Jeffery Lamar Williams, better known as Young Thug, is an American rapper and musician who was born on August 16, 1991.
He is regarded as a generational influencer, with his songs influencing the present style of hip hop and trap music. Thug, known for his unusual singing style and fashion, began his solo mixtape career in 2011 with I Came from Nothing.
He joined Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records in early 2013, and later that year released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to widespread acclaim.
Young Thug’s debut studio album, So Much Fun (2019), debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and included the Billboard Hot 100 top-twenty singles “The London” and “Hot”.
The following year, his single “Go Crazy” with Chris Brown from the collaborative mixtape Slime & B (2020) peaked at number three on the Hot 100, becoming his first top-ten single as a lead artist.
Additionally, he reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time in his career with his feature on Travis Scott’s single “Franchise”, In 2021, Thug released the compilation album Slime Language 2 which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Later that year, Thug would reach number one on the Hot 100 a third time by featuring alongside Future on Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy”. His second studio album, Punk, was released on October 15, 2021.
It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his third number one album, as well as his second chart-topping project of 2021.
On May 9, 2022, Thug was arrested in Atlanta on gang-related charges. Young Thug and Gunna are among 28 people associated with YSL who have been charged in a 56-count Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment