Jeffery Lamar Williams (born August 16, 1991), known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion, he first received attention for his collaborations with rappers Rich Homie Quan, Birdman, Cash Out, Shawty Lo and Gucci Mane.
Young Thug initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with I Came from Nothing. In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records, and later that year he released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to critical praise.
Young Thug received mainstream recognition in 2014 with the singles “Stoner” and “Danny Glover” in addition to appearances on several singles, including T.I.’s “About the Money” and Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle.”
That year, he also signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment and collaborated on the mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1. In 2015, he released a number of mixtapes, including Barter 6 and two installments of his Slime Season series. These were followed in 2016 by the commercial mixtapes I’m Up, Slime Season 3, and Jeffery. In 2017, he released the commercial mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls.
Jeffery Lamar Williams was born on August 16, 1991, in Atlanta, the tenth of eleven children. He is from Sylvan Hills, a neighborhood in Atlanta (Zone 3), and grew up in the Jonesboro South projects. Other rappers from the neighborhood include Waka Flocka Flame, 2 Chainz, Ludacris and Williams’s childhood friend PeeWee Longway, from whom Williams lived four doors down. Young Thug has told interviewers that he got expelled in the sixth grade for breaking a teacher’s arm. He was sent to juvenile prison for 14 months.
Young Thug has six children by four women (three sons and three daughters). His first was born when Thug was either 17 or 14. In April 2015, he became engaged to Jerrika Karlae, who runs a swimsuit line and whose mother manages Young Dolph.
Thug bought his first home in September 2016 after the release of his mixtape Jeffery. The home, based in Buckhead, Atlanta, is more than 11,000 square-feet, has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a full bar, a theater room and a four-car garage.
In December 2016, Thug joined the #fightpovertyagain campaign. On June 29, 2017, Thug donated all proceeds of a sold-out concert to Planned Parenthood, stating on Twitter that “I was a teenage parent. Planned+unplanned parenthood is beautiful.”
- Barter 6 (2015)
- I’m Up (2016)
- Slime Season 3 (2016)
- Jeffery (2016)
- Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017)
- Super Slimey (with Future) (2017)
Awards and nominations
|2014||BET Hip Hop Awards||Who Blew Up||Young Thug||Nominated|
|Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)||Nominated|
|Best Club Banger||“Stoner”||Nominated|
|2015||BET Awards||Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award||“Throw Sum Mo”
(with Rae Sremmurd and Nicki Minaj)
|2017||MTV Video Music Award||Best Editing||“Wyclef Jean”||Won|