Alvin Lamar Worthy (born July 27, 1982), known professionally as Westside Gunn, is an American rapper. He is a co-founder of independent hip-hop label Griselda Records. He is the paternal half-brother of rapper Conway the Machine[1] and cousin of rapper Benny the Butcher, both of whom he frequently collaborates with. Westside Gunn has released five studio albums in addition to an extensive catalog of mixtapes. Gunn was affiliated with Shady Records from 2017 to 2020, but has since returned to independent status.

Westside Gunn
Westside Gunn in 2020
Westside Gunn in 2020
Background information
Birth nameAlvin Lamar Worthy
Also known as
  • FLYGOD
  • Hall
  • W.S.G.
  • Goldie
  • Westie the Bestie
  • Gunn
Born (1982-07-27) July 27, 1982 (age 41)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
GenresEast Coast hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record executive
  • curator
  • fashion designer
  • businessman
Years active
  • 2005
  • 2012–present
Labels

Career edit

Westside Gunn released his first mixtape in 2005, however his career was derailed by run-ins with the law. Gunn did not release any music from 2006 to 2011.[2]

In 2012, Westside Gunn co-founded the Griselda Records label with Conway the Machine and Mach-Hommy.[3] Gunn was inspired to revitalize his career by the shooting of his brother Conway that same year, which left him with permanent disabilities, as well as by the 2006 murder of his cousin Machine Gun Black. Gunn's first project for Griselda was the mixtape Hitler Wears Hermes. While the name attracted controversy for its reference to Adolf Hitler, Gunn explained that the name is a play on The Devil Wears Prada.[2]

Over the next few years, Gunn released a steady stream of mixtapes and EPs, including multiple sequels to Hitler Wears Hermes, on the Griselda label. Gunn's official studio album debut was Flygod, released on March 11, 2016.

On March 3, 2017, Griselda Records signed a deal with Eminem's Shady Records, making Westside Gunn and Conway the first rappers from Buffalo to sign with a major label.[3] After signing with Shady, Gunn played at Coachella, Firefly and Governors Ball.[4] On October 2, 2020, Westside Gunn released his Shady Records debut, Who Made the Sunshine, his only solo project with Shady Records.

Shortly after signing with Shady Records, Westside released Flygod Is Good... All the Time, as a collaborative EP with producer Mr. Green.[5] Ambrosia For Heads named 2018's Supreme Blientele one of the best albums of 2018.[6] He also signed with Roc Nation alongside label mate Benny the Butcher on August 6, 2019, under a management deal.[7]

On April 17, 2020, he released his third studio album, Pray for Paris. The album has features from artists such as Tyler, the Creator, Wale, Joey Badass and Freddie Gibbs.[8] On July 3, 2020, Westside Gunn released his tenth mixtape Flygod Is an Awesome God II, the sequel to his July 2019 mixtape Flygod Is an Awesome God. The album features guest appearances by frequent collaborators Benny The Butcher, Keisha Plum, Boldy James, and Daringer.[9]

On November 14, 2020, in an interview with Joe Budden, Gunn announced he had fulfilled his contractual obligations to Shady Records and had become an independent artist.[10]

In 2021, he released two songs titled "TV Boy" and "Julia Lang". The track "Julia Lang" was titled after fashion entrepreneur Julia Lang.[11]

Personal life edit

Gunn has stated within various interviews that he's a "devout wrestling fan" and often references this within his song lyrics and song titles. He often can be seen in the front-row seats of the audience of Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, WWE and All Elite Wrestling events. He maintains friendships with wrestlers Parker Boudreaux, Lio Rush, Finn Bálor, Bianca Belair, Montez Ford, Montel Vontavious Porter, Sonjay Dutt, Daniel Garcia, and Myron Reed. When asked who were his top 5 wrestlers on fellow rapper Smoke DZA's "Personal Podcast", he stated "It always changes but Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Chris Benoit".[12] On the September 7, 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite, Gunn escorted wrestler, close friend and fellow Buffalo native Daniel Garcia to the ring to face Wheeler Yuta in an ROH Pure Championship match, which Garcia won.[13]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

List of studio albums, with selected details and peak chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US
R&B/HH

[15]
US
Ind.

[16]
AUS
[17]
CAN
[18]
Flygod
Supreme Blientele
  • Released: June 22, 2018[19]
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming
26
Pray for Paris
  • Released: April 17, 2020[19]
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming
67 39 8
Who Made the Sunshine
  • Released: October 2, 2020[19]
  • Label: Griselda, Shady, Interscope
  • Format: digital download, streaming
And Then You Pray for Me
  • Released: October 13, 2023
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
29 8 6 81 95

With Griselda edit

EPs edit

  • There's God and There's Flygod, Praise Both (2016)[20]
  • Riots on Fashion Avenue (with Mil Beats) (2017)[21]
  • WestSide Doom (with MF Doom) (2017)
  • Flygod Is Good... All the Time (with Mr. Green) (2018)[21]

Mixtapes edit

Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US
Ind.

