Born as Jeffery Lamar Williams in Atlanta, USA, rapper Young Thug made a name for himself in the early 2010’s with his unique vocal tone and extravagant outfits. On June 8, 2011, Young Thug released his first mixtape called I Came From Nothing featuring 13 songs. Two years later, the rapper signed with Gucci Mane’s own label, 1017 Records, and released an album called 1017 Thug. The rapper saw his success grow in 2014 after collaborating with renowned artists such as T.I and Tyga with the songs About The Money and Hookah. That same year, Thug signed to 300 Entertainment, the label co-founded by Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, and continued to record mixtapes. His first release for the label, 2015’s Barter 6, climbed to No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and in 2018 he released a compilation called Slime Language, featuring artists he signed to his own label YSL Records.
Young Thug also made a name for himself through his role in the song “Havana” by pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 2018, becoming Young Thug’s first number one single. Williams received the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for his contributions to “This Is America” alongside Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson. In May 2019, he released the single “The London” (featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott), which became his second most popular song on the Hot 100 as lead artist, reaching 12th place. The song was featured on his debut album, So Much Fun, released later that year, which included his highest rated song on the Hot 100 to date, “Hot”, with Gunna, which reached 11th place. Shortly after the release of his debut album, Young Thug announced a follow-up project called Punk to be released in 2020.