YSL Records (also known as Young Stoner Life Records) is an American record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 2016 by the Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug.[1] The company is a label imprint of 300 Entertainment.[2] Its artists include Gunna,[3] Lil Keed, and more. Several contemporary artists, such as Lil Baby (who used to be signed to the label[4]), Lil Gotit, YNW Melly, Lil Uzi Vert, Nav, and Travis Scott, have expressed allegiance to YSL, but are not contractually signed.

YSL Records
YSL Records Official Logo.png
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded2016 (2016)
FounderYoung Thug
Distributor(s)300 Elektra Entertainment
GenreHip hop, trap
Country of originUnited States
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
Official websiteyoungstonerliferecords.com

HistoryEdit

2016-2019Edit

The label was announced on November 15, 2016, through a video Young Thug had posted on his Snapchat showcasing his new office.[5] The video also includes a speech by 300 Entertainment co-founder, Kevin Liles, praising the new label.[6] In 2017, the label announced its first signee, fellow Atlanta native Gunna who was also being courted by Thug's mentor and former label Gucci Mane & 1017 Brick Squad Records.[7] During a string of mixtape releases that year, the label would announce further signees to the label with YoungBoy Never Broke Again signing a 5-album joint venture deal with YSL and Atlantic Records after opting against signing with Birdman's Cash Money Records, Lil Duke would also join the label alongside Thug's sisters Dolly and HiDoraah.[8][9]

On August 15, 2018, Thug announced a mixtape featuring the label's signees, except YoungBoy, titled Slime Language, which he released on his 27th birthday on August 16.[10] On September 12, Lil Baby announced a mixtape with Gunna titled Drip Harder, which was released on October 5 with Baby's label Quality Control.[11]

On February 22, 2019, Gunna released his debut studio album Drip or Drown 2, follow the album's single "One Call", which was accompanied by a music video.[12] On June 14, Lil Keed released his debut studio album Long Live Mexico, which was supported by three singles "Oh My God", "Proud Of Me", and "Pull Up".[13][14]

2020-presentEdit

On February 28, 2020, Zaytoven released a mixtape with Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, and Lil Yachty titled A-Team.[15] In March, Gunna announced his second album Wunna. Its lead single Skybox was released on March 6, alongside a music video.[16][17] On March 16, Gunna stated on Twitter that Wunna is an acronym for: "Wealthy Unapologetic N***a Naturally Authentic".[18] On April 3, Young Thug and Gunna released the single "Quarantine Clean", produced by Turbo.[19] The following day, Gunna explained the album had experienced release issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[20] The Gunna and Young Thug collaboration was their first released song together since "Diamonds", which was released in December 2019.

On August 7, 2020, Lil Keed released his second studio album Trapped on Cleveland 3 through YSL Records.[21]

On December 18, 2020, YSL Records released "Take It to Trial", by Young Thug, Gunna and featuring Yak Gotti, the first single off the Slime Language 2 compilation, which followed on April 16, 2021.[22]

On January 7, 2022, Gunna released his third studio album DS4Ever, which served as the fourth and final installment in his Drip Season series.[23]

On May 9, 2022, members of YSL were arrested and charged with RICO-related charges stemming from a grand jury indictment filed in Georgia's Fulton County. Both Young Thug and Gunna were among the 28 associates charged and were arrested.[24][25]

On May 14, 2022, Lil Keed died at the age of 24.[26]

Notable artistsEdit

CurrentEdit

Act Year
signed
Releases
(under the label)
Young Thug Founder 10
Gunna[27] 2017 8
Strick[28] 4

FormerEdit

Act Years
on the label
Releases
(under the label)
Lil Baby[4] 2016 -
YoungBoy Never Broke Again 2017 -
Lil Keed[28] (deceased) 2018-2022 7

DiscographyEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

Studio album, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[29]
US R&B/HH
[30]
US
Rap

[31]
CAN
[32]
BEL
(FL)

[33]
NLD
[34]
Slime Language
(with Young Thug)
8 11 111 46
Slime Language 2
(with Young Thug and Gunna)
  • Released: April 16, 2021
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
1 1 1 2 19 6
My Struggle
(with Unfoonk)
  • Released: June 18, 2021
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
Big Deal
(with FN DaDealer)
  • Released: July 14, 2021
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
Duke Hefner
(with Lil Duke)
  • Released: July 23, 2021
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
Versatalien
(with YTB Trench)
  • Released: July 30, 2021
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP
Confetti Nights
(with T-Shyne)
  • Released: April 1, 2022
  • Label: YSL, 300
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, CD, LP

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 Album
US
Bub.

