Young Thug

Young Thug
Thug performing at Openair Frauenfeld in 2019
Thug performing at Openair Frauenfeld in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJeffery Lamar Williams
Also known as
Born (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 29)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present[4]
Associated acts
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Jeffery Lamar Williams[5] (born August 16, 1991), known professionally as Young Thug,[2] is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is considered to be one of the most influential rappers of his generation, with his music heavily influencing the sound modern trap music.[6] Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion,[7] Thug initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with I Came from Nothing. In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane's 1017 Records,[8] and later that year he released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to critical praise.[9]

Young Thug received mainstream recognition in 2014 with the singles "Stoner" and "Danny Glover" in addition to appearances on several singles, including T.I.'s single "About the Money", Tyga's single "Hookah", and Rich Gang's single "Lifestyle." That year, he also signed to Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment and collaborated on the mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1. In 2015, he released a number of mixtapes, including Barter 6 and two installments of his Slime Season series. These were followed in 2016 by the commercial mixtapes I'm Up, Slime Season 3, and Jeffery.[10] In 2017, Thug featured on the hit song "Havana" by pop singer Camila Cabello, which became his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2018, he released a compilation album Slime Language with his label YSL Records.[11] In 2019, he won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for his songwriting contribution on "This Is America".[12]

Young Thug's debut studio album, So Much Fun (2019), debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and included the Billboard Hot 100 top-twenty singles "The London" and "Hot". The following year, his single "Go Crazy" with Chris Brown from the collaborative mixtape Slime & B (2020) peaked at number three on the Hot 100, becoming his first top-ten single as a lead artist. Additionally, he reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time in his career with his feature on Travis Scott's single "Franchise". Young Thug's second studio album, Punk, is yet to be released.[13]

  1. ^ "UPDATE: Young Thug Has a New Name--But Maybe Not for Long". Papermag. August 16, 2016. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Young Thug announces ridiculous name change". NME. February 20, 2018. Archived from the original on June 17, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Watkins, Mike (January 15, 2018). "Young Thug is the saving grace of mumble rap". Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "TruRoyal feat. Young Thug - Im On / She Can Go x #NashMade". YouTube. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Williams, Jeffery Lamar. "Songwriter/Composer: WILLIAMS JEFFERY LAMAR". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Weiss, Jeff (October 21, 2019). "Why Young Thug is the 21st Century's Most Influential Rapper". BBC. Archived from the original on October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Jeffries, David. "Biography - Young Thug". AllMusic. Archived from the original on August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Young Thug". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "GEN F: Young Thug". The Fader. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Stream and Download Young Thug's 'Slime Season 3′ Mixtape". Spin Magazine. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Listen To Young Thug's New Album, 'Beautiful Thugger Girls'". Noisey. June 16, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Mendez, Marisa. "Young Thug Wins Grammy for Childish Gambino's "This Is America" - XXL". XXL Mag.
  13. ^ Ingvaldsen, Torsten (December 18, 2019). "Young Thug reveals new album is dropping in February". Hypebeast. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.

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