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City Girls is an American female rap duo from Miami, Florida consisting of Yung Miami (born Caresha Romeka Brownlee on February 11, 1993)[1] and JT (born Jatavia Shakara Johnson on December 3, 1992).[2][3] The group's name derives from the pair being from Opa-locka and Liberty City, described by Complex as "two of the roughest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida."[4] They garnered attention after guest spotting on Drake's chart-topping hit, "In My Feelings".[3]

City Girls
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S
GenresHip hop
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated actsTrina, Cardi B
MembersYung Miami
JT

CareerEdit

After signing to Quality Control Music, JT and Yung Miami were ranked as the most popular developing artists of the week, according to the measuring activity across Billboard charts Hot 100, the Social 50, and Billboard 200.[5]

The duo recorded their debut studio track, "Fuck Dat Nigga", which was a diss track that targeted broke suitors and jealous onlookers in August 2017.[2] Yung Miami promoted it through social media and by paying DJs to play it in clubs. Soon the track, which features a prominent sample of fellow Florida rapper Khia's "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)", racked up hundreds of thousands of plays.[6] Shortly after the release of "Fuck Dat Nigga", JT was arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.[7] The judge did eventually agree to push back her surrender date.[7] JT began her prison term in July 2018 for credit card fraud charges and is set to be released from prison on March 21, 2020.[8] While JT was incarcerated, Yung Miami continued promote the group's music, saying: "When she was in jail, I was going to strip clubs and I would pay a DJ $20 to play the song. It started taking off."[6] Later that year, the track was included in Quality Control's compilation album, Control the Streets Volume 1,[2] and it went to number five on the Billboard 200. It also topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop chart.[2] The official music video for "Fuck Dat Nigga" came out in January 2018 and featured an appearance from rapper Trina.

In May 2018, the City Girls released their debut mixtape, Period, which reached No. 16 on Heatseekers Albums the same month.[5][9] Period also went on to be ranked the 26th best Hip Hop Album in 2018 by Rolling Stone.[10]

In November 2018, the City Girls released their debut studio album, Girl Code, which features Cardi B, Lil Baby and Jacquees.[11] City Girls contributed guest vocals to Drake's song, "In My Feelings",[12] with Yung Miami appearing in the music video.[13] In August 2018, they released the documentary, Point Blank Period.[14] In November 2018, their album Girl Code entered the Billboard 200 at number 63.[15] Their single, "Twerk", featuring Cardi B, reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.[16][17] Their follow-up single, "Act Up", hit number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 2019.[18]

Personal livesEdit

Both JT and Yung Miami grew up in rough areas of Miami. At 17, they were performing in strip clubs, night clubs and block parties.[3] Caresha Brownlee, aka Yung Miami, talks about her love of trap music at a young age. "My little boyfriend used to take me to school every day, so I grew up listening to a lot of trap music."[3] Before rapping, Caresha was an Instagram influencer who promoted her own fashion line.[19] She revealed on June 11, 2019 that she is expecting her second child, and first with boyfriend and music producer, Southside.[20]

Currently, JT is being held at FCI Tallahassee on fraudulent credit card charges, after turning herself into the authorities.[8] She began to serve a two-year prison sentence for credit card fraud on June 29, 2018. She is slated to be released March 21, 2020.[8] A few celebrities have shown to be displeased with the recent incarceration of the artist, Trina wore a T-shirt that had "Free JT" written on it and Drake posted on Instagram "Free my shorty."[8] On August 6, 2019, Yung Miami was the subject of a drive-by shooting after leaving Circle House Studios in her hometown of Miami. An unknown assailant with no lights on attempted to fire shots into her vehicle, striking her red G-wagon in the spare tire. She and her unborn child by Southside were not injured in the incident.[21]

ControversiesEdit

In August 2018, Yung Miami was among several rappers who faced criticism after the circulation of tweets she had written in the past that contained homophobic remarks.[22] In 2013, Yung Miami stated that she wouldn’t want one of her sons to be gay and would beat him if she found out that he was.[23] Her comments were found offensive, especially considering the fact that much of the commercial support for City Girls is drawn from the LGBTQ community.[24] Following the resurfacing of her statements, Yung Miami publicly issued a formal apology within an Instagram post.[23]

Though she apologized, Yung Miami found herself embroiled in controversy once more on November 13 when she doubled down on her homophobic statements in an appearance on Power 105.1’s radio show The Breakfast Club.[23] During the interview, Yung Miami was questioned by radio host Charlamagne Tha God in regard to her controversial tweet that claims what she would do if she found out that her son was gay. Yung Miami replied that her previous tweet had nothing to do with the LGBTQ community and was specifically about her son. She said, "I was just talking about my son. I just said that if I saw anything gay in my son, that I would beat him."[23] The rapper attempted to provide clarity for what she had actually meant. Yung Miami elaborated, "But that’s just like when your mama be like, 'If you break my table I’m gonna beat the shit out of you.' That don’t mean she’s gonna beat the shit out of you, she’s just saying it."[25] While she stood by her comment that as a mother she does not want a gay son, Yung Miami insisted that she does not harbor any resentment towards gay people. Yung Miami explained that she spends much time around many gay people, including her cousin and hairstylist.[25]

