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 Productions1996
Yo Gotti - From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game

Yo Gotti - From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game

Inevitable Entertainment2000
Yo Gotti - Self-Explanatory

Yo Gotti - Self-Explanatory

Inevitable Entertainment2001
Yo Gotti - Life

Yo Gotti - Life

TVT Records2003
Yo Gotti - Back 2 Da Basics

Yo Gotti - Back 2 Da Basics

TVT Records2006
DJ Sound Presents Lil Yo - Ridgecrest Killaz

DJ Sound Presents Lil Yo - Ridgecrest Killaz

D.J. Sound Productions, Lite Green Records2007
Yo Gotti - CM2

Yo Gotti - CM2

Inevitable Entertainment, The Orchard2009
Yo Gotti - Cocaine Muzik Vol. 5 (Chopped & Screwed Version)

Yo Gotti - Cocaine Muzik Vol. 5 (Chopped & Screwed Version)

Respect The Jux Records LLC2010
Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen

Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen

Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records2012
Yo Gotti - I Am

Yo Gotti - I Am

Epic, CMG2013
Yo Gotti - January 10th

Yo Gotti - January 10th

Be Great Music Group, LLC2015
Yo Gotti - The Art Of Hustle (Deluxe)

Yo Gotti - The Art Of Hustle (Deluxe)

Epic, CMG2016
Moneybagg Yo & Yo Gotti - 2 Federal

Moneybagg Yo & Yo Gotti - 2 Federal

Be Great Music Group, LLC2016

Yo Gotti - I Still Am

Epic, CMG2017

Guest Appearances

Criminal Manne - Playtime's Over
  • Stomp

Criminal Manne - Playtime's Over

Big Cheeze Records, Mo Cheda Records, Rap Hustlaz Records2002
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 Records2002
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Pimpin' And Hustlin'
  • TV's (24's & Wang)

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Pimpin' And Hustlin'

Rap Hustlaz2002
Tela - Double Dose
  • Tennessee Titans

Tela - Double Dose

Rap-A-Lot Records2002
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Still Pimpin And Hustlin
  • TV's (24's & Wang)

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Still Pimpin And Hustlin

Rap Hustlaz2002
Gangsta Blac & Skinny Pimp - The Mayor And The Pimp
  • Cocked And Ready

Gangsta Blac & Skinny Pimp - The Mayor And The Pimp

Rap Hustlaz2002
Young Trojanz - Prime Suspects
  • Own Man (Remix)

Young Trojanz - Prime Suspects

Out Da Woods Records2003
Mista Ian - Dope Money
  • Down Azz Chick

Mista Ian - Dope Money

Street Movement Records2003
Al Kapone & Mr. Sche - Showdown
  • Hit Da Club

Al Kapone & Mr. Sche - Showdown

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment2004
The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad
  • The Truth

The Blackout Squad - Yo Gotti Presents The Blackout Squad

Inevitable Entertainment2004
Bumpy Johnson - Tha Hustlelife Vol.1&2
  • Dopeman

Bumpy Johnson - Tha Hustlelife Vol.1&2

Undaworld Records Llc2004
Criminal Manne - Street Ways
  • Underground Kings

Criminal Manne - Street Ways

Big Daddy's Entertainment2005
Lutinent "G" - Street Tested, Block Approved
  • Yeah! Yeah! (Remix)

Lutinent "G" - Street Tested, Block Approved

Out Da Gate Records2005
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 Entertainment2005
Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day
  • Looking At My Dog

Royce Da 5'9" - Independent's Day

Trouble Records2005
Daz Dillinger - Gangsta Crunk
  • It's Tyme To Ride On 'Em

Daz Dillinger - Gangsta Crunk

Gangsta Advisory2005
Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Die • Born 2 Live
  • Get Right

Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Die • Born 2 Live

BME Recordings, Reprise Records2006
La Chat - Bad Influence
  • Drop It Off

La Chat - Bad Influence

Inevitable Entertainment2006
Guce - Tell Me When Ta Stop, Cause I Already Go
  • Take A Picture

Guce - Tell Me When Ta Stop, Cause I Already Go

Baggmen Entertainment, Git Paid Entertainment2006
Twisted Black - Street Fame
  • Throw It Up

