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Young Thug
Young Thug

Birth name

Jeffery Lamar Williams

Also known as

Jeffery

Born

16 August 1991
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Genre

Hip hop, trap

Occupation

Rapper, record producer

Years active

2011-present

Label

1017 Records (2013-2015)
Atlantic Records (2013-present)
300 Entertainment (2014-present)
YSL Records (2016-present)

Associated acts

Bankroll Mafia, Birdman, Future, Gucci Mane, Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, London on da Track, Meek Mill, Metro Boomin, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Travis Scott, T.I.

Young Thug is an innovative trap artist who has shown his versatility from his signature rapping to crooning over pop type beats. Thug was born Jeffery Lamar Williams, an Atlanta rapper whose rise to popularity started in 2013 following the release of his first major hit, “Stoner.” He continued this streak in 2014 after being featured on multiple high-profile singles, including T.I.'s “About The Money” and Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle.”

In 2016, Thugger released Jeffery, originally called No My Name is Jeffery titled after his birth name to signify a change in his persona, and a more authentic version of himself.

Thug’s 2016 single “Best Friend” went platinum, but “pick up the phone” is Young Thug’s highest charting song, which peaked at 43 on Billboard Hot 100. This would later be succeeded by “Havana”, his collaboration with Camila Cabello that would later claim the top spot on this chart.

Along with other Atlanta artists Gucci Mane and Future, Thug has an impressive work ethic dropping a series of mixtapes and albums, switching up his flow throughout his career.

Thug has been cited as an inspiration to legendary artists like Kanye West, who co-signed Thug, saying he’s like Bob Marley and featured Thug on his 2016 album The Life of Pablo on “Highlights.”

Thug is best known for his auto-tuned warbling, charismatic flow, and generally experimental approach to rapping, dubbing Lil Wayne his biggest idol and influence.

Young Thug frequently collabs with Migos, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, and Future. Thug works with producers like Metro Boomin, TM88, Wheezy, Southside, and LondonOnDaTrack.

At the 2019 Grammy Awards Young Thug won his first Grammys for his work on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” which won both Record & Song Of The Year. 

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