Young Lay
Young Lay

Birth name

Lathan K. Williams Jr.


February 10, 1975 (1975-02-10) (age 45)


Vallejo, California, U.S.


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap



Years active

1994-1999, 2011


Young Black Brotha Records (1995-1996, 2003)
Atlantic (1996)
2nd Life Entertainment (1998)

Associated acts

Khayree, Mac Mall, Ray Luv

Lathan K. Williams Jr. (born February 10, 1975), better known by his stage name Young Lay, is an American rapper from Vallejo, California. Williams emerged as a member of the Young Black Brotha Records label in the mid-1990s. He released two studio albums in the late-1990s: Black 'n Dangerous in 1996 and Unsolved Mysteries in 1998. 


In 1995, Young Lay's debut song, "All About My Fetti" featuring Mac Mall and Ray Luv, was featured in the film New Jersey Drive and its soundtrack. A few months later, when he was getting ready to begin recording his debut album, he was shot in the head while stopped at a Vallejo traffic light as a passenger in a friend's car. Although critically injured, Williams survived but required extensive therapy for brain damage in which he had to learn to speak again. 

On 17 May 1996, Williams' one-month-old son Le-Zhan was kidnapped when two teenage girls entered the home of Daphne Boyden, the rapper's 17-year-old girlfriend and mother to his newborn, killed her, abducted the infant, and set the home on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime. The case was unsolved for 6 years, and was featured on the crime television shows America's Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. In November 2002, an anonymous tip called in to Vallejo police led to the arrest of Latasha Brown, one of the killers, who had been raising the abducted infant as her own, along with her mother Delores Ann Brown, who was also arrested. They were still living in Vallejo, not far from where Boyden was murdered. Police stated that Brown may have had a relationship with Williams, and that envy prompted her to kill his girlfriend and kidnap his child.[1] Latasha Brown's cousin Ocianetta Williams (no relation to Lathan Williams) was identified as the second teenage girl responsible for the murder and abduction and both were arrested by the Vallejo Police Department. The then 6-year-old Le-Zhan was reunited with his family soon after their arrest.

Williams was sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence for a 1999 armed robbery. He was released from prison in 2010. The following year, he released the song "True Religion", his first new song in over ten years.


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