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July 03, 2014

Young Thug

Young Thug (aka Jeffrey Williams) was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is the second youngest of his ten siblings. He later moved to the Jonesboro South projects where he developed his rapping skills.

After releasing his first three mixtapes I Came From Nothing 1, 2 and 3 in 2011 and 2012, Thug caught the attention of rapper Gucci Mane, who signed him to his label 1017 Brick Squad Records in 2013. Thug followed up with releasing his first mixtape under the label called 1017 Thug. The tape was met with positive reviews from music critics, which noted it for its original style. 1017 Thug was included in a number of year-end lists for 2013, such as Pitchfork's Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention and Complex's The 50 Best Albums of 2013. FACT called it the best mixtape of 2013, Rolling Stone placed it at number five on their 10 Best Mixtapes of 2013 and The Guardian placed it among The Five Best Mixtapes of 2013.

Thug's song "Picacho" was noted as one of the standout tracks from the mixtape and, although not released as a single, was included on a number of 2013 year-end lists, such as Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2013, Pitchfork's The Top 100 Tracks of 2013, and Spin's 50 Best Songs of 2013.

In July 2013, Complex included him in their list of 25 New Rappers to Watch Out For.[12] On October 17, 2013, Thug released his debut single "Stoner". The song spawned a number of unofficial remixes by rappers, such as Wale, Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Iamsu! and Trick-Trick. Thug expressed his disapproval for the remixes, commenting "If you feel like my song isn't tough enough to the point where you have to freestyle... Don't think I'm happy that you're doing it because of who you are. I'm ready for war." His song "Danny Glover" also received a number of remixes by Waka Flocka Flame and Nicki Minaj, among others. In December 2013, Thug performed at Fool's Gold Day Off show in Miami, among Danny Brown, Trick Daddy and Travis Scott.

 On January 18, 2014, Young Thug revealed that he was offered $1.5 million to sign to Future's Freebandz record label, and is uncertain about his current label status with 1017 Brick Squad Records. In March 2014, Thug's affiliation with Cash Money Records and its CEO Birdman resulted in much speculation in the media about him signing to the label. However, the label's publicist later stated this was untrue. On March 28, 2014, Ronald "Caveman" Rosario, director of Urban Music at 101 Distribution, cleared the situation, stating that Thug signed a management deal with Birdman's Rich Gang, and not a record deal, and is still signed to 1017 Brick Squad.

In 2014, Thug also recorded several songs with Kanye West, who praised him for his ability to make songs so fast. Thug announced that he has upcoming mixtapes with Rich Homie Quan, Chief Keef and Bloody Jay. He was featured on the March 2014 cover of The Fader. On March 11, 2014, his single "Stoner" was serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio in the United States by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. In April 2014, Thug released a new 808 Mafia-produced song "Eww", which was named one of the five best songs of the week by XXL.[24] The song was announced to be featured on Thug's debut album, including a guest verse by rapper Drake. On June 17, 2014, Kevin Liles confirmed that Young Thug had been officially signed to his and Lyor Cohen's label 300 Entertainment.