Young Thug Biography – In Depth!
Young Thug, more famously known as Young Thug, is an American rapper. He has reserved a spot for himself in the U.S. music charts since 2011.
Collaborating with artists such as Gucci Mane, Birdman, Waka Flocka Flame and Richie Homie, Young Thug has become today’s mainstream rapper.
He released a mixtape in 2013, which received positive reviews, making his music popular at nightclubs and parties.
Growing up amongst ten siblings, he has worked hard to earn recognition – first in Atlanta and then in the States.
Young Thug has set many trends
Throughout his career as a style icon and carries himself with a casual and effortless demeanor. His bling accessories and long hair is now a fashion statement for aspiring rappers.
In his adolescent years, he discovered that he comprehended women’s fashion better, and began sporting new styles combining male and female attire, which he continues to exhibit at various events and manages to pull off.
Without concealing his unconventional lifestyle, he has become a star owing to his impeccable rhythm.
He is candid, blunt and nonchalant, which helps him remain unaffected by negative criticism.
Young Thug was born Jeffery Lamar Williams in Atlanta, Georgia on 16th August, 1991. His mother had eleven children of which he is the second youngest.
Together their family lived at the demolished Jonesboro South projects.
His siblings have different biological fathers. He and his sister, who is the youngest of all siblings, have the same father. His mother had a difficult time providing for so many children.
He grew up in the midst of crime
His elder brother was shot before his eyes and one of his brothers is still serving his term after being accused of murder.
He attended elementary school up to sixth grade.
He was expelled from school after breaking his teacher’s arm and was put into juvenile detention for four years.
During his teens he developed bad habits and began gambling like his brothers, and loved the thrill of taking risks.
Soon he got into drug addiction and violence.
By the time he was seventeen, he became a father. It was around this time that he started recognizing his talent for music and rapping.
He knew just then that he wouldn’t be one to live a life of poverty any longer.
Rapper Gucci Mane was highly impressed by Young Thug’s first mixtape
Titled ‘I Came from Nothing’. Finding his work unique and identifiable, he quickly signed him onto his label.
In 2013, he released another mixtape called ‘1017 Thug’ under Gucci’s banner. His songs proved a hit, and he was listed on ‘Pitchfork: Albums of the Year and received a good review from ‘Complex’.
His song ‘Pichacho’ was voted the best track in his mixtape, and made its way into ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Spin’s list of best songs in the year 2013.
‘The Guardian’ too mentioned the mixtape among the five best tapes of 2013.
Later that year, he released his first single ‘Stoner’ followed by ‘Danny Glover’. Both songs were a hit and were remixed by many known rappers and DJ’s.
Unfortunately, he disapproved of the remixes to his song.
Fortifying his position in the music industry, he soon began collaborating with big names such as Alex Tumay, Danny Brown, Trick Daddy and even Travis Scott.
The year 2014 was one of Young’s most rewarding ones.
Following some speculation of signing a record deal of 1.5 million dollars with Cash Money Records, it was announced by Birdman that he had only signed a management deal with the label.
He announced in March 2014 that his debut album would soon hit the market and will
be titled ‘Carter 6’, as a testimonial to Thug’s admiration for Lil Wayne’s hit album ‘Tha Carter’.
He quickly began recording new songs owing to his freestyle ways. Unfortunately, a data glitch caused a leakage of his album songs. It went viral and in order to resolve the problem, he had to immediately release two mixtapes – Slime Season and Slime Season 2 to recover the loss.
To add to his misfortune, Lil Wayne wasn’t too pleased with Young’s statement that he wanted to dedicate his first album to him and the matter was later settled in court.
Thereafter, Young released a mixtape instead of an album and named it ‘Barter 6’, later changing it to ‘HiTunes’ under the ‘Atlantic’ record label.
After the release, he had a meeting with Kayne, during which Kayne was highly impressed by Young Thug unique style and even compared him with Bob Marley.