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Who Is Young Thug? Everything We Know about the Life of the Influential Rapper

Gracious Egedegbe
May 10, 2022
09:10 P.M.

Young Thug's fans have been left heartbroken following the rapper's arrest in Atlanta, Georgia. He has charges on various grounds, and the world awaits the outcome of his trial. Here are details of the rapper's life.


Young Thug, an American rapper and one of the most influential figures of his generation in the Hip Hop world, has been in the news recently for the wrong reasons.

On May 9, 2022, he was arrested and charged in Georgia on the grounds of street gang involvement and conspiracy to violate the Georgia RICO Law.

Rapper Young Thug attends the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on February 03, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Rapper Young Thug attends the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on February 03, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Jeff DiSantis, a spokesman for District Attorney Fani Willis's office, confirmed that the arrest occurred at an unidentified house in the Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta.

Following his arrest, the rapper has been sent to the Fulton County jail while he awaits trial. Reports have revealed Young Thug is allegedly one of the originators of the Criminal street gang called "Young Slime Life," founded in late 2012.


The rapper's gang involvement and law violation charges date back to 2018 and 2013, respectively. According to a report, his first court appearance was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on May 10, 2022, and further details are yet to be revealed.




Young Thug is best known as an American singer and rapper. Known initially as Jeffery Williams, he was born in 1992 in Atlanta. The second youngest of 11 children, Young Thug, spent his early years in Jonesboro South Projects.

Growing up in such an infamous area made the rapper resort to petty theft and gambling. However, while at it, he discovered his love for music, and he released local hits like "100 Dollar Autograph," "Who's On Top," and "I Got It."


Eventually, his big break came in 2013 when rap legend Gucci Mane signed Young Thug to the 1017 Brick Squad imprint and released his album "1017 Thug."

Since then, the young rapper has released multiple hits such as "2 Cups Stuffed," "Nigeria," "Picacho," "I Came From Nothing," "I Came From Nothing 2," "RIP," "Stoner," "The Carter 6," and many others.



Young Thug has been in the news for many reasons, excluding his talent, one of which is his sexuality. The rapper's choice of style, such as nail painting, calling close male friends "lover" or "hubby," and appearing in feminine outfits, has led to the speculations that he is gay.

For instance, in 2016, the rapper posed wearing a blue dress on the cover of his "Jeffery" mixtape. Despite his choice of outfits and speculations, Young Thug has denied claims that he is gay.


During an August 2019 interview, the rapper described himself as "the straightest man in the world." He also revealed it is sad for people to judge gay men. He revealed this while speaking about his colleague Lil Nas X's sexuality.

The rapper made it known that Lil Nas X should have kept his sexuality private. According to him, it was better that way, as he felt most people were only good at judging. He believed that Lil Nas X was still young and would be gravely affected by the backlashes.



Young Thug is undoubtedly a household name amongst hip-hop fans. He has gathered a cult following because of his "Slime Season" trilogy and mixtapes like "Beautiful Thugger Girls," "Jefferey," and one of the most incredible trap tapes of all time, "Barter 6."

After the chart-topping releases of his first studio album, "So Much Fun," in 2019 and his label's album "Slime Language 2" in 2021, he has garnered a much larger audience.


Several platinum albums, Grammy nominations, and one Grammy win later, it is safe to say that Young Thug has solidified himself as a staple in the rap genre.

He has also collaborated with many A-list singers and rappers such as Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Camilla Cabello, Drake, etc. This is true, but what is not often heard about is Young Thug's undeniable influence on the entire state of rap today.

Not many artists can say they've had a number one album and 11 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, but Young Thug did. He is still dominating the charts and streaming numbers. His love for unconventional sounds also inspires many new artists who will be coming up in the next few years.

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