City Girls

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City Girls
OriginMiami, Florida
GenresHip hop
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated actsTrina
MembersYung Miami
JT

City Girls is a rap duo from Miami, Florida consisting of Yung Miami (born Caresha Romeka Brownlee on February 11, 1993)[1], and JT (born Jatavia Shakara Johnson on December 3, 1992). [2][3] The group's name derives from the pair being from Opa-locka, Florida and Liberty City, two of the roughest neighborhoods in Miami.[4] They garnered attention after guest spotting on Drake's chart-topping hit "In My Feelings".[5]

Career[edit]

After signing to Quality Control Music, JT and Yung Miami were ranked as the most popular developing artists of the week, according to the measuring activity across Billboard charts Hot 100, the Social 50, and Billboard 200.[6]

The duo recorded their debut studio track "Fuck Dat Nigga", which was a diss track that targeted broke suitors and jealous onlookers[7] in August 2017. Yung Miami promoted it through social media and by paying DJs to play it in clubs. "Fuck Dat Nigga", the first City Girls song, was released in August 2017. Soon, the track, which features a prominent sample of fellow Florida rapper Khia's "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)", racked up hundreds of thousands of plays.[8] Shortly after the release of "Fuck Dat Nigga" in August 2017, JT was arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.[9] The judge did eventually agree to push back her surrender date. [10]JT began her prison term in July 2018 for credit card fraud charges and is set to be released from prison on March 21, 2020.[11] While JT was incarcerated, Yung Miami continued promote the group's music, saying: "When she was in jail, I was going to strip clubs and I would pay a DJ $20 to play the song. It started taking off."[12] Later that year, the track was included in Quality Control's compilation album Control the Streets Volume 1,[2] and it went to number five on the Billboard 200. It also topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop chart.[13] The official music video for "Fuck Dat Nigga" came out in the following January and featured an appearance from rapper Trina, Yung Miami's godmother. Yung Miami said that Nicki Minaj was a direct influence; JT says rapper Lil Kim influenced her, and "changed her perspective on women in rap music".[14]

In May 2018, they released their debut studio album Period, which reached No. 16 on Heatseekers Albums the same month.[15][16] Period also went on to be ranked the 26th best Hip Hop in 2018 by Rolling Stone.[17] In November 2018, they released their second album Girl Code, which features Cardi B, Lil Baby and Jacquees.[18] City Girls contributed guest vocals to Drake's song "In My Feelings",[19] with Yung Miami appearing in the music video.[20] In August 2018, they released Point Blank Period, a documentary.[21] "Act Up"[22] which hit number 15 on the Billboard charts as of April 2019.

In August 2018, Miami was among several rappers who faced criticism after the circulation of tweets she'd written in the past which contained homophobic remarks.[23] In 2013, Miami stated that she wouldn’t want one of her sons to be gay and would beat him if she found out that he was.[24] Her comments were found offensive, especially considering the fact that much of the commercial support for City Girls is drawn from the LGBTQ community.[25] Following the resurfacing of her statements, Miami publicly issued a formal apology within an Instagram post.[24] Though she apologized, Miami found herself embroiled in controversy once more on November 13 when she doubled down on her homophobic statements in an appearance on Power 105.1’s radio show The Breakfast Club.[24] During the interview, Miami was questioned by radio host Charlamagne Tha God in regards to her controversial tweet which claims what she would do if she found out that her son was gay. Miami replied that her previous tweet had nothing to do with the LGBTQ community and was specifically about her son. She said, "I was just talking about my son. I just said that if I saw anything gay in my son, that I would beat him."[24] The rapper attempted to provide clarity for what she had actually meant. Miami elaborated, "But that’s just like when your mama be like, 'If you break my table I’m gonna beat the shit out of you.' That don’t mean she’s gonna beat the shit out of you, she’s just saying it."[26] While she stood by her comment that as a mother doesn't want a gay son, Miami insisted that she doesn't harbor any resentment towards gay people. Miami explained that she spends much time around many gay people, including her cousin and hair stylist.[26] Commentators throughout social media immediately decried the rapper, saying that her very line of reasoning was homophobic and the comments she made on The Breakfast Club were hateful and anti-LGBTQ.[24] It was also emphasized that such corporal punishment is still in practice among some parents who condemn their children's sexual orientation.[25]

In November 2018, their album Girl Code entered the Billboard 200 at number 63.[27] Their single "Twerk" featuring Cardi B[28] reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.[29][30]

Personal life[edit]

Both JT and Yung Miami grew up in rough areas of Miami. At 17 they were performing in strip clubs, night clubs and block parties.[31] Caresha Brownlee, aka Yung Miami, talks about her love of trap music at a young age. "My little boyfriend used to take me to school every day, so I grew up listening to a lot of trap music."[32] Before rapping, Caresha was an Instagram influencer who promoted her own fashion line.[33] She revealed on June 11, 2019 that she is expecting her second child, and first with boyfriend and music producer, Southside.

Currently, JT is being held at FCI Tallahassee on fraudulent credit card charges, after turning herself in to the authorities.[34] She began to serve a two-year prison sentence for credit card fraud on June 29, 2018. She is slated to be released March 21, 2020.[35] A few celebrities have shown to be displeased with the recent incarceration of the artist, Trina wore a T-shirt that had "Free JT" written on it and Drake posted on Instagram "Free my shorty."[36]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details
Period
Girl Code
  • Released: November 18, 2018[38]
  • Label: Quality Control, Motown, Capitol
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[39]
US
R&B
/HH

[40]
CAN
[41]
"Twerk"
(featuring Cardi B)
2018 29 14 70 Girl Code
"Act Up" 2019 26 13 77
"Come On"
(with Saweetie featuring DJ Durel)[43]
Control the Streets, Vol. 2

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"In My Feelings" 2018 Drake Scorpion
"A&T" 21 Savage I Am > I Was
"Yung and Bhad" Bhad Bhabie 15
"Wigs" 2019 A$AP Ferg, Antha Non-album single
"Three Point Stance" Juicy J, Megan Thee Stallion Non-album single
"Leave Em Alone" Layton Greene, Lil Baby Non-album single
"4 Da Moment" Moneybagg Yo 43va Heartless
"She A Winner" Trouble Non-album single
"Soakin Wet" Marlo, Offset Non-album single
"Throw Fits" London on da Track, G-Eazy, Juvenile Non-album single
"Wiggle It" French Montana Non-album single
"Perfect" Cousin Stizz Non-album single

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