Anwan Glover

Ralph Anwan Glover (born May 5, 1971[1] in Washington, D.C.) is an American rapper, actor, model, DJ, and founding member of the D.C.-based go-go band "BackYard Band" (also abbreviated as "BYB").[2] Glover is also known for his portrayal of Slim Charles in the HBO crime-drama television series The Wire.[2]

Anwan Glover
Glover at Le Royale nightclub in New York City
Glover at Le Royale nightclub in New York City
Background information
Birth nameRalph Anwan Glover
Also known as
  • Genghis Glover
  • Lil NUTS
  • Big Genghis
  • Genghis
  • The Ghetto Prince
Born (1971-05-05) May 5, 1971 (age 51)
OriginWashington, D.C.
United States
  • Vocals
Years active1988–present
  • Future Records


Gaining local fame as a teenager in 1992 as one of the founding members of the "BackYard Band", he made his acting debut in late 2003 as Slim Charles in the HBO television series The Wire. He has also appeared in music videos, such as Boyz n da Hood's "Dem Boyz" and Wale's "Chillin", among others. He hosts a nightly radio show on 93.9 WKYS-FM radio in the Washington metropolitan area.[3]

Glover starred in three episodes of the first season of the HBO television series Treme as a convicted killer named Keevon White. He also speaks to youth in the Washington metropolitan region, and has been accepted in the New York Film Academy. He has been working on a film titled Shoedog since 2009.[4] It is written by author and The Wire contributor George Pelecanos.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

On August 26, 2007, Glover's brother Tayon was shot to death in Columbia Heights. Glover addressed the press, along with D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty, saying that "we're tired of seeing the yellow [police] tape" and calling for an end to revenge shootings.[6] He also stated that he has been shot 13 times.[6]

On August 3, 2014, Glover was beaten and stabbed at a nightclub. The injuries were non-life-threatening.[7][8][9][10][11]



  • We Like it Raw (with the BackYard Band, 1995)
  • Hood Related (with the BackYard Band, 1997)
  • Skillet (with the BackYard Band, 1999)
  • Street Antidote (with the BackYard Band, 2016)
  • Triple Threat





See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hopkinson, Natalie (April 26, 2003). "The Guru of Go-Go". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b Glover, Anwan (April 2008). "From the Streets to the Silver Screen: A Story of Redemption". Ebony. Vol. 63, no. 6. p. 45. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  3. ^ Lamond, Walker (November 22, 2008). "Q&A (Excerpt): ANWAN GLOVER :: Stop Smiling Magazine". Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  4. ^ TSS Crew (September 4, 2009). "TSS Presents Fifteen Minutes With Anwan Glover | The Smoking Section". Archived from the original on February 28, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  5. ^ "Shoedog". IMDb.
  6. ^ a b Williams, Clarence; Pierre, Robert E. (August 25, 2007). "We're Tired of Seeing the Yellow Tape". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  7. ^ Swift, Tim (August 3, 2014). "'Wire' actor stabbed inside Washington nightclub". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  8. ^ Staff Writer (August 3, 2014). "Anwan Glover, Actor in "The Wire," Stabbed Beaten Inside DC Nightclub". NBC Washington. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  9. ^ Seemayer, Zach (August 3, 2014). "'The Wire' Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed In D.C. Nightclub". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  10. ^ Duke, Alan (August 4, 2014). "'Wire' actor Anwan Glover: 'My spirit is unbreakable' despite nightclub stabbing". CNN.
  11. ^ Associated Press (August 4, 2014). "Anwan Glover Stabbed at D.C. Nightclub". People Magazine.
  12. ^ Knapp, Jackson (January 29, 2016). "How the Go-Go Cover of Adele's "Hello" Got Made". Washingtonian Magazine.
  13. ^ Schweitzer, Ally (January 15, 2016). "BackYard Band's Adele Cover Is Putting Go-Go Back In The Spotlight". WAMU 88.5:
  14. ^ Cohen, Matt (January 21, 2016). "You Oughta Go-Go: Go-Go Covers of Pop Songs, Ranked". Washington City Paper.
  15. ^ Butler, Adam (January 25, 2016). "10 Go-Go Remakes You Absolutely Must Hear". BuzzFeed.
  16. ^ Richards, Chirs (February 4, 2016). "What a viral cover of Adele's 'Hello' means for go-go". The Washington Post.
  17. ^ "Prospect (2018) - IMDb". IMDb.

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