Twisted Black - Street Fame

Scarred 4 Life Entertainment, TVT Records2007
Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified
  • Get Money

Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified

Major Entertainment, UGK Records2007
Birdman - 5 * Stunna
  • We Gangsta

Birdman - 5 * Stunna

Cash Money Records2007
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 Records2007
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album
  • Keep It Gangsta

Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album

Atlantic, Grand Hustle2007
DJ Sound - Vol. 10 Hatred
  • Ridgecrest Killaz

DJ Sound - Vol. 10 Hatred

FrayserClick Records2007
Prophet Posse - The Return: Part 1
  • My Posse

Prophet Posse - The Return: Part 1

Prophet Posse Records2007
Huey - Notebook Paper
  • Money Ova

Huey - Notebook Paper

Jive, Zomba Records2007
C-Rock - Tha Wait Is Over
  • D-Boy

C-Rock - Tha Wait Is Over

Whytehouse Ent., JCR Music, Op-Tec Entertainment2008
Bohagon - Crunk In HD
  • Yeah She A Freak

Bohagon - Crunk In HD

Cyberwerks2008
Soulja Boy - ISouljaBoyTellem
  • Shoppin' Spree

Soulja Boy - ISouljaBoyTellem

ColliPark Music, Interscope Records2008
Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified (Chopped Up Not Slopped Up)
  • Get Money

Pimp C Presents XVII - Certified (Chopped Up Not Slopped Up)

Major Entertainment, UGK Records2008
Mr. Mack & D.J. Scream - Bloxville
  • Where You From

Mr. Mack & D.J. Scream - Bloxville

Boiler Room Ent.2008
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2
  • Ridiculous

Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2

Atlantic2009
Choppa T - Non-Fiction
  • Grind And Shine

Choppa T - Non-Fiction

Not On Label2009
T-Rock - It's Official 1.5
  • Underground

T-Rock - It's Official 1.5

Rock Solid Music2009
Clipse - Til The Casket Drops
  • Showing Out

Clipse - Til The Casket Drops

Columbia2009
Triple C's - Custom Cars & Cycles
  • Yams Pt. 2

Triple C's - Custom Cars & Cycles

Def Jam Recordings, Maybach Music Group2009
J-Money - My Life Check Me Out
  • Street Boy

J-Money - My Life Check Me Out

35 35 Entertainment, Asylum Records2009
Paul Wall - Heart Of A Champion
  • My City

Paul Wall - Heart Of A Champion

Asylum Records, Swishahouse2010
Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show
  • Neighborhood Supa Stars

Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show

E1 Music2010
Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great Pt. 2
  • Nite Life

Montana Trax - The Boy Something Great Pt. 2

Goodsoundmusic2010
Bun B - Trill O.G.
  • Countin' Money

Bun B - Trill O.G.

Rap-A-Lot Records2010
Twista - The Perfect Storm
  • Cocaine

Twista - The Perfect Storm

Get Money Gang Entertainment2010
Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP
  • Gotti Family

Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP

Maybach Music Group, Def Jam Recordings2010
Nelly - 5.0
  • Broke

Nelly - 5.0

Universal Records, Universal Motown2010
DJ Kayslay - More Than Just A DJ
  • Gangsta Sh**

DJ Kayslay - More Than Just A DJ

E1 Music2010
DJ Drama - Third Power
  • Self Made

DJ Drama - Third Power

E1 Music2011
Lil Jack - Moment Of Truth
  • On Tha Map

Lil Jack - Moment Of Truth

Frontline Muzik2011
Trae The Truth - Street King
  • I'm Fly

Trae The Truth - Street King

ABN Entertainment2011
Ace Hood - Blood Sweat + Tears (Deluxe Edition)
  • ErrryThang

Ace Hood - Blood Sweat + Tears (Deluxe Edition)

Def Jam Recordings, We The Best Music Group2011
Z-Ro - Meth
  • A Southern Girl

Z-Ro - Meth

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life2011
Go Dumb Boyz - The Detroit Way
  • Don't Like Me

Go Dumb Boyz - The Detroit Way

GDB Entertainment2011
DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
  • Goin' Down

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music

E1 Music2012
40 Glocc - Big Bad 4-0: New World Agenda
  • Damn (Remix)

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

Zoo Life Entertainment2012
Mr. Mack - Tennessee Titans: