Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti

Biography

Yo Gotti is among the many hardcore rappers who came out of hip-hop's Dirty South school in the late '90s. He is also one of the hip-hoppers who derive part of their stage names from the late New York Mafioso John Gotti; others have included Big Gotti, Don Gotti, and Juan Gotti. Not all Dirty South recordings are gangsta rap, but Yo Gotti has favored this thugged-out gangsta style, and he gets his inspiration from both Southern and non-Southern rappers. Master P and his New Orleans-based No Limit posse are an influence; so are N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and the late Tupac Shakur. Gotti's more sexually explicit lyrics also owe something to Oakland native Too Short, who was never a gangsta rapper but did a lot to popularize X-rated rap lyrics.

Yo Gotti, however, isn't from the West Coast any more than he is from New Orleans; his stomping ground is Memphis, the city that gave us the Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Blac, Eightball & MJG, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, and quite a few other Dirty South artists. When Gotti boasts that he is "straight from the North," he doesn't mean the northern part of the United States; he means the northern part of Memphis, where he lived in the infamous, crime-ridden Ridge Crest housing projects. And Memphis' more dangerous neighborhoods have inspired many of Gotti's lyrics, which often describe the dangers of life in the 'hood. Gotti, however, doesn't always rap about crime and inner-city thug life; he also raps about sex quite a bit.

After performing around Memphis in the '90s, Gotti started building a catalog in the early 2000s. His first album, From da Dope Game 2 da Rap Game, came out on the Inevitable label in 2000; his subsequent Inevitable releases included 2001's Self Explanatory and 2002's Block Burnin', Vol. 1. After that, Gotti signed with TVT and recorded Life, which came out in 2003. TVT released "Dirty South Soldiers" (a duet with Atlanta crunk star Lil' Jon) as Life's first single. After having his track "Full Time" featured in the film Hustle & Flow, he released Back 2 da Basics in 2006. A series of Cocaine Muzik mixtapes carried the rapper into 2012 when his first major-label release, Live from the Kitchen, landed on RCA. The album I Am followed in 2013 and featured the singles "Act Right" with YG and Jeezy, plus "King Shit" featuring T.I. In 2015, he returned with the single "Errrbody" plus the mixtape Chapter One, both of them promotional tools for his fifth studio effort and 2016 release, The Art of the Hustle. White Friday (CM9), Gotti's first commercially available mixtape, appeared at the end of the year.

Discography

Lil Yo - Youngsta's On A Come Up

Lil Yo - Youngsta's On A Come Up

Crime Lordz Records, Gimi Sum Productions 1996
Yo Gotti - From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game

Yo Gotti - From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game

Inevitable Entertainment 2000
Yo Gotti - Self-Explanatory

Yo Gotti - Self-Explanatory

Inevitable Entertainment 2001
Yo Gotti - Life

Yo Gotti - Life

TVT Records 2003
Yo Gotti - Back 2 Da Basics

Yo Gotti - Back 2 Da Basics

TVT Records 2006
DJ Sound Presents Lil Yo - Ridgecrest Killaz

DJ Sound Presents Lil Yo - Ridgecrest Killaz

D.J. Sound Productions, Lite Green Records 2007
Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen

Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen

Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records 2012
Yo Gotti - I Am

Yo Gotti - I Am

Epic, CMG 2013
Yo Gotti - The Art Of Hustle (Deluxe)

Yo Gotti - The Art Of Hustle (Deluxe)

Epic, CMG 2016

Guest Appearances

Criminal Manne - Playtime's Over
  • Stomp

Criminal Manne - Playtime's Over

Big Cheeze Records, Mo Cheda Records, Rap Hustlaz Records 2002
E-40 Presents Al Kapone - Goin' All Out
  • What They Doin' (They Dikin)

E-40 Presents Al Kapone - Goin' All Out

Family Biz Entertainment, Sick Wid' It Records 2002
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Pimpin' And Hustlin'
  • TV's (24's & Wang)

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Pimpin' And Hustlin'