[35]
US
R&B/HH

[36]
NZ
Hot

[37]
"Take It to Trial"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Yak Gotti)
2020 2 33 18 Slime Language 2
"GFU"
(with Yak Gotti and Sheck Wes featuring Yung Kayo)
2021
"That Go!"
(with Young Thug and Meek Mill featuring T-Shyne)
9 43
"Bstroy Socks"
(with Yung Kayo)
Non-album single
"Temperature"
(with Unfoonk)
My Struggle
"Cha Cha Slide"
(with Yak Gotti)
Non-album singles
"Sheesh"
(with Karlae)
"Temperature"
(with Unfoonk)
My Struggle
"30 for 30"
(with T-Shyne)
TBA
"Messed Up"
(with Fase Yoda)
Non-album singles
"Silent"
(with Unfoonk featuring Blac Youngsta)
"Feed the Fam"
(with T-Shyne)
2022 Confetti Nights
"Opp Top"
(with Bslime)
Non-album singles
"Blind"
(with Karlae featuring Lil Yachty)
"Because of You"
(with Fase Yoda)
"Separation"
(with Bslime)
"Did That"
(with Karlae)
"DEA"
(with Unfoonk)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Baguettes"
(DJ Mlg featuring YSL Records)
2019 Non-album singles
"Not One of Us"
(NobleBrendan featuring YSL Records)
2021

Other charted and certified songsEdit

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[38]
US
R&B/HH

[36]
US
R&B/HH

[39]
CAN
[40]
NZ
Hot

[41]
UK
[42]
WW
[43]
"Slatty"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Yak Gotti and Lil Duke)
2021 99 39 154 Slime Language 2
"Ski"
(with Young Thug and Gunna)
18 11 9 33 6 72 23
"Diamonds Dancing"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Travis Scott)
46 21 16 39 5 80 35
"Solid"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Drake)
12 6 4 8 1 36 11
"Came and Saw"
(with Young Thug featuring Rowdy Rebel)
66 29 23 76 87
"Paid the Fine"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Lil Baby and YTB Trench)
77 32 93 104
"Proud of You"
(with Young Thug and Gunna featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Yung Kayo)
59 27 21 57 9 65
"Real"
(with Young Thug featuring Unfoonk)
[A] 47
"Litty"
(with Young Thug featuring DaBaby)
[B] 32
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Artist releasesEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Details
2019 GunnaDrip or Drown 2[45]
  • Released: February 22, 2019
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 2 U.S.
  • RIAA Certificate: Gold
Lil KeedLong Live Mexico[46]
  • Released: June 14, 2019
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 26 U.S.
Young ThugSo Much Fun[47]
  • Released:
    • August 16, 2019
    • December 20, 2019 (deluxe)[48]
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certificate: Platinum
2020 Gunna – Wunna[49]
  • Released: May 22, 2020
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certificate: Gold
Lil Keed – Trapped on Cleveland 3[50]
  • Released: August 7, 2020
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: No. 41 U.S
2021 Young ThugPunk[51]
  • Released: October 15, 2021
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 1 U.S.
2022 Gunna – DS4Ever
  • Released: January 7, 2022
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: No. 1 U.S.

Extended playsEdit

Year Album details
StrickSee You When I Land[52]
  • Released: January 19, 2019
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download, streaming

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album details Details
2018 Young Thug (with YSL Records) – Slime Language[53]
  • Released: August 17, 2018
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Chart position: No. 8 U.S.
2019 StrickThe Machine, Vol. 1[54]
  • Released: June 28, 2019
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: uncharted
Strick – The Machine, Vol. 2[55]
  • Released: October 31, 2019
  • Label: YSL Records
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: uncharted
2021 Young Thug and Gunna (with YSL Records) – Slime Language 2[56]
  • Released: April 16, 2021
  • Label: YSL Records, 300
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: No. 1 U.S.[57]

MixtapesEdit

Year Artist – Album Details
2016 GunnaDrip Season[58]
  • Released: October 25, 2016
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
2017 Gunna – Drip Season 2[59]
  • Released: May 11, 2017
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
Gunna – Drip or Drown[60]
  • Released: November 30, 2017
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
2018 Gunna – Drip Season 3[61]
  • Released: February 2, 2018
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
Gunna (with Lil Baby) – Drip Harder[62]
  • Released: October 4, 2018
  • Label: Quality Control, YSL Records, 300 Entertainment, Motown, Capitol
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: No. 4 U.S.
  • RIAA Certificate: Platinum
2020 Lil Keed (with Zaytoven, Lil Gotit, & Lil Yachty) – A-Team[63]
  • Released: February 28, 2020
  • Label: YSL Records, 300 Entertainment, Quality Control, Alamo Records
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
Young Thug (with Chris Brown) – Slime & B
  • Released: May 5, 2020
  • Label: CBE, YSL Records, 300 Entertainment, RCA
  • Formats: digital download, streaming
  • Chart position: No. 24 U.S.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Real" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[35]
  2. ^ "Litty" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 25 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[35]

CultureEdit

Many popular rap artists own YSL chains, usually given to them by Young Thug. Lil Uzi Vert,[64] Drake,[65] Lil Baby,[66] Lil Gotit,[67] and YoungBoy Never Broke Again[8] all have YSL chains. The official YSL Records Instagram page created a large stir after announcing a project titled Slime Language, which ended up being a compilation album by YSL Records. A phrase commonly mentioned in songs by YSL affiliates is "SLATT" (Slime Love All The Time). The acronym was created by YSL Records founder Young Thug, and was first used back in 2013.[68] CEO, Young Thug, also launched the "SPIDER" clothing brand on December 27, 2019, which has been co-signed by YSL affiliates.[69] Many artists on the record label grew up near Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia like Lil Keed, Young Thug, and Cheat Code.[70]

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