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Mario Mims (born May 27, 1981), known professionally as Yo Gotti, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. In 1996, Gotti released his debut album Youngsta's On a Come Up under the alias Lil Yo. He went on to release From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), Back 2 da Basics (2006), Live from the Kitchen (2012), I Am (2013), The Art of Hustle (2016) and I Still Am (2017).

Yo Gotti
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Yo Gotti in February 2013.
Mario Mims[1]

(1981-05-27) May 27, 1981 (age 38)
Other namesLil Yo[2]
Years active1996–present
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Associated acts



2000–06: Career beginningsEdit

Mims grew up in Ridgecrest Apartments in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee.[4] He began his music career around the age of 14, rapping as Lil Yo, affiliated with DJ Sound and his crew.[2] Between 2000 and 2006, Yo Gotti released a string of independent albums: From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), and Back 2 da Basics (2006).[5][6]

2009–12: Live from the KitchenEdit

Gotti in July 2009.

After several delays, Yo Gotti released his major label debut studio album Live From The Kitchen on January 10, 2012.[7][8] The album's original first single was titled "5 Star" and it was released on May 20, 2009.[9] The single peaked at 79 on the Hot 100, 19 on U.S R&B and 11 on U.S Rap.[10][11] "Women Lie, Men Lie" featuring Lil Wayne the album's second single was released on December 11, 2009.[12] The song peaked at 81 on 100, 22 on the U.S R&B and 12 on the U.S Rap.[10][11] "Look In the Mirror" was the third single released 7 months after the second single on July 27, 2010.[13] The song peaked at 97 on the U.S R&B chart.[10] Live From The Kitchen debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, with 16,000 copies sold in its first week of sales in the United States.[14] After three weeks on the chart the album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States.[15] In 2012 due to Gotti's views of the low sales of his debut album he took his departure from RCA Records & Polo Grounds Music.[16] On October 17, 2012, he released the 7th version of his well-known mixtape series Cocaine Muzik entitled Cocaine Muzik 7: The World Is Yours.[17]

2013–present: I Am and The Art of HustleEdit

In early 2013, Gotti announced that he and his label CMG had been signed to a distribution deal with Epic Records from longtime business partner L.A. Reid.[18] On May 28, 2013, Yo Gotti announced that his sixth studio album would be titled I Am.[19] The first single from his sixth studio album I Am is titled "Act Right" and features Young Jeezy and YG.[20] The song debuted at #5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and at #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[21] As of September 21, it has peaked at #100 on the Hot 100, making it Gotti and YG's third Hot 100 entry, #33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at #24 on the Rap Songs chart.[11][21][22] In July 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on November 19, 2013.[23] On August 22, 2013, he announced the I Am Tour Dates, a tour in promotion of I Am which ran from September 14, 2013, until November 19, 2013, with supporting acts including YG, Zed Zilla, Shy Glizzy and Cash Out.[24] On September 2, 2013, Yo Gotti released the mixtape Nov 19th: The Mixtape in promotion for the album.[25]

On October 7, 2013, the album's second official single "King Shit" featuring T.I. was sent to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[26] On October 15, 2013, the music video for "King Shit" featuring T.I. was released.[27] "King Shit" has since peaked at five on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[28] On October 27, 2013, Yo Gotti premiered the album's third single, "Cold Blood" featuring rapper J. Cole and Canei Finch.[29]

On February 1, 2016, Yo Gotti released the official cover art for both the standard and deluxe versions of The Art of Hustle, and the release date of the album.[30] The album released on February 19, 2016, and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200.[31] The album's lead single "Down in the DM" (featuring Nicki Minaj on the remix) peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[22] In August 2016, singer Meghan Trainor released "Better" featuring Gotti, as the third single from her second major-label album, Thank You.[32] Gotti closed out 2016 with the announcement of a deal with Jay Z and his Roc Nation label, in partnership with his own CMG (Collective Music Group) imprint. [33]

On June 1, 2017, Gotti released a collaborative mixtape with record producer Mike Will Made It, titled Gotti Made-It.[34] The mixtape's lead single, "Rake It Up" featuring Nicki Minaj, has so far peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single in the country.[22]

Collective Music GroupEdit

Collective Music Group
FounderYo Gotti
Distributor(s)Epic Records
Country of originUnited States
LocationMemphis, Tennessee

Collective Music Group also known as CMG, formerly known as Cocaine Muzik Group, is a record label founded by Yo Gotti. He currently is at the labels helm as CEO. The labels current president is Yo Gotti's relative, Brandon Mims.[35] The label's first official release was Yo Gotti's sixth studio album I Am. The label released a collective project featuring the whole roster titled Chapter One in 2014.

Current artistsEdit


Awards and nominationsEdit

BET Hip Hop AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result
2014[39] Album of the Year I Am Nominated
2017[40] Best Collabo, Duo or Group "Rake It Up" (with Nicki Minaj) Nominated
Best Mixtape Gotti Made-It (with Mike Will Made It) Nominated

Soul Train Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result
2017[41] Rhythm & Bars Award "Rake It Up" (with Nicki Minaj) Nominated


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