Rap Hustlaz 2002
Tela - Double Dose
  • Tennessee Titans

Tela - Double Dose

Rap-A-Lot Records 2002
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Still Pimpin And Hustlin
  • TV's (24's & Wang)

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Still Pimpin And Hustlin

Rap Hustlaz 2002
Gangsta Blac & Skinny Pimp - The Mayor And The Pimp
  • Cocked And Ready

Gangsta Blac & Skinny Pimp - The Mayor And The Pimp

Rap Hustlaz 2002
Young Trojanz - Prime Suspects
  • Own Man (Remix)

Young Trojanz - Prime Suspects

Out Da Woods Records 2003
Mista Ian - Dope Money
  • Down Azz Chick

Mista Ian - Dope Money

Street Movement Records 2003
Al Kapone & Mr. Sche - Showdown
  • Hit Da Club

Al Kapone & Mr. Sche - Showdown

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment 2004
The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad
  • The Truth

The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad

Inevitable Entertainment 2004
Bumpy Johnson - Tha Hustlelife Vol.1&2
  • Dopeman

Bumpy Johnson - Tha Hustlelife Vol.1&2

Undaworld Records Llc 2004
Criminal Manne - Street Ways
  • Underground Kings

Criminal Manne - Street Ways

Big Daddy's Entertainment 2005
Lutinent "G" - Street Tested, Block Approved
  • Yeah! Yeah! (Remix)

Lutinent "G" - Street Tested, Block Approved

Out Da Gate Records 2005
The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad Vol. 2
  • Work Hard, Play Hard

The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad Vol. 2

Inevitable Entertainment 2005
Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day
  • Looking At My Dog

Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day

Trouble Records 2005
Daz Dillinger - Gangsta Crunk
  • It's Tyme To Ride On 'Em

Daz Dillinger - Gangsta Crunk

Gangsta Advisory 2005
Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Die • Born 2 Live
  • Get Right

Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Die • Born 2 Live

BME Recordings, Reprise Records 2006
La Chat - Bad Influence
  • Drop It Off

La Chat - Bad Influence

Inevitable Entertainment 2006
Twisted Black - Street Fame
  • Throw It Up

Twisted Black - Street Fame

Scarred 4 Life Entertainment, TVT Records 2007
Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified
  • Get Money

Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified

Major Entertainment, UGK Records 2007
Birdman - 5 * Stunna
  • We Gangsta

Birdman - 5 * Stunna

Cash Money Records 2007
Prophet Posse - Belly Of The Beast (The Return: Part 2)
  • Rolling With My Posse

Prophet Posse - Belly Of The Beast (The Return: Part 2)

Prophet Posse Records 2007
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album
  • Keep It Gangsta

Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album

Atlantic, Grand Hustle 2007
DJ Sound - Vol. 10 Hatred
  • Ridgecrest Killaz

DJ Sound - Vol. 10 Hatred

FrayserClick Records 2007
Prophet Posse - The Return: Part 1
  • My Posse

Prophet Posse - The Return: Part 1

Prophet Posse Records 2007
Huey - Notebook Paper
  • Money Ova

Huey - Notebook Paper

Jive, Zomba Records 2007
C-Rock - Tha Wait Is Over
  • D-Boy

C-Rock - Tha Wait Is Over

Whytehouse Ent., JCR Music, Op-Tec Entertainment 2008
Bohagon - Crunk In HD
  • Yeah She A Freak

Bohagon - Crunk In HD

Cyberwerks 2008
Soulja Boy - ISouljaBoyTellem
  • Shoppin' Spree

Soulja Boy - ISouljaBoyTellem

ColliPark Music, Interscope Records 2008
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2
  • Ridiculous

Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2

Atlantic 2009
Choppa T - Non-Fiction
  • Grind And Shine

Choppa T - Non-Fiction

Not On Label 2009
T-Rock - It's Official 1.5
  • Underground

T-Rock - It's Official 1.5

Rock Solid Music 2009
Clipse - Til The Casket Drops
  • Showing Out

Clipse - Til The Casket Drops

Columbia 2009
Triple C's - Custom Cars & Cycles
  • Yams Pt. 2

Triple C's - Custom Cars & Cycles

Def Jam Recordings, Maybach Music Group 2009
J-Money - My Life Check Me Out
  • Street Boy

J-Money - My Life Check Me Out

35 35 Entertainment, Asylum Records 2009
Paul Wall - Heart Of A Champion
  • My City

Paul Wall - Heart Of A Champion

Asylum Records, Swishahouse 2010
Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show
  • Neighborhood Supa Stars

Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show

E1 Music 2010
Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great Pt. 2
  • Nite Life

Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great Pt. 2

Goodsoundmusic 2010
Bun B - Trill O.G.
  • Countin' Money

Bun B - Trill O.G.

Rap-A-Lot Records 2010
Twista - The Perfect Storm
  • Cocaine

Twista - The Perfect Storm

Get Money Gang Entertainment 2010
Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP
  • Gotti Family

Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP

Maybach Music Group, Def Jam Recordings 2010
Nelly - 5.0
  • Broke

Nelly - 5.0

Universal Records, Universal Motown 2010
DJ Kayslay - More Than Just A DJ
  • Gangsta Sh**

DJ Kayslay - More Than Just A DJ

E1 Music 2010
DJ Drama - Third Power
  • Self Made

DJ Drama - Third Power

E1 Music 2011
Lil Jack - Moment Of Truth
  • On Tha Map

Lil Jack - Moment Of Truth

Frontline Muzik 2011
Trae The Truth - Street King
  • I'm Fly

Trae The Truth - Street King

ABN Entertainment 2011
Ace Hood - Blood Sweat + Tears (Deluxe Edition)
  • ErrryThang

Ace Hood - Blood Sweat + Tears (Deluxe Edition)

Def Jam Recordings, We The Best Music Group 2011
Z-Ro - Meth
  • A Southern Girl

Z-Ro - Meth

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2011
Go Dumb Boyz - The Detroit Way
  • Don't Like Me

Go Dumb Boyz - The Detroit Way

GDB Entertainment 2011
DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
  • Goin' Down

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music

E1 Music 2012
40 Glocc - Big Bad 4-0: New World Agenda
  • Damn (Remix)

40 Glocc - Big Bad 4-0: New World Agenda

Zoo Life Entertainment 2012
Master P - The Gift
  • White

Master P - The Gift

No Limit Forever 2013
Slim Thug - Boss Life
  • 1st N 15th (I'm Addicted Skit)

Slim Thug - Boss Life

Hogg Life Entertainment 2013
Wale - The Gifted
  • Bricks

Wale - The Gifted

Maybach Music Group, Atlantic 2013
Nelly - M.O.
  • Ciroc & Simply Lemonade

Nelly - M.O.

Republic Records 2013
Rich Gang - Rich Gang
  • Dreams Come True

Rich Gang - Rich Gang

Cash Money Records, Republic Records, Young Money Entertainment 2013
Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life
  • Hold That

Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life

Epic 2013
Starlito - Fried Turkey
  • Don't Forget The Bag

Starlito - Fried Turkey

Grind Hard 2013
Perverz - Klikk Boss
  • Krieger

Perverz - Klikk Boss

23Klikk 2013
Iamsu! - Sincerely Yours 1.5
  • Only That Real (Remix)

Iamsu! - Sincerely Yours 1.5

HBK Gang Records, Alternative Distribution Alliance 2014
Juvenile - The Fundamentals
  • Pay The Rent

Juvenile - The Fundamentals

Rap-A-Lot Records 2014
Snootie Wild - Go Mode
  • Yayo

Snootie Wild - Go Mode

Epic 2014
Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep
  • Work

Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep

Swisha Blast Ent., Seven 13 Music, LLC 2014
Numberz - Determined
  • On My

Numberz - Determined

Determined Music Group 2014
The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf
  • Really

The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf

Blood Money Entertainment, eOne 2014
50 Cent - Animal Ambition (An Untamed Desire To Win)
  • Don't Worry 'Bout It

50 Cent - Animal Ambition (An Untamed Desire To Win)

G Unit, Caroline Records 2014
August Alsina - Testimony
  • Numb

August Alsina - Testimony

Def Jam Music Group 2014
Teyana Taylor - VII
  • Maybe

Teyana Taylor - VII

Getting Out Our Dreams, Def Jam Recordings 2014
DJ Mustard - 10 Summers
  • Giuseppee

