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Young Thug

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Biography

Mixing the radio-worthy weirdness of rappers like Waka Flocka Flame with the hooky underground anthem sound of artists like Chief Keef, Atlanta's Young Thug broke through in 2013 with a series of successful mixtapes and singles. Born Jeffery Williams, Thug released three volumes of his mixtape series I Came from Nothing before joining Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad crew in late 2012. His mixtape 1017 Thug followed in early 2013, featuring the quirky street single "Picacho." Later in the year, his "Stoner" single appeared, but it didn't catch fire until 2014, when an authorized remix featuring Wale opened the floodgates for a series of unauthorized remixes from artists like Jim Jones, Iamsu!, and Trick Trick. The original track peaked that April and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. That same year, Thug signed to 300 Entertainment, the Atlantic-distributed imprint co-founded by Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, and continued recording mixtapes. His first release for the label, 2015's Barter 6, climbed up to number 22 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In 2016, he released I'm Up, which debuted at the very same position, along with the Top Ten hit Slime Season 3 and No, My Name Is Jeffery. Between the release dates of the latter two mixtapes, he was awarded a platinum certification for the track "Best Friend." ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman

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Birth Name:

Jeffrey Lamar Williams

Born:

August 9, 1991 in Atlanta, GA

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Years Active:

'10s

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