Kitchens performing in July 2019
|Birth name||Sergio Giavanni Kitchens|
|Also known as|
|Born||June 14, 1993|
College Park, Georgia, U.S.
Sergio Giavanni Kitchens (born June 14, 1993), known professionally as Gunna, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Best known for his collaborations with Lil Baby and Young Thug, he is signed to the latter's record label, YSL Records, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records. He released his debut studio album, Drip or Drown 2 on February 22, 2019 and followed it up with his second studio album Wunna on May 22, 2020, which debuted atop the Billboard 200.
Kitchens was born in College Park, Georgia. He was raised by his mother and has four older brothers. He started making music at age fifteen. He grew up listening to Cam'ron, Chingy and Outkast, among others. Kitchens also attended Langston Hughes High School. In 2013, Gunna released the mixtape Hard Body under the name Yung Gunna.
2016–2018: Career beginnings and Drip Season series
Gunna was introduced to American rapper Young Thug through Keith "King" Troup, a mutual friend and community figure who died in December 2015.
Gunna was later featured on Young Thug's song "Floyd Mayweather" in August 2016. The song is from Young Thug's mixtape, Jeffery, and also features vocals from American rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane. Also, in October 2016, Gunna released his debut mixtape Drip Season through YSL Records.
He released the mixtape Drip Season 2 in May 2017. He released the EP Drip or Drown, with YSL producer and close friend Wheezy, who entirely produced the EP. His song "YSL" featuring American rapper Playboi Carti was on a "Grand Theft Auto" radio station. The album's title track "Drip or Drown" was remixed featuring vocals from American rapper Lil Yachty and was included on his mixtape, Drip Season 3, in February 2018.
He released the Drip Season 3 in February 2018. The mixtape was executive produced by Metro Boomin and featured vocals from Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Nav, Metro Boomin, and Lil Uzi Vert, among others.
2018–2019: Collaborations, Drip Harder and Drip or Drown 2
Another close friend of Gunna is American rapper Lil Baby. The duo showed their chemistry since early 2018 through various songs, such as Gunna's single "Sold Out Dates", which received millions of streams on platforms like YouTube and SoundCloud. Gunna was also featured on Travis Scott's single "Yosemite", which was considered the most popular song in which he used the word "drip". The song is from Scott's third studio album, Astroworld, and also features vocals from Nav, whose voice was mixed unusually quietly in the song and was the subject of the memes and jokes. The comments on Nav's vocals got to the point where he even acknowledged them, poking fun at his own vocals on his Instagram. Scott and the song's producer, Mike Dean, turned up his vocals a week after the song's release. Scott's verse in "Yosemite" mimics Gunna's verse in "Sold Out Dates". In October 2018, he and Lil Baby released their collaborative album, Drip Harder, which includes the lead single, "Drip Too Hard," which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200.
In February 2019, he released his debut studio album Drip or Drown 2 featuring artists Lil Baby, Young Thug and Playboi Carti. It charted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and its lead single, certified platinum, "One Call", was released exactly three weeks before the album and charted at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.
He peaked at the number one spot on Apple Music for his feature on Young Thug's single "Hot". It served as the lead single for Thug's debut studio album, So Much Fun, which released in August 2019. "Hot" was given a remix in October 2019 with an extra verse from Travis Scott. The song eventually peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Gunna is also featured on "Surf" from the album, as well as "Diamonds" from the deluxe version, released in December 2019.
On the week of Friday, February 14, 2020, Gunna was featured on three songs. He was featured on the late Pop Smoke's "Dior" remix, released on February 12. He was also featured on Marlo's "My Hood" and alongside Roddy Ricch and London on da Track on A Boogie wit da Hoodie's song "Numbers", both released on February 14. Gunna later released a collaborative single with Nav, titled "Turks", featuring Travis Scott. The song was released on March 27, 2020, and serves as the lead single to Nav's third studio album, Good Intentions (Gunna is also featured on the track "Codeine" from the album). "Turks" marks the second time the three artists had collaborated on the same song following Scott's song "Yosemite". Six days later, on April 2, 2020, he released a collaborative track with producer Turbo and Young Thug, titled "Quarantine Clean", referencing the COVID-19 pandemic, an ongoing pandemic at the time of the song's release.
On March 6, 2020, he released a single, "Skybox", the lead single of his second studio album, Wunna. It was released with an accompanying music video. On May 18, 2020, Gunna released the title track of the album, which was the second single. Four days later, on May 22, Gunna released the album It features guest appearances from Young Thug, Nechie, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Travis Scott. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his first number one album. On July 24, 2020, he released the deluxe editioin, with eight more songs, featuring additional guest appearances from Yak Gotti, Future, Nav, and Lil Uzi Vert.
On December 29, 2019, Baton Rouge rapper Tec claimed Gunna was on an episode of Crimestoppers the day before and was working with the police and "snitching on criminals". Gunna denied the accusations by Tec and commented "you better do the history" to prove it was not him. Tec also claimed that Young Thug's clothing brand, SPIDER, copied his clothing brand, Spider Nation. Tec believed that it was "stealing his image". People claimed that the person who said "it was him, Officer" on Crimestoppers was Gunna.
On June 8, 2020, gunshots were fired during the filming of the official music video for fellow labelmate Lil Keed's song "Fox 5", in which Gunna was featured on. The song was released four days later, on June 12, and appears on the former's second studio album, Trapped on Cleveland 3 (2020). The shooting resulted in two people with non-life-threatening injuries. Fans were concerned since this shooting only happened a few weeks after the Black Lives Matter protests, which had been going on back then with many black citizens being killed by police and other races. The following day, Gunna and Young Thug confirmed that they were the ones shooting to make a scene for the video, and that nobody needed to worry about it.
On June 3, 2018, Gunna and one of his record producers and DJ, Taurus, were en route to Jonesboro, Arkansas to perform at the Diamond Grill. They were lost on the way, and asked a police officer for directions. When the officer went by their grey SUV, he smelled marijuana, ecstasy, and other drugs. He immediately searched the car and found on them an edible marijuana box. Both Gunna and his DJ were arrested. They were released on bond for $2,500 the next day and were due back in court on July 27, 2018.
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