DJ Mustard - 10 Summers

Pu$haz Ink, Roc Nation Music, Republic Records 2014
Young Money - Rise Of An Empire
  • Catch Me At The Light

Young Money - Rise Of An Empire

Cash Money Records, Republic Records, Young Money Entertainment 2014
Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
  • Trap Luv

Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire

Maybach Music Group, Slip-N-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings 2014
Jim Jones - We Own The Night Pt. II
  • All I Do

Jim Jones - We Own The Night Pt. II

Vampire Life 2014
Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin
  • No Rearview Two

Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin

Grind Hard LLC. 2014
Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes
  • Do It For A G

Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes

Atlantic Records 2015
Spodee - The B.I.D.
  • Um Hmm

Spodee - The B.I.D.

O.T.M. Inc. 2015
Tech N9ne - Special Effects
  • Bass Ackwards

Tech N9ne - Special Effects

Strange Music 2015
K Camp - Only Way Is Up
  • Who Am I

K Camp - Only Way Is Up

Interscope Records, Family Ties Entertainment 2015
Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission
  • Till I Die Part II

Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission

Bad Boy Entertainment, Interscope Records 2015
Gunplay - Living Legend
  • Blood On The Dope

Gunplay - Living Legend

Def Jam Recordings, Maybach Music Group 2015
DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot
  • I Swear I Never Tell Another Soul

DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot

We The Best Music Group 2015
Spodee - The B.I.D., Vol. 2 (The New Testament)
  • Um Hmm (Remix)

Spodee - The B.I.D., Vol. 2 (The New Testament)

OTM, Inc 2016
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2
  • Who Dey Rockin Wit

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2

ABN, EMPIRE 2016
Lil Durk - Lil Durk 2X (Deluxe)
  • Money Walk

Lil Durk - Lil Durk 2X (Deluxe)

Def Jam Recordings 2016
K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue
  • Rich

K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue

Atlantic 2016
Meghan Trainor - Thank You
  • Better

Meghan Trainor - Thank You

Epic 2016
DJ Khaled - Major Key
  • Fuck Up The Club

DJ Khaled - Major Key

Epic, We The Best Music Group 2016
Jeezy - Trap Or Die 3
  • Where It At

Jeezy - Trap Or Die 3

Def Jam Recordings 2016
Tank - Sex Love & Pain II
  • I Love Ya

Tank - Sex Love & Pain II

Atlantic 2016

Compilations

Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2
  • Lil Mama Bi

Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment 2002
Various - Da Midsouth
  • Me & My Thugs

Various - Da Midsouth

Diamond D Records 2005
Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 4: Crunk Roots
  • Me And My Thugz

Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 4: Crunk Roots

Family Biz Entertainment 2005
C.P Da Babydon - Grind How U Wanna Shine
  • I'm On

C.P Da Babydon - Grind How U Wanna Shine

Ride2getha Records 2006
Various - 8Ball Memphis All-Stars: Cars, Clubs & Strip Clubs
  • Gettin It In

Various - 8Ball Memphis All-Stars: Cars, Clubs & Strip Clubs

8 Ways Entertainment 2009
Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2
  • Grey Goose

Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2

Mo Thugs Records 2011
Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2
  • Trap Star

Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2

Git Paid Music Group 2012
Al Kapone - Al Kapeezy Oh Boy!! The Hits
  • They Dykin

Al Kapone - Al Kapeezy Oh Boy!! The Hits

Not On Label 2012
Various - Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol.3
  • Gallardo

Various - Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol.3

Maybach Music Group, Atlantic, Def Jam Recordings 2013
Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2
  • Heat The Water

Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2

Seven 13 2015
Empire Cast - Empire: Original Soundtrack Season 2 Volume 2
  • All Nite (Yo Gotti Remix)

Empire Cast - Empire: Original Soundtrack Season 2 Volume 2

Columbia, Sony Music, 20th Century Fox TV Records 2016