Yo Gotti Biography

Yo Gotti, born Mario Mims, is a renowned American hip-hop artist known for his hard-core rap style. Influenced by both Southern and non-Southern hip-hop, Yo Gotti has a preference for the Gangsta style. With his expertise in rapping, he has gained admiration and recognition worldwide, currently holding the title of Memphis Town’s underground rap leader and brightest hip-hop star. Growing up in a family of hustlers, Yo Gotti chose to pursue a career in music, inspired by rap icons such as Three Six Mafia and 8 Ball & MJG. He has released several popular albums, including “From da Dope Game 2 da Rap Game” and “I Am,” with lyrics that often depict the dangers of life in the hoods and contain explicit content.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Mario
  • Age: 42 Years, 42 Year Old Males
  • Rappers
  • Hip Hop Singers
  • Height: 5’7″ (170 cm), 5’7″ Males
  • U.S. State: Tennessee
  • City: Memphis, Tennessee

Childhood & Early Life

Mario Mims, known as Yo Gotti, was born on May 19, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. He grew up in the crime-ridden neighborhood of Ridge Crest housing projects, where both his parents and other family members were involved in hustling. From a young age, Yo Gotti was exposed to the criminal side of Memphis society.

Yo Gotti was raised in a middle-class family. His father was a gym instructor of Zimbabwean origin, and his mother was of South African origin. Not much is known about his educational background, but he was brought up in a religious family and follows Christianity.

When Yo Gotti was in 2nd grade, his parents and other family members were arrested during a police raid on their house. As a result, he had to take on the responsibility of providing for the household, which led him to start engaging in illegal activities on the streets.

Initial Career

Yo Gotti’s interest in music grew, and he started rapping at the age of 14 with his crew around Memphis during the 90s. In 1996, he released his first Gangsta style Underground cassette titled ‘Youngsta On A Come Up’ under the name ‘Lil Yo’ and the label ‘Crime Lordz Records’. This cassette became a local hit, establishing Yo Gotti as a sensational rapper in the local community.

After gaining local recognition, Yo Gotti released several albums in the Trap Gangsta hip-hop genre, including ‘Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game’, ‘Self-Explanatory’, and ‘Block Burning, Vol 1’ between 2000 and 2002. He then signed with TVT record label and released his fourth studio album titled ‘Life’ in 2003, which featured the hit single ‘Dirty South Soldiers’ with Lil John. His fifth album, ‘Back 2 da Basics’, reached the 3rd position on the US Rap charts in 2006.

Later Years

From 2006 onwards, Yo Gotti released a total of 22 mixtapes, with his ‘Cocaine Muzik 2’ (2009) reaching the 11th position on the US Rap charts. In 2012, he released his album ‘Live from the Kitchen’, which reached the 4th position on the US Rap charts and sold over 16 thousand copies in its first week.

Yo Gotti continued to release albums, with ‘I Am’ (2013) reaching the 7th position on the US Billboard 200 and selling over 212 thousand copies in the United States. He also founded his own record label, Collective Music Group (CMG), and released mixtapes under this label.

In 2016, Yo Gotti released his eighth album titled ‘The Art of Hustle’, which debuted at the 4th position on the Billboard 200 charts. The album’s first single, ‘Down in the DM’, reached the 13th position on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Works with CMG label

Yo Gotti is currently the CEO and President of Collective Music Group (CMG), formerly known as Cocaine Muzik Group. Under this label, he released mixtapes such as ‘The Return’, ‘2 Federal’, ‘Chapter One’, and ‘White Friday (CM 9)’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Yo Gotti was previously married to Lakeisha Mims, with whom he has two daughters and a son. However, they later separated, and the current custody arrangement is unknown. He was also in a relationship with Jammie Moses, with whom he has three children, but their current status is unknown.

In addition to his music career, Yo Gotti has made a documentary titled ‘Born Hustler’, which explores his upbringing in the North Memphis neighborhood and features interviews with his mother and aunties discussing their hustling profession. He is also known for his collection of luxury cars and a jewelry collection worth millions of dollars.

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