Quantavious Tavario Thomas[3] (born December 17, 1992), known professionally as Young Nudy, is an American rapper. Thomas is best known for his mixtapes Slimeball (2016), Slimeball 2 (2017), and Slimeball 3 (2018), and his collaborative song "Since When" (2018) with his cousin 21 Savage. He released his debut studio album Anyways on February 24, 2020, followed by Dr. Ev4l in 2021.

Young Nudy
Young Nudy.jpg
Background information
Birth nameQuantavious Tavario Thomas
Also known as
  • PDE Young Nudy
  • Slimeball
Born (1992-12-17) December 17, 1992 (age 30)
East Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2014[1]–present
Labels
Websiteyoungnudy.com

The rapper, who signed with Paradise East Records, RCA Records and Same Plate Entertainment prior to the release of 2018's Slimeball 3, has several viral hits such as the unreleased song "Pissy Pamper" (featuring Playboi Carti). As of mid-2019, he has been featured on the Dreamville Records single "Down Bad" along with its co-founder J. Cole, JID, Bas and EarthGang. The song became his first Billboard Hot 100 hit, reaching number 64. His collaboration album Sli'merre with American record producer Pi'erre Bourne debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at number 63 the following week. The project, consisting of 12 songs, featured fellow rappers Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby. The project is deemed his breakout album, being released to generally positive reviews.[4]

On February 3, 2019, Thomas and 21 Savage were arrested in a targeted operation in DeKalb County, Georgia. Thomas was charged with aggravated assault, while Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and alleged to be in the United States illegally from the United Kingdom.[5]

Early lifeEdit

Thomas was born in East Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, in the Paradise East Apartments. He is the older brother to PDE 4L G5ive and a cousin to fellow Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage.[6] Nudy grew up with his mother but said he had a closer bond with his grandparents than he had with his mother.[7] He is of Jamaican descent.[8]

CareerEdit

2015–2018: Slimeball 2, Nudy Land, and Slimeball 3Edit

In 2015, Nudy was featured on American rapper 21 Savage's's song "Air It Out". Later that year, Nudy released the mixtape Paradise 2 East Atlanta with rapper Kourtney Money.

In 2017, Nudy released the sequel to Slimeball, Slimeball 2, which featured artists Juicy J, Peso, 21 Savage and Kourtney Money, as well as production by Metro Boomin, Pi'erre Bourne, and Richie Souf. Its lead single, "EA" featured 21 Savage and garnered 146 million streams on Spotify and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on October 24th, 2022.[9][10]

In late 2017, Nudy released the Nudy Land mixtape, which featured rappers Offset and Lil Yachty. It was once more produced by longtime producer Pierre Bourne. The mixtape also featured 13 tracks. As of June 2019, the mixtape has surpassed 30 million total streams on Spotify.[11]

Prior to the release of Slimeball 3, Young Nudy signed a multi-million dollar, four-album record deal with Paradise East Records, RCA Records and Same Plate Entertainment.

In August 2018, Nudy released the 14-track Slimeball 3 mixtape, as the sequel to the previous Slimeballs. The mixtape featured production by Pi'erre Bourne, Metro, Wheezy, 13teen and Maaly Raw, among others. Previous singles "Do That" and "Sherbert" were among the 14 tracks on the mixtape. The mixtape became Nudy's first charting project on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 146. The project has a total of over 18 million streams on Apple Music as of May 2019.[12]

2019–present: Faded in the Booth, Sli'merre, Anyways, Dr. Ev4lEdit

In April 2019, Nudy released a surprise project titled Faded in the Booth. On August 21, 2019, Young Nudy and RCA Records re-released the project on streaming platforms.[citation needed] Just two weeks before the release of his collaborative mixtape Sli'merre, a song entitled "Pissy Pamper" with fellow rapper Playboi Carti surfaced. The track, produced by Pi'erre Bourne, became an internet meme, with Playboi Carti performing the song at Coachella. An unofficial upload of the song—which has not yet been officially released—has over 4 million plays on SoundCloud. His collaboration album Sli'merre with American record producer Pi'erre Bourne debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at number 63 the following week. In June 2019, Young Nudy and Pi'erre Bourne confirmed that the song would no longer be released due to sample clearance issues.[citation needed]

On May 11, producer ChaseTheMoney revealed what is thought to be a tracklist for Nudy's album CTMX2. The tracklist has a number of artists such as Billie Eilish, Young Thug and most notably featured the song "God Flinch" featuring Nudy, J. Cole and Drake; the song was eventually released without Drake as "Sunset" on Dreamville's mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers III on July 5, 2019. Young Nudy appeared on the J. Cole-executively produced album twice, including the aforementioned song "Sunset" and on the single "Down Bad" along with JID, Bas, EarthGang and Cole himself.[13] Later on, Young Nudy, alongside Calboy were added as supporting acts on 21 Savage's I Am Greater than I Was Tour across the United States.[14]

On November 20, 2019, the Grammy Awards announced the nominations for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, in which Young Nudy was nominated for his feature on the 2019 Dreamville Records single 'Down Bad", along with JID, Bas, J. Cole and Earthgang, as well as for his contributions to the aforementioned record label's compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers 3 and his cousin 21 Savage's I Am Greater Than I Was.[15] On February 27, 2020, Young Nudy released his debut studio album titled Anyways, which totaled 16 tracks.[16] The album received positive critical reception, receiving a 7.5/10 by Pitchfork critic Israel Daramola.[17] The album peaked at 109 on the Billboard 200.

After the release of Anyways, in 2020, Young Nudy announced a North American tour which was set to run from March 20 to April 30, and travel to 25 different cities in the United States.[16] However, COVID-19 concerns caused the tour to be postponed.

On May 18, 2021, Young Nudy released his second studio album, Dr. Ev4l. It features fellow rappers Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and G Herbo, with production from Coupe, Mojo, Bavier, and 20 Rocket. The album was preceded by the May 11-released single "2Face", featuring G Herbo.[18] The album was released to generally positive reviews[19] and peaked at 93 on the Billboard 200.[20]

In May 2021, Nudy and 21 Savage's track "EA" from Nudy's 2017 mixtape SlimeBall 3 went viral after a video in which the song plays shows a floor collapsing at a graduation party, with the partygoers falling through the floor. Nudy responded to the incident and donated money to the homeowner.[21]

Legal issuesEdit

On February 3, 2019, while Nudy and his cousin 21 Savage were riding in a car in Atlanta, they were pulled over by police and arrested in an operation targeting Nudy and two other men. Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and charged with being in the United States illegally from Britain. Nudy was charged with aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Gang Act. Nudy's lawyer stated "We believe that Young Nudy is innocent and this is a case of mistaken identity. Young Nudy's legal team is working closely with law enforcement to ensure this case does not get blown out of proportion." Nudy's attorney stated that the charges stem from a 2017 investigation, which he states Atlanta Police investigated Nudy on and dropped the charges. On February 12, Savage was released on bail, and on February 19, Nudy was granted $100,000 bail, and was released the next day.[5][22]

Musical styleEdit

Young Nudy raps, combining elements of hip hop music and contemporary R&B. Nudy's style has been compared to other mumble rappers such as 03 Greedo, Yung Bans, and Lil Keed.[23] Despite his close relationship with his cousin 21 Savage, he has been noted for having a "completely opposite" style from Savage.[24]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
Anyways 109
Dr. Ev4l
  • Released: May 18, 2021[18]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
93
Rich Shooter
  • Released: August 4, 2021
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
123
[25]

Collaborative albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US
R&B/HH

[26]
Sli'merre
(with Pi'erre Bourne)
  • Released: May 8, 2019
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
63 35

MixtapesEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
Slimeball
  • Released: August 7, 2016
  • Label: 1230 Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Slimeball 2
  • Released: August 11, 2017
  • Label: Paradise East
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Nudy Land
  • Released: September 13, 2017
  • Label: Paradise East
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Slimeball 3
  • Released: August 8, 2018
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
146
[27]
Faded in the Booth
  • Released: August 21, 2019[28]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
EA Monster
  • Released: August 8, 2022[29]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
135

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as a lead artist
Title Year Album(s)
"Since When"
(featuring 21 Savage)
2018 Non-album single
"Zone 6"
(solo or featuring Future and 6lack)
Slimeball 3
"Mister"
(featuring 21 Savage)
2019 Sli'merre
"Extendo"
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
"No Go" 2020 Anyways
"Vice City"[30] 2021 Non-album single

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[31]
US
R&B/HH

[32]
US
Rap

[33]
CAN
[34]
NZ
Hot

[35]
"Down Bad"
(Dreamville featuring J. Cole, JID, Bas, EarthGang, and Young Nudy)
2019 64 26 24 69 10 Revenge of the Dreamers III

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album(s)
US
[31]
US
R&B/HH

[32]
"4L"
(21 Savage featuring Young Nudy)
2018 [A] [B] I Am > I Was
"Sunset"
(Dreamville featuring J. Cole and Young Nudy)
2019 [C] 50 Revenge of the Dreamers III
"Money Spread"
(Lil Uzi Vert featuring Young Nudy)
2020 89 50 Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2
"Snitches & Rats"
(21 Savage and Metro Boomin featuring Young Nudy)
61 28 Savage Mode 2
"Umbrella"
(with Metro Boomin and 21 Savage)
2022 23 7 Heroes & Villains

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Attitude"[37] 2020 Deante' Hitchcock Better
"Umbrella" 2022 Metro Boomin, 21 Savage Heroes & Villains

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "4L" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
  2. ^ "4L" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number three on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
  3. ^ "Sunset" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[36]

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