Lucci performing in 2016
|Birth name||Rayshawn Lamar Bennett|
|Born||February 16, 1991|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Labels||Think It's A Game Entertainment, Warner Bros., YFNBC|
Rayshawn Lamar Bennett (born February 16, 1991), known professionally as YFN Lucci, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, he signed a record deal with Think It's A Game Entertainment and released his debut mixtape, Wish Me Well. In 2016, he released his second mixtape, Wish Me Well 2, which included the hit single "Key to the Streets". His debut extended play, Long Live Nut, was released in 2017 and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. The EP's first single "Everyday We Lit," produced by June James, has peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single so far. In 2018, he released his first studio album Ray Ray From Summerhill which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200.
Rayshawn Bennett was born on February 16, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were immigrants from Jamaica. He grew up listening to artists such as Tupac Shakur, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, The Diplomats, Ja Rule, Hot Boys, T.I., Young Jeezy and Fabolous. He discovered his own musical talent at age 16 and was encouraged to take it seriously by rapper Johnny Cinco. Lucci's older brother is also a rapper, who goes by the name YFN KAY.
2014–16: Beginnings and breakthrough
In December 2014, Lucci signed a record deal with Think It's A Game Entertainment and released his debut mixtape, Wish Me Well. In February 2016, he released the Wish Me Well 2 mixtape, which peaked at number 183 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The mixtape's hit single "Key to the Streets" featuring Migos and Trouble, peaked at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The official remix version of the song featured 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Quavo. "Key to the Streets" was included on XXL magazine's 50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2016 list and Vibe magazine's The 60 Best Songs Of 2016 list.
In September 2016, Lucci alongside with Migos, 21 Savage, Kap G, Young Dolph and Zaytoven was featured on the cover of Rolling Out magazine's "Hidden Hip-Hop Gems of Summer 16" issue. In October 2016, rapper Meek Mill released the track "You Know" featuring Lucci, which peaked at number nine on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and appeared on Mill's DC4 mixtape. In December 2016, Billboard magazine included Lucci in its 10 Hip-Hop and R&B Artists to Watch In 2017 list.
2017–present: Long Live Nut, Ray Ray From Summerhill
In April 2017, Lucci released his debut extended play, Long Live Nut, featuring guest appearances from Rick Ross, Dreezy, PnB Rock, Lil Durk, Boosie Badazz and YFN Trae Pound. The EP debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the project, "Everyday We Lit" featuring PnB Rock, has peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On March 9, 2018, Lucci released his first studio album entitled Ray Ray From Summerhill. The album features guest appearances from a plethora of acts such as frequent collaborators Dreezy, Rick Ross and YFN Trae Pound. T.I., Wale, Offset and Meek Mill lend a hand on the project as well.
Discussing how he developed his sing-song style in an interview with Noisey, Lucci said; "Growing up, I always had this high-pitched voice. I couldn't ever sing, you feel me, but I had a little high-pitched voice when I talked loud. I used to listen to Ja Rule. I knew how to rap, and I used to write my verses. And if it don't sound right when I rap it, I sing it. And it'd sound better. I used to let all my friends hear it, and they were like, 'I like that.' I just ran with it. If I can't rap it, I sing it."
- Ray Ray from Summerhill (2018)
- Long Live Nut (2017)
- Freda's Son (2018)
- See No Evil (2018)
- Wish Me Well (2014)
- Wish Me Well 2 (2016)
- LucciVandross (with Yung Bleu) (2018)
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