ARTIST PROFILE

Young Thug

Name: Young Thug

Birthday: August 9, 1991

Fav Dish: chicken wings

Jeffrey Lamar Williams (born August 9, 1991), known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He became known for his commercial debut single “Stoner”, as well as his collaborations with fellow Southern rappers, such as Rich Homie Quan, Birdman, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Scooter, Shy Glizzy, Migos, T.I., and Travi$ Scott. Young Thug signed a record deal with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad Records, an Asylum/Atlantic imprint, in early 2013.

After releasing the first three installments of his mixtape series I Came from Nothing throughout 2011 and 2012, Young Thug caught the attention of fellow Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane, who went on to sign Young Thug to his label 1017 Brick Squad Records, an Asylum/Atlantic imprint, in 2013. Thug subsequently released his first project on the label, his fourth mixtape, 1017 Thug. The mixtape was met with positive reviews from music critics, which noted it for its original style. 1017 Thug was included in a number of year-end lists for 2013, such as Pitchfork’s Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention and Complex’s The 50 Best Albums of 2013. FACT called it the best mixtape of 2013, Rolling Stone placed it at number five on their 10 Best Mixtapes of 2013 and The Guardian placed it among The Five Best Mixtapes of 2013.

Young Thug’s song “Picacho”, was noted as one of the standout tracks from the mixtape, although it was not released as a single, the song was included on a number of 2013 year-end lists, such as Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of 2013, Pitchfork’s The Top 100 Tracks of 2013, and Spin’s 50 Best Songs of 2013.

In July 2013, Complex included him in their list of 25 New Rappers to Watch Out For.In October 2013, Young Thug released his commercial debut single “Stoner”. The song spawned a number of unofficial remixes by several rappers, including Wale, Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Iamsu! and Trick-Trick, among others. Thug expressed his disapproval for the remixes, commenting “If you feel like my song isn’t tough enough to the point where you have to freestyle… Don’t think I’m happy that you’re doing it because of who you are. I’m ready for war.” His song “Danny Glover” also received a number of remixes by Waka Flocka Flame and Nicki Minaj, among others. In December 2013, Thug performed at Fool’s Gold Day Off show in Miami, among Danny Brown, Trick Daddy and Travis Scott.

Young Thug gained major recognition in 2014, after being featured on a string of singles, including “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”, the latter of which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2015, he released a number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed mixtapes, including Barter 6 and two installments of his Slime Season series. His debut album, Hy!£UN35, is due to be released in the summer of 2016.

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