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Jazz Ishmael Butler[2] is an American rapper and singer known professionally as Lil Tracy.[3] He was also known under the name Yung Bruh when he was starting his career. Tracy is best known for his collaborations with the late rapper Lil Peep,[4][5] specifically "Awful Things" which peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100[6] and for being a prominent member of the "SoundCloud rap" and underground rap scene.[7][8][9]

Lil Tracy
Lil Tracy на съемках нового клипа, 28 января 2019 г.jpg
Lil Tracy in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJazz Ishmael Butler
Also known as
  • Tracy
  • Yung Bruh
  • Souljahwitch
BornVirginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Genres
Years active2012–present
Labels
  • Independent
Associated acts

Early life

Jazz Butler was born on October 3, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces[10] and Cheryl Clemons, better known professionally as "Coko" from SWV.[11] Talking about growing up in Virginia Beach, Butler said "it sucked but I love it" and said he grew up listening to emo music and southern hip-hop artists who inspired him to make music.[12] Butler's parents split up when he was young and he would bounce between his mother and father's homes, Butler went to high school in Seattle, Washington at Garfield High School, and chose to be homeless at age 17.

Career

Butler started to make music when he was 15[1] before moving to Los Angeles, California at 18 (without alerting his parents) to focus more on his music career and due to being homeless.[3] Butler originally started rapping under the name "Yung Bruh", releasing several mixtapes under the Thraxxhouse collective. Some members of Thraxxhouse, including Tracy eventually started their own group, the collective Gothboiclique.[13] Through the group, Butler met New York rapper Lil Peep, the two quickly collaborated on the song "White Tee" from Peep's Crybaby mixtape which gathered attention through the hip-hop underground. He also released a single "Overdose" which sprouted his career even bigger.[14][15][1]

In mid-2016, Butler left Thraxxhouse and as a result changed his stage name from Yung Bruh to Lil Tracy due to discovering that there was already another artist using the “Yung Bruh” moniker.[3] Under his new name he released his long awaited mixtape Tracy's Manga on February 1, 2017.[13] Butler went on to release XOXO two months later on April 3.[16] Butler featured on the single "Awful Things" from Lil Peep's Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1 in August 2017.[17][18] The single peaked at number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

Butler released Life of a Popstar on July 31, 2017.[19][20]

In 2018, Lil Tracy released two EPs: Designer Talk on October 5[21] and long-awaited Sinner on November 2.[22]

Discography

Albums

  • Anarchy (2019)

Mixtapes

  • Cascadia Vibes (2013)
  • Information (2013)
  • Indigo Soul Mixtape (2014)
  • Depression (2014)
  • Asaku's Forest (2014)
  • e m o c e a n (2014)
  • ElegantAngel (2015)
  • When Angels Cry (Death Has Wings) (2015)
  • u,_u (2015)
  • Vintage LSD (2015)
  • Baeboyy (2015)
  • Tracy World (2016)
  • 757 Virginia Hood Nightmares (The Unknown Story) (2016)
  • Moon Stones (2016)
  • Tracy's Manga (2017)
  • XOXO (2017)
  • Life of a Popstar (2017)

Extended plays

  • Icy Robitussin 森林之神杨 (2014)
  • Heaven's Witch (2015)
  • Kim K & Kanye (2015)
  • Vampire Spendin' Money (2016)
  • Free Tracy Campaign (2016)
  • Desire (2016)
  • Castles (with Lil Peep) (2016)
  • Castles II (with Lil Peep) (2017)
  • Fly Away (with Lil Raven) (2017)
  • Hollywood High (with Mackned) (2017)
  • Designer Talk (2018)
  • Sinner (2018)

References

  1. ^ a b c Andrew Matson (2017-07-17). "When Will Lil Tracy Break Out Of SoundCloud Purgatory?". Retrieved 2018-06-16. Tracy has been (..) While his style only partly conforms to genre conventions, he has become a leader in the Gen Z category of “SoundCloud rap,”
  2. ^ "Who is GothBoiClique member Lil Tracy? | 808sandblues". 808sandblues. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ a b c Mass Appeal (2018-02-01), Open Space: Tracy, retrieved 2018-03-05
  4. ^ "Lil Tracy Nods To Lil Peep In 'Demons' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Lil Tracy Pays Tribute to Lil Peep With New "Demons" Video". Complex. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  6. ^ a b "Lil Peep Awful Things Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "The Emo Fan's Guide To Emo Rap - Riot Fest". Riot Fest. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  8. ^ "Who is Lil Peep and how did he get so famous?". Newsday. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. ^ Turner, David. "They Came From Soundcloud: Lil Uzi Vert and the 6 Rappers Who Could Be Rock Stars". W Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  10. ^ "Who Knew Coko Of SWV Has A Child With This POPULAR 90's Rapper? See Who". I Love Old School Music. 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  11. ^ "Coko". WE tv. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  12. ^ 6FT (2017-11-25), 6FT - The Lil Tracy Interview, retrieved 2018-03-05
  13. ^ a b "Lil Tracy is Dominating 2017 - Underground Spotlight". RunPoint.org. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  14. ^ Lil Peep (2016-05-17), lil peep w/ yung bruh - white tee, retrieved 2018-03-05
  15. ^ "The Long Legacy and Tragically Short Life of Lil Peep". Mass Appeal. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  16. ^ XOXO by LiL Tracy on Apple Music, 2017-04-03, retrieved 2018-03-05
  17. ^ Lil Peep (2017-08-17), Lil Peep - Awful Things ft. Lil Tracy (Official Video), retrieved 2018-03-05
  18. ^ "Try the TIDAL Web Player". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  19. ^ Life of a Popstar by LiL Tracy on Apple Music, 2017-11-24, retrieved 2018-03-05
  20. ^ "Listen to Lil Tracy's New 'Life of a Popstar' Project - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  21. ^ "DESIGNER TALK - EP by Tracy". Genius. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  22. ^ Sinner - EP by Lil Tracy, 2018-11-02, retrieved 2018-11-15