Flow (rapper)

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Flow
Birth name Widner DeGruy
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts

Widner DeGruy, also known by his stage name Flow, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Flow began his music career with hip hop group, The Flamez and is the CEO of Flame Gang Music. In 2012, He signed to Lil Wayne's label Young Money Entertainment. That same year, Flow formed another group called L.A.T. with rappers Gudda Gudda and Kevin Gates.

Career[edit]

2008–present: Career beginnings and mixtapes[edit]

In 2008, Flow released a numerous amount freestyles with fellow New Orleans rappers DY and Skitz on the mixtape, How 2 Grind Vol. 2.[1] Flow also formed the hip hop group, The Flamez and the label Flame Gang Music with his friends 12 Shotty and Slim Boogie. In 2009, DeGruy released his debut mixtape, Heroic Vol. 1 as "Flow da Esho Hero" on Flame Gang Music. DeGruy got signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment after featuring on the song, "Inkredibles" with T@, Thugga, and Raw Dizzy. The song appeared on Wayne's, Sorry 4 the Wait. In August 2012, Flow released his second mixtape, Wolf on Flame Gang Music, Young Money Entertainment, and Cash Money Records.[2]

After frequently collaborating with singer Christian Radke, Radke and Flow released a collaboration mixtape titled, Brothers from Another Kolor on February 13, 2013.[3] In The mixtape was released on iTunes on June 14, 2014.[4] In March 2014, Flow appeared on the song, "Fresher Than Ever" with rappers Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Birdman, and Mack Maine on the Young Money compilation album, Young Money: Rise of an Empire. On June 3, 2014, Flow released his third mixtape, Withdrawals on Flame Gang Music, Young Money Entertainment, and Cash Money Records. The mixtape was supported by the two singles, "Withdrawals" and "Fuck Off".[5][6][7]

Legal issues[edit]

In July 2013, DeGruy was arrested for attempted first-degree murder in Chalmette and two counts of armed robbery. DeGruy was arrested in the Oakland, California, area recently by a U.S. Marshal's task force and was returned to Chalmette for prosecution after waiving extradition. DeGruy had fled to California after arrest warrants alleged that he had shot at, and narrowly missed, a man he knew on April 29. He allegedly had beaten and robbed two men of cash and their cell phones.[8] DeGruy was released from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Office in December 2013.[9]

In May 2015, DeGruy and two others were indicted for the double murder of brothers, Kendrick and Kendred Bishop.[10] New Orleans police took DeGruy into custody on September 25 along with his girlfriend, Jamya Brady, who was accused of helping him elude cops. Police say DeGruy dropped his cell phone at the murder scene and returned with a lie about dropping the device. He later changed up his story, according to The Advocate. Alleged accomplice Jonathan "Lil Joe" Evans, who is also charged in the murder indictment, has been behind bars since July 2015. The fourth suspect, Chantell Edwards, faces accessory to murder charges, though police have yet to track her down. Evans and DeGruy were reportedly identified through surveillance video from the crime scene. Both men gave fake names upon their arrest.[11] His bail has been set at $3.5 million.[12]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[13]
US
R&B

[14]
US
Rap

[15]
Young Money: Rise of an Empire
(with Young Money)
7 4 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes and selected details
Title Album details
Heroic Vol. 1
Headphones & Weedbongs
(with The Flamez)
  • Released: April 20, 2010[17]
  • Label: FGM
  • Format: Digital download
Still Smokin
(with The Flamez)
  • Released: April 20, 2011[18]
  • Label: FGM
  • Format: Digital download
Everyday Iz Halloween
(with The Flamez)
  • Released: November 3, 2011[19]
  • Label: FGM
  • Format: Digital download
Wolf
  • Released: August 8, 2012[20]
  • Label: FGM, Young Money, Cash Money
  • Format: Digital download
Brothers from Another Kolor
(with Christian Radke)
  • Released: February 13, 2013[3]
  • Label: FGM, Young Money, Cash Money, Kush, WhatsReallyGood
  • Format: Digital download
Withdrawals
  • Released: June 3, 2014
  • Label: FGM, Young Money, Cash Money
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US
R&B

