Joyner Lucas

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Joyner Lucas
Joyner Lucas.jpg
Joyner Lucas performing in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameGary Maurice Lucas, Jr.[1]
Also known asFuture Joyner[2]
Born (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 30)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsIndependent (current) Atlantic Records (former)
Associated acts
Websitewww.joynerlucas.com

Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas, Jr.[1] (born August 17, 1988) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Lucas gained widespread exposure and critical acclaim after the release of his single "Ross Capicchioni" in 2015.[2][3] In 2017, he released his fourth mixtape, which was his first on a major label. On November 28, 2017, Lucas released his single "I'm Not Racist", onto his YouTube account which quickly went viral and gained critical acclaim.[4] The video was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 61st Grammy Awards.[5] Lucas was formerly signed to Atlantic Records, until he announced his departure from the label in December 2018.[6]

Early life[edit]

Gary Maurice Lucas, Jr. was born on August 17, 1988, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Lucas began rapping at the age of ten.[7][8]

He attended South High Community School in Worcester.[8][9]

Career[edit]

Lucas first started recording under the name G-Storm. In 2007, he changed his stage name to Future Joyner and started working with his uncle, Cyrus tha Great, and formed a group called "Film Skool Rejekts". They released their mixtape, Workprint: The Greatest Mixtape of All Time in the same year.[10] Lucas went on to release his first mixtape under the name Future Joyner titled Listen 2 Me in 2011. After rapper Future came to prominence, Lucas dropped the "Future" from his name and continued as Joyner Lucas.[10]

Lucas went on to release his next mixtape Along Came Joyner on April 5, 2015.[11] This mixtape contained his critically acclaimed "Ross Capicchioni".[2] Following the success of the song, Lucas was featured in the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher.[12]

Lucas signed to Atlantic Records on September 21, 2016.[13] Lucas went on to release a project titled 508-507-2209 on June 16, 2017, with Atlantic Records.[14] The mixtape charted at #7 on the Heatseekers Albums chart on Billboard and contained the singles "I'm Sorry", "Ultrasound" and "Winter Blues".[15]

On November 28, 2017, Lucas released his single "I'm Not Racist", onto his YouTube account which quickly went viral.[4] The song is controversial, rapping about race and society, and race relations from the perspective of a white man, and a black man.[16][17][18][19] Lucas and singer Chris Brown announced their collaboration project, titled Angels & Demons on February 25, 2018[20] with the single "Stranger Things" releasing the following day.[21] On April 1, 2018, Lucas released his single entitled "Frozen", a song focused on different forms of reckless driving. The next single from the Angels and Demons collaborative mixtape "I Don't Die" was released on May 2.

On July 31, 2018, Lucas announced he was forced to cancel shows of his "I'm kinda a Big Deal" tour in Australia and Europe due to hoarseness and laryngitis.[22]

Lucas was featured on "Lucky You" from Eminem's latest album, Kamikaze. The song debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Lucas' first top 10 entry on the chart.[23]

On October 12, 2018, Lucas announced that he would be releasing a new song on October 17, 2018, with a new project coming soon.[24] The song, entitled "I Love", was released as the lead single from his upcoming debut studio album ADHD.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Lucas has a son whom he references frequently in his music.[26]

Honors and awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are held annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Joyner has two Grammy nominations altogether.[27]

[27]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2019 "I'm Not Racist" Best Music Video Pending
"Lucky You" Best Rap Song Pending

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
ADHD
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Independent

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[15]
Listen 2 Me
(as Future Joyner)
Low Frequency Oscillators
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Dead Silence
  • Format: CD, digital download
Along Came Joyner
  • Released: April 5, 2015[11]
  • Label: Dead Silence
  • Format: CD, digital download
508-507-2209
  • Released: June 16, 2017[14]
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, digital download
7

Collaborative mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Workprint: The Greatest Mixtape of All Time
(with Film Skool Rejekts)
[6][2]
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Angels & Demons[28]
(with Chris Brown)
  • To be released: TBA
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[29]
US
R&B/HH

[30]
AUS
[31]
CAN
[32]
IRE
[33]
NZ
[34]
"F*ck Your Feelings"[35] 2014 Non-album singles
"Finally Home"[36]
(featuring Trae tha Truth)
"Intervention"[37]
"Ross Capicchioni" 2015 Along Came Joyner
"Half Nigga"[2]
"I'm Sorry"[38] 2016 508-507-2209
"Happy Birthday"[39] non-album singles
"Say Hello to Adele"[40]
"Ultrasound"[41] 2017 508-507-2209
"Just Like You"[42]
"Winter Blues"[43]
"I'm Not Racist"[44] non-album single
"Stranger Things"[46]
(with Chris Brown)
2018 91 46 100 75 Angels & Demons
"Frozen"[47] non-album single
"I Don't Die"[48]
(with Chris Brown)
[A] [B] Angels & Demons
"I Love" [C] [D] 77 78 [E] ADHD

Notes

  1. ^ "I Don't Die" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[49]
  2. ^ "I Don't Die" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[50]
  3. ^ "I Love" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[49]
  4. ^ "I Love" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, but peaked at number 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[50]
  5. ^ "I Love" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 15 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[51]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[29]
AUS
[52]
CAN
[53]
IRL
[54]
NZ
[34]
SWE
[55]
UK
[56]
"Tec in the Church"[57]
(Jarren Benton featuring Locksmith and Joyner Lucas)
2016 Slow Motion, Vol. 2
"Deserve"[58]
(Kyle Bent featuring Joyner Lucas)
non-album single
"Sriracha"[59]
(Tech N9ne featuring Logic and Joyner Lucas)
The Storm
"Lifestyle"[60]
(Kyle Bent featuring Joyner Lucas)
2017 non-album single
"Don't Run"[61]
(Statik Selektah featuring Joyner Lucas)
8
"Ain't My Girlfriend"[62]
(Too Short featuring Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih, French Montana and Joyner Lucas)
2018 The Pimp Tape
"Lucky You"[63][64]
(Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas)
6 4 3 7 2 6 RIAA: Platinum Kamikaze

Other charted songs[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Wrote My Way Out" (Remix)
(Lin-Manuel Miranda featuring Royce da 5'9", Black Thought, and Joyner Lucas)[65]
2018 Hamilton Mixtape

References[edit]

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  58. ^ "Deserve (feat. Joyner Lucas) - Single by Kyle Bent on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
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