Jeffrey Lamar Williams (born August 9, 1991), better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his commercial debut single “Stoner”, as well as his collaborations with fellow Southern rappers, such as Rich Homie Quan, Birdman, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Scooter, Shy Glizzy, Migos, Travi$ Scott and T.I.. Young Thug signed a record deal with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad Records, an Asylum/Atlantic imprint, in early 2013. He gained major recognition in 2014, after being featured on a string of singles, including “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”, the latter of which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Young Thug revealed in late June 2015 that he and Kanye West have discussed the prospect of a joint album together, both agreeing after a meeting in the spring. Details are still scarce, but Thug said Kanye was impressed after previewing his unreleased music. “I was letting him hear all the music. Then he said I was like Bob Marley and he wanted to do an album with me. I was like, ‘Let’s roll!'” the rapper said. Young Thug appeared on West’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo, and West tweeted that he would release further collaborations with Young Thug on Tidal. On 4 February 2016, Young Thug released a mixtape titled I’m Up.On February 19, 2016, Young Thug was signing in Def Jam, Ca$h Money and Young Money, current artist with Lacrim and K-Major on Hy!£UN35.