US Rap
"Withdrawals"
(featuring Drop Boy Rell)
2014 Withdrawals
"Fuck Off"
(featuring Chanel West Coast)
"Real Nigga Problems"
(with Shwag)
2015 WWE (Wild Wild East)
"Below Zero"
(with Christian Radke)
non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US
R&B

US Rap
"Off Day"
(Lil Wayne featuring Flow)
2014 Tha Carter V
"Keep a Secret"
(Philthy Rich featuring Flow and Starlito)
SemCity MoneyMan 3
"Meteorites"
(Chris King featuring Flow)
2015 Fontana
"Red"
(LEXcann featuring Flow)
non-album single
"Dope" (remix)
(JaSoRude featuring Gudda Gudda and Flow)
"Beef Ain't Never Squashed" (remix)
(MightyLee featuring Flow)
Still Undisputed
"All the Time"
(FOX featuring Flow and Slim Boogie)
non-album single
"Codeine Cups"
(Jay Lee featuring Flow)
The Heart of The Hustler
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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
"Inkedible" 2011 Lil Wayne, Thugga, T@, Raw Dizzy Sorry 4 the Wait
"Magic" 2012 Lil Wayne Dedication 4
"I'm a Star" 2014 Shy Glizzy, Gudda Gudda Young Jefe
"Finessin'" 2015 Nino Wavey Born Wavey
"Da Squad" ArtFace Twisted Thoughts 3
"Will C" DJ G.R.W.C.
"Stick Up" Byrd, Nino Wavey Possession With Intent
"Loaded" Jay Lewis, Shy Glizzy Dream of Gettin' Rich
"Plugz" Goo Glizzy Mad Max
"Half of Me" 2016 Good Money Global, Jah We Global
"Stash Box" Good Money Global, Bonka, Nino Wavey, Jah

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damond Young". Seattle Times. 
  2. ^ "Flow - Wolf Mixtape - Stream & Download". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Flow & Christian Radke - Brothers from Another Kolor". Spinrilla. 
  4. ^ "Brothers from Another Kolor by YMCMB FLOW & Christian Radke". iTunes. 
  5. ^ "Flow - Withdrawals Mixtape - Stream & Download". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  6. ^ "Flow – Withdrawals Street Single (Audio)". Youngmoney.com. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  7. ^ Goddard, Kevin (2014-05-31). "Flow (LAT) - Fuck Off Feat. Chanel West Coast | Stream [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Benjamin (2013-07-02). "New Orleans rapper booked with attempted murder in Chalmette". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Flow Announces New Mixtape Called "Withdrawals", Confirms New Music With Lil Wayne On The Way". Young Money Fansite. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  10. ^ jsimerman@theadvocate.com, JOHN SIMERMAN. "New details emerge in double-murder case against rapper Widner ‘Flow’ Degruy". The Advocate. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  11. ^ Muhammad, Latifah (2015-09-28). "Young Money Rapper Flow Indicted in Double Murder". BET.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, Danny (2015-09-29). "Young Money Rapper, Flow, Indicted In Double Murder Case". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Young Money - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  14. ^ "Young Money - Chart history (R&B)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  15. ^ "Young Money - Chart history(Rap)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  16. ^ "Flow Da Esho Hero* - Flame Gang Music Presents: Heroic Vol. 1 (File, MP3)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  17. ^ "FLOW, 12, BOOGIE - Headphones & Weedbongs Disc 1 Mixtape - Stream & Download". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  18. ^ "The Flamez - Still Smokin Hosted by Flame Gang Music Mixtape - Stream & Download". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  19. ^ "The Flamez - Everyday Iz Halloween Mixtape - Stream & Download". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  20. ^ "Flow (58) - YMCMB + Flame Gang Music Presents: Wolf (File, MP3)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 

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