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- Brief introduction of the person
The American rapper Young Thug has an individual and unique musical style, which many describe as eccentric. Nevertheless, at just 20 years old, he successfully made a name for himself in the hip-hop scene. According to sources, he has successfully sold around 50 million records and is the highest paid rapper in the world with an estimated fortune of 145 million euros. His most successful musical release to date is the song Havana, which was recorded with Camila Cabello. Over 16 million of these have been sold, including one million in Germany.
Young Thug was born Jeffery Lamar Williams on August 16, 1991 in Atlanta, United States. He grew up in a large family with a total of 10 other siblings in the southwestern part of Sylvan Hills in Atlanta. The family lived in an impoverished area in Zone 3 in Atlanta. According to reports, Jeffery Lamar Williams was not an easy kid. In sixth grade, he broke his teacher’s arm, resulting in Williams serving four years in juvenile detention.
He began his career as a rapper in 2011 by appearing on Tru Royal’s She Can Go. As a result, Williams recorded numerous mixtapes in 2011 and 2012. This was the well-known I Came frome Nothing series. This series garnered attention, and fresh on the rap scene, Williams was brought on by celebrity rapper Gucci Mane to his 1017 Records label. Among other things, the songs Picacho and Williams’ 4th mixtape 1017Thug were released here. Both songs have found themselves on leaderboards and received critical acclaim from well-known figures such as the Rolling Stones. These were the first contacts in the rap business and with the support of Gucci Mane’s record label, Young Thug’s original style attracted further attention.
After Gucci Mane, Young Thug collaborated with well-known figures such as Waka Flocka Flame and Travis Scott, and many predicted that Young Thug would grow to enormous size in the years to come. Williams got his break in 2014 with his single Stoner, which peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the same year he released two mixtapes, several digital albums and guest-starred on various chart hits such as Nicki Minaj.
In 2014, there were also a number of rumors about Williams, including the record company Future who said he was offered $8 million if he signed the contract. Most of the time he stayed with the record label 1017 Records, but later signed with 300 Entertainment and worked with popular artists such as Kanye West.
In 2015, Young Thug’s fans demanded an album and not another mixtape, prompting Thug to plan his debut album, Carter 6. This was meant to be a tribute to Lil Wayne, who took it as copyright and called on his fans to stop listening to Young Thug singles. Young Thug responded by wanting to call his debut album Barter 6 instead of Carter 6, but decided against it in the end and released another mixtape. The originally planned debut album continued to exist, was ultimately called HiTunes, but was never released.
A highlight of the rapper’s career, the single Havana featuring Camila Cabellos, released in 2017, peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 100. The same applies to the song This is America by Childish Gambino, released in 2018. Here Young Thug worked as a background singer and co-author.
Young Thug told a radio station that he lost millions of dollars in 2020 due to canceled concerts and canceled festivals due to the corona pandemic.
His first big highlight was the collaboration with Gucci Mane in 2014, which provided further attention and important contacts in the rap business.
His last highlight in 2017 was working with Camila Cabellos. Hitting number one on Billboard’s Top 100 chart, Havana gave Young Thug his first number one hit of his entire career.
In 2014, Young Thug was arrested for reckless driving and possession of controlled substances.
In 2015, he was arrested for drugs and possession of a gun at his Atlanta home. After the search, the charges were cocaine possession, marijuana possession and drug possession. This arrest came just days after Lil Wayne was murdered. Young Thug and Birdman were implicated in his assassination plot.
According to People with Money magazine, Young Thug is the highest paid rapper in the world. In 2020 alone, he is said to have generated 46 million. In addition to the music business, the American rapper also invests in stock trading, owns numerous restaurants, has his own vodka brand and has his own fashion and perfume line.