Commentators throughout social media immediately decried the rapper, saying that her very line of reasoning was homophobic and the comments she made on The Breakfast Club were hateful and anti-LGBTQ.[23] It was also emphasized that such corporal punishment is still in practice among some parents who condemn their children's sexual orientation.[24]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[26]
US
R&B
/HH

[27]
Girl Code 55 31

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[5]
Period 16

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[30]
US
R&B
/HH

[31]
CAN
[32]
"Fuck Dat Nigga"[33] 2017 Control the Streets, Volume 1
"Where the Bag At"[34] 2018 Period
"Twerk"
(featuring Cardi B)
2019 29 14 70 Girl Code
"Act Up" 26 13 77
"Come On"
(with Saweetie featuring DJ Durel)[36]
Control the Streets, Volume 2

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub

[37]
US
R&B
/HH
Bub

[38]
NZ
Hot

[39]
"Real Drip"[40]
(Kiddo Marv featuring City Girls and Major Nine)
2018 Non-album single
"4 1 Nite"[41]
(Mike Smiff featuring City Girls)
All Gas No Brakes (Vol. 3)
"I Just Wanna"[42]
(Trina featuring City Girls and Aire)
Non-album singles
"Caramel"[43]
(Lloyd featuring City Girls)
2019
"Soakin Wet"[44]
(Marlo and Offset featuring City Girls)
Control the Streets, Volume 2
"Throw Fits"[45]
(London on da Track and G-Eazy featuring City Girls and Juvenile)
Non-album single
"Leave Em Alone"[46]
(Layton Greene and Lil Baby featuring City Girls and PnB Rock)
12 1 Control the Streets, Volume 2
"She A Winner"[47][48]
(Trouble featuring City Girls)
Non-album singles
"Wigs"[49]
(ASAP Ferg featuring City Girls and Antha)
"Three Point Stance"[50]
(Juicy J featuring City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion)
"Perfect"[51]
(Cousin Stizz featuring City Girls)
"Wiggle It"[52]
(French Montana featuring City Girls)
Control the Streets, Volume 2
"Fuck It Up"[53]
(YBN Nahmir featuring City Girls and Tyga)
Non-album singles
"Peach"[54]
(Pardison Fontaine featuring City Girls)
"My Type (Remix)"[55]
(Saweetie featuring City Girls and Jhené Aiko)
38

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Yung and Bhad"[56]
(Bhad Bhabie featuring City Girls)
2018 15

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"In My Feelings"[A][6] 2018 Drake Scorpion
"A&T"[B][57] 21 Savage I Am > I Was
"Surf"[58] 2019 King Combs, AzChike, Tee Grizzley Cyncerely, C3
"4 Da Moment"[59] Moneybagg Yo 43va Heartless
"Pastor"[60] Quavo, Megan Thee Stallion Control the Streets, Volume 2
"Like That"[60] Stefflon Don, Renni Rucci, Mustard

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Uncredited appearance; later released as a single
  2. ^ Uncredited appearance

ReferencesEdit

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  37. ^ Peak positions on the Bubbling Under Hot 100:
  38. ^ Peaks for the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs:
  39. ^ Peaks for the New Zealand Hot Singles Chart:
  40. ^ "Real Drip (feat. City Girls & Major Nine) - Single by Kiddo Marv". Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  41. ^ "4 1 Nite (feat. City Girls) - Single by Mike Smiff". Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  42. ^ "I Just Wanna (feat. City Girls & Aire) - Single by Trina". Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  43. ^ "Caramel (feat. City Girls) - Single by Lloyd". Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  44. ^ "Soakin Wet (feat. City Girls) - Single by Quality Control, Marlo & Offset". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  45. ^ "Throw Fits (feat. City Girls & Juvenile) - Single by London On Da Track & G-Eazy". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  46. ^ "Leave Em Alone (feat. City Girls & PnB Rock) - Single by Quality Control, Layton Greene & Lil Baby". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  47. ^ "She A Winner (feat. City Girls) - Single by Trouble". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
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  50. ^ Price, Joe (June 28, 2019). "Juicy J Recruits City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion for New Single 'Three Point Stance'". Complex. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  51. ^ "Perfect (feat. City Girls) - Single by Cousin Stizz". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  52. ^ "Wiggle It (feat. City Girls) - Single by French Montana". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  53. ^ "F**k It Up (feat. City Girls & Tyga) - Single by YBN Nahmir". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
  54. ^ "Peach (feat. City Girls) - Single by Pardison Fontaine". Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019 – via Apple Music.
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