "First Day Out" - a song he'd first started working on behind bars back in April 2015. Released under his performing moniker of Tee Grizzley, Wallace's debut single and its accompanying video quickly went viral, earning him a deal with 300 Entertainment in early 2017. He told Genius
"I started on it in April of 2015. It didn't take that long to write. But that's when I started it. I left it alone. Kept coming back to it. Kept updating it. It ain't really take no time limit, because I could've did it all in the same day. I didn't even think the song would go as far as it did. It was just another song that I wrote.
I think the build-up played a big part. And what I had to say. Them the two factors. What I had to say, how I said it, and the build-up of it. Because it affected people."