Yo Gotti

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Yo Gotti
Mims in 2009
Mims in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMario Sentell Giden Mims[1]
Also known as
  • Lil Yo[2]
  • Big Gotti
Born (1981-05-18) May 18, 1981 (age 40)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record executive
Years active1996–present


Associated acts

Mario Sentell Giden Mims (born May 19, 1981), known professionally as Yo Gotti, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record executive.[4] In 1996, Gotti released his debut album Youngsta's On a Come Up under the alias Lil Yo. He went on to release From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), Back 2 da Basics (2006), Live from the Kitchen (2012), I Am (2013), The Art of Hustle (2016), I Still Am (2017) and Untrapped (2020).

As a record executive, he is the founder of the record label Collective Music Group, which has signed successful acts such as Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, Blac Youngsta, and EST Gee.


2000–2006: Career beginnings[edit]

Mario grew up in Ridgecrest Apartments in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee.[5] He began his music career around the age of 14, rapping as Lil Yo, affiliated with DJ Sound and his crew.[2] Between 2000 and 2006, Yo Gotti released a string of independent albums: From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), and Back 2 da Basics (2006).[6][7]

2009–2012: Live from the Kitchen[edit]

After several delays, Yo Gotti released his major label debut studio album Live From The Kitchen on January 10, 2012.[8][9] The album's original first single was titled "5 Star" and it was released on May 20, 2009.[10] The single peaked at 79 on the Hot 100, 19 on U.S R&B and 11 on U.S Rap.[11][12] "Women Lie, Men Lie" featuring Lil Wayne the album's second single was released on December 11, 2009.[13] The song peaked at 81 on 100, 22 on the U.S R&B and 12 on the U.S Rap.[11][12] "Look In the Mirror" was the third single released 7 months after the second single on July 27, 2010.[14] The song peaked at 97 on the U.S R&B chart.[11] Live From The Kitchen debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, with 16,000 copies sold in its first week of sales in the United States.[15] After three weeks on the chart the album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States.[16] In 2012 due to Gotti's views of the low sales of his debut album he took his departure from RCA Records & Polo Grounds Music.[17] On October 17, 2012, he released the 7th version of his well-known mixtape series Cocaine Muzik entitled Cocaine Muzik 7: The World Is Yours.[18]

2013–present: I Am, The Art of Hustle, Untrapped and CM10: Free Game[edit]

In early 2013, Gotti announced that he and his label CMG had been signed to a distribution deal with Epic Records from longtime business partner L.A. Reid.[19] On May 28, 2013, Yo Gotti announced that his sixth studio album would be titled I Am.[20] The first single from his sixth studio album I Am is titled "Act Right" and features Young Jeezy and YG.[21] The song debuted at #5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and at #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[22] As of September 21, it has peaked at #100 on the Hot 100, making it Gotti and YG's third Hot 100 entry, #33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at #24 on the Rap Songs chart.[12][22][23] In July 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on November 19, 2013.[24] On August 22, 2013, he announced the I Am Tour Dates, a tour in promotion of I Am which ran from September 14, 2013, until November 19, 2013, with supporting acts including YG, Zed Zilla, Shy Glizzy and Cash Out.[25] On September 2, 2013, Yo Gotti released the mixtape Nov 19: The Mixtape in promotion for the album.[26]

On October 7, 2013, the album's second official single "King Shit" featuring T.I. was sent to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[27] On October 15, 2013, the music video for "King Shit" featuring T.I. was released.[28] "King Shit" has since peaked at five on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[29] On October 27, 2013, Yo Gotti premiered the album's third single, "Cold Blood" featuring rapper J. Cole and Canei Finch.[30]

On February 1, 2016, Yo Gotti released the official cover art for both the standard and deluxe versions of The Art of Hustle, and the release date of the album.[31] The album released on February 19, 2016, and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200.[32] The album's lead single "Down in the DM" (featuring Nicki Minaj on the remix) peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[23] In August 2016, singer Meghan Trainor released "Better" featuring Gotti, as the third single from her second major-label album, Thank You.[33] Gotti closed out 2016 with the announcement of a deal with Jay Z and his Roc Nation label, in partnership with his own CMG (Collective Music Group) imprint. [34]

On June 1, 2017, Gotti released a collaborative mixtape with record producer Mike Will Made It, titled Gotti Made-It.[35] The mixtape's lead single, "Rake It Up" featuring Nicki Minaj, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single in the country.[23] "Rake It Up" was later included on his ninth album I Still Am (2017). His tenth album, Untrapped, was released in January 2020 and became Yo Gotti's fourth consecutive top-ten debut on the Billboard 200.[36] The album features Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, and Moneybagg Yo, among others.[37] It also marked Gotti's fourth and final album under the initial Epic Records contract. On July 3, 2020, he released the single, "Recession Proof", on his label CMG, with Epic, under a new contract. Sophie Caraan of Hypebeast said on the song, "He celebrates his longevity in the music industry, his growth as a businessman and rise as a music exec, boasting his label's lineup that includes the likes of 42 Dugg, Blac Youngsta and Lil Migo, and his management work with Moneybagg Yo and Blocboy JB".[38]

In September 2011, Yo Gotti announced that he had become co-owner of the Major League Soccer franchise D.C. United. He explained that he saw its growth over the years after being introduced to the game by his son.[37]

Yo Gotti's eleventh studio album, CM10: Free Game, was scheduled to released on November 26, 2021. However, the studio album has been delayed, due to unknown reasons.[39] It will be a double-disc album, which will consist the discs "Free" and "Game".[37]

Collective Music Group[edit]

Collective Music Group also known as CMG, formerly known as Cocaine Muzik Group, is a record label founded by Yo Gotti. He currently is at the labels helm as CEO. The labels current president is Yo Gotti's biological brother, Brandon Mims.[citation needed] The label's first official release was Yo Gotti's sixth studio album I Am. The label released a collective project featuring the whole roster titled Chapter One in 2014.[citation needed]


Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2014[40] Album of the Year I Am Nominated
2017[41] Best Collabo, Duo or Group "Rake It Up" (with Nicki Minaj) Nominated
Best Mixtape Gotti Made-It (with Mike Will Made It) Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2017[42] Rhythm & Bars Award "Rake It Up" (with Nicki Minaj) Nominated


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