[22]
Hitler Wears Hermes
  • Released: October 23, 2012[21]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 2
  • Released: September 22, 2014
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 3
  • Released: September 16, 2015
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 4
  • Released: October 31, 2016[23]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 5
  • Released: October 31, 2017
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 6
  • Released: October 31, 2018
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Flygod is an Awesome God
  • Released: July 5, 2019[21]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
17
Hitler Wears Hermes 7
  • Released: November 1, 2019[24]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
47
Flyest Nig@@ in Charge, Vol. 1
  • Released: January 2, 2020[25] (recorded in 2005)
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Flygod is an Awesome God 2
  • Released: July 3, 2020[26]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf
  • Released: August 27, 2021[21]
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
34
Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B
  • Released: September 24, 2021[21]
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
196 34
Peace "Fly" God
  • Released: July 8, 2022[27]
  • Label: Griselda
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
10
  • Released: October 28, 2022[28]
  • Label: Griselda, Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
183 29

Collaborative mixtapes edit

Charted songs edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[29]
US
R&B/HH

[30]
US
Rap

[31]
AUS
[32]
CAN
[33]
WW
[34]
"Keep My Spirit Alive"
(Kanye West featuring Conway the Machine and Westside Gunn)
2021 59 28 23 41 51 51 Donda
"Lost Forever"
(Travis Scott featuring Westside Gunn)
2023 46 22 20 71 39 47 Utopia

Music videos edit

As lead artist
Year Album Title Director Featured artist
2015 Flygod Mr. T One Dream Films
2016 There's God and There's Flygod, Praise Both Peter Luger
Hitler Wears Hermes 4 Summerslam 88 n/c
Flygod Over Gold One Dream Films Meyhem Lauren
2020 Pray For Paris Euro Step The Wizard
Allah Sent Me Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine
2021 WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE Liz Loves Luger Chariot Pictures Armani Caesar
Hitler Wears Hermes 8 Julia Lang Revenxnt
2022 10 FlyGod Jr The Daily Gems Doe Boy, DJ Drama
Mac Don't Stop & Nigo Louis n/c
Peppas The Daily Gems Black Star
2023 Super Kick Party
BDP Rome Streetz, Stove God Cooks
As featured artist
Year Artist Title Director Other featured artists
2016 Conway the Machine Rex Ryan Mobile Kitchen Sound Roc Marciano
2019 DJ Premier Headlines Jason Goldwatch Conway The Machine, Benny the Butcher
2020 RMR Welfare Cameron Dean
2021 Mach-Hommy Folie à Deux The Daily Gems Keisha Plum
Brady Watt The Narcissist Jim Warren & Alexandra Derderian DJ Premier
2022 Conway The Machine John Woo Flick Langston Sessoms Benny the Butcher
Meyhem Lauren Trigger Point Therapy n/c
2023 Talib Kweli & Madlib Richies Part Two Unjust Roc Marciano
DJ Premier Runway DJ Premier Rome Streetz

References edit

  1. ^ "I Love Fly Street Shit: An Interview With Westside Gunn". Passionweiss. March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pryor, Lex (2020-10-02). "The Flygod Takes Flight". The Ringer. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  3. ^ a b "Shady X Griselda Ink Deal for WestsideGunn and Conway". Shady Records. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ Suarez, Gary. "At The Nexus Of Rap And Wrestling, Westside Gunn Reigns Supreme". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  5. ^ "Westside Gunn & Mr. Green Unite for 'FLYGOD Is Good... All The Time' EP". Hypebeast. 23 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2018 (Battle 3): Pusha-T vs. Westside Gunn". Ambrosia For Heads. 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  7. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (2019-08-06). "Benny the Butcher and Westside Gunn Sign Roc Nation Management Deal". Complex. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  8. ^ "Westside Gunn Expands His Rap Dynasty With 'Pray for Paris'". HYPEBEAST. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  9. ^ Strauss, Matthew (July 1, 2020). "Westside Gunn Details New Album Flygod Is an Awesome God II". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Eustice, Kyle (2020-11-14). "Westside Gunn Tells Joe Budden He's Left Eminem's Shady Records". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  11. ^ Powell, Jon (31 March 2021). "Westside Gunn Returns With "Julia Lang" And "Tv Boy"". Revolt (TV network).
  12. ^ SMOKE DZA PERSONAL PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH WESTSIDE GUNN, Sep 25, 2021, retrieved Sep 25, 2021
  13. ^ Westside Gunn Performs On AEW, Sep 8, 2022, retrieved Sep 25, 2022
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  15. ^ "Westside Gunn Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  16. ^ "Westside Gunn Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 23 October 2023". The ARIA Report. No. 1755. Australian Recording Industry Association. October 23, 2023. p. 6.
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  21. ^ a b c d e f Westside Gunn discography at AllMusic
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  24. ^ "Hitler Wears Hermes 7 by Westside Gunn on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  25. ^ "Westside Gunn Drops Flyest Nig@@ In Charge Vol. 1 Mixtape – Today in Hip-Hop". XXL. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  26. ^ "Flygod Is an Awesome God 2 by Westside Gunn on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  27. ^ "Peace "Fly" God by Westside Gunn on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  28. ^ Helfand, Raphael (October 28, 2022). "Westside Gunn drops surprise album Ten". The Fader. Retrieved October 28, 2022.
  29. ^ Peaks on the Hot 100:
  30. ^ Peaks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:
  31. ^ Peaks on the Hot Rap Songs chart:
  32. ^ Peaks in Australia:
    • "Keep My Spirit Alive": "Kanye West - Keep My Spirit Alive". australian-charts.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
    • "Lost Forever": "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 7 August 2023". The ARIA Report. No. 1744. Australian Recording Industry Association. August 7, 2023. p. 3–4.
  33. ^ Peaks on the Canadian Hot 100:
  34. ^ Peaks on the Global 200: