Jerold Dwight Ellis III (born October 18, 1974),[1] better known by his stage name Yukmouth, is an American rapper. He is the founder of The Regime, Smoke-A-Lot Records and Godzilla Entertainment. He is a member of Thug Lordz with C-Bo.

Yukmouth in 2018
Yukmouth in 2018
Background information
Birth nameJerold Dwight Ellis III
Also known asGodzilla, JJ, Thug Lord, Smoke-A-Lot
Born (1974-10-18) October 18, 1974 (age 49)
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Member of

Career edit

Yukmouth is a member of the rap duo Luniz, along with Numskull. Luniz recorded the weed anthem, "I Got 5 on It".[2] Yukmouth signed a solo record deal at J-Prince's Rap-a-Lot Records, releasing four albums. His double album debut on the label, entitled Thugged Out: The Albulation, went gold.[3] Under his own label, Smoke-a-Lot Records, he has released DVDs and compilation albums, such as the United Ghettos of America series.

Smoke-A-Lot edit

Yukmouth is CEO of Smoke-A-Lot, which is distributed by Rap-a-Lot Records. The label is home to established artists such as Luniz, Dru Down, Thug Lordz (Yukmouth, C-Bo and Spice 1), The Regime, and Yukmouth himself.

Godzilla Entertainment edit

Godzilla Entertainment
Founded 2003
Founder Yukmouth
Genre(s) Hiphop
Country US

Godzilla Entertainment was an American record label founded and owned by rapper Yukmouth of the popular 1990s rap group The Luniz, and operated by both Yukmouth and Kat Gaynor (who also acts as Yukmouth and The Regime's manager). The name comes from Yukmouth's popular 2003 album, Godzilla. It was initially created to serve as an independent record distribution company for official mixtapes released on Smoke-A-Lot Records. The first few releases through Godzilla was the heavily popular All Out War mixtape series which were done as a joint venture with the Cali Untouchable DJs and The initial logo featured an edited version of the Aston Martin logo which was later replaced by a more independent logo which features the Smoke-A-Lot Records dragon logo encircled by the words "Godzilla Ent.". In May 2007 Yukmouth closed down the label and merged all of its duties with the parent Smoke-A-Lot Records after pressure from Toho Co. Ltd., the owners of the name Godzilla.

Closure edit

Upon receiving pressure from the owners of the copyright to the name Godzilla, Yukmouth closed down the Godzilla subset label and now releases projects solely on the Smoke-A-Lot Records imprint. All media pertaining to the name Godzilla, including logos, t-shirts and other media were removed from the official Smoke-A-Lot website shortly after.

Releases edit

  • The Regime - All Out War Vol. 1
  • The Regime - All Out War Vol. 2
  • The Regime - All Out War Vol. 3
  • Ampichino - AK-47 Soundtrack to the Street
  • Young Skrilla - Superheroes: Hot az a Heata Vol. 2
  • Yukmouth - Million Dollar Mixtape
  • Yukmouth - The City of Dope Vol. 1

Discography edit

Studio albums

Filmography edit

  • Original Gangstas (1996)[8]
  • Mexican Blow (also released as Warrior) (2002) - The Midnight Sun
  • United Ghettos of America vol. 1 (2002)
  • United Ghettos of America vol. 2 (2004)
  • T9X: The Tech N9ne Experience (2004)
  • United Ghettos of America: Eye Candy (2007)
  • Yukmouth Uncut (2007)
  • Million Dollar DVD (2007)

Awards edit

Grammy Award nominations edit

Category Genre Song Year Result
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
(with Numskull, Luke Cresswell, Fiona Wilkes, Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Everett Bradley, Mr. X, Melle Mel, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Shaquille O'Neal, Quincy Jones & Coolio)
R&B Stomp 1997 Nominated[9]

References edit

  1. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa Ursula Dawn; Fonseca, Anthony J. (December 1, 2018). Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 690. ISBN 978-0-313-35759-6.
  2. ^ Caples, Garrett (March 25, 2019). "How 'Us' Turned the Weed Anthem 'I Got 5 on It' Into a Creepy Horror Theme". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  3. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - March 26, 2015". Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - GAS (Grow and Sale) by Yukmouth". iTunes. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - JJ Based on a Vill Story by Yukmouth". iTunes. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - JJ Based on a Vill Story Two by Yukmouth". iTunes. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - JJ Based on a Vill Story Three by Yukmouth". iTunes. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Movie Review: Original Gangstas preview". The Austin Chronicle. August 16, 1996. ISSN 1074-0740. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Rock On The Net: 39th Annual Grammy Awards - 1997". Retrieved March 26, 2015.

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