Yo Gotti

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Yo Gotti
Yo Gotti 2009.JPG
Yo Gotti in July 2009.
Background information
Birth name Mario Mims
Also known as Lil Yo[1]
Born (1981-05-19) May 19, 1981 (age 34)
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2000–present
Labels Cocaine Music Group, Epic Records
Associated acts Gucci Mane, 8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Starlito, Young Jeezy
Website www.yogottimusic.com

Mario Mims (born May 19, 1981), better known by his stage name Yo Gotti, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. In 1996, Gotti released his debut album Youngsta's On a Come Up under the alias Lil Yo. He went 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) and I Am (2013).

Musical career[edit]

2000–06: Beginnings[edit]

Mims grew up in the Ridgecrest Apartments of Frayser, Memphis.[2] He began his music career around the age of 14, rapping as Lil Yo, affiliated with DJ Sound and his crew.[1] 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).[3][4]

2009–12: 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.[5][6] The album's original first single was titled "5 Star" and it was released on May 20, 2009.[7] The single peaked at 79 on the Hot 100, 19 on U.S R&B and 11 on U.S Rap.[8][8][9] "Women Lie, Men Lie" featuring Lil Wayne the album's second single was released on December 11, 2009.[10] The song peaked at 81 on 100, 22 on the U.S R&B and 12 on the U.S Rap.[8][9] "Look In the Mirror" was the third single released 7 months after the second single on July 27, 2010.[11] The song peaked at 97 on the U.S R&B chart.[8] 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.[12] After three weeks on the chart the album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

2013–present: I Am[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.[16] On May 28, 2013, Yo Gotti announced that his sixth studio album would be titled I Am.[17] The first single from his sixth studio album I Am is titled "Act Right" and features Young Jeezy and YG.[18] 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.[19] 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.[9][19][20] In July 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on November 19, 2013.[21] 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.[22] On September 2, 2013, Yo Gotti released the mixtape Nov 19th: The Mixtape in promotion for the album.[23]

On October 7, 2013, the album's second official single "King Shit" featuring T.I. was released to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[24] On October 15, 2013, the music video for "King Shit" featuring T.I. was released.[25] "King Shit" has since peaked at five on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[26] On October 27, 2013, Yo Gotti premiered the album's third single, "Cold Blood" featuring rapper J. Cole and Canei Finch.[27]

Collective Music Group[edit]

Collective Music Group
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 2013
Founder Yo Gotti (CEO)
Status Active
Distributor(s) Epic Records
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Atlanta, Georgia

Cocaine Music Group also known as CMG is a record label founded by Yo Gotti. Currently the label has five signed artists and the CEO Yo Gotti himself. CMG used to stand for Cocaine Muzik Group, however Yo Gotti changed the title because he felt like Cocaine Muzik Group was more an underground street name. Collective Music Group would (according to him) be a better title for future artists to get signed to the label. The label's first official release was Yo Gotti's sixth studio album I Am. The label released one collective project including every signed artist titled Chapter One in 2014.[28]

Current artists[edit]

  • Yo Gotti
  • Snootie Wild
  • Wave Chappelle
  • Zed Zilla
  • Blac Youngsta


A dispute began on October 17, 2012, between frequent collaborator Gucci Mane and Gotti, who released his mixtape CM7: The World Is Yours on the same day as Gucci's mixtape Trap God.[29] "My main problem with him was that he dropped his mixtape on 10/17 (the name of Gucci Mane's record label, 1017 Bricksquad), and tried to like ride my wave, like he was an artist of mine or we get some kind of money together," said Gucci Mane. Yo Gotti denied that he chose the date intentionally, stating he simply didn't realize it was a meaningful date.[30]


Main article: Yo Gotti discography

Studio albums


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  2. ^ "Yo Gotti - The Recipe - Rappers Talk Beef & Old School Hip Hop". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Life by Yo Gotti". Itunes.apple.com. 2003-05-13. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Back 2 Da Basics by Yo Gotti". Itunes.apple.com. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Live From The Kitchen (Explicit): Yo Gotti: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
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  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Look In the Mirror - Single by Yo Gotti". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  12. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2012-01-18). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/15/2012 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  13. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2012-02-01). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/29/2012 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  14. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-02-14). "Yo Gotti Announces CMG Label Partnership With Epic Records | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
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  17. ^ Homie, Big (2013-07-31). "New Video: Yo Gotti "Fuck You"". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  18. ^ Homie, Big (2013-06-06). "New Music: Yo Gotti Ft. Young Jeezy x YG "Act Right"". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  19. ^ a b "Yo Gotti - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  20. ^ "Yo Gotti - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
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  22. ^ "Yo Gotti Announces 'I Am' Release Date And Tour Dates With YG - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  23. ^ Mayorga, Dean (2013-09-04). "Yo Gotti "Nov 19th: The Mixtape" Cover Art, Tracklisting, Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  24. ^ "Frequency News". Frequency News. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  25. ^ "Video: Yo Gotti f/ T.I. – ‘King Sh*t’". Rap-Up.com. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  26. ^ "T.I. - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  27. ^ Yo Gotti Follow @YoGottiKOM  . "Yo Gotti ft. J. Cole - Cold Blood | Listen". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  28. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/yo-gotti-cmg-chapter-one-interview/
  29. ^ "Gucci Mane Says Beef With Yo Gotti Stems From 'Trap God' Mixtape Release Date". BallerStatus.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  30. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2012-11-01). "Yo Gotti Upset Over Gucci Mane's Gripe: "He Supposed To Be My Homeboy" [Video]". Sohh.Com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 2015-01-31. 
  31. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/yo-gotti-errybody-new-song.1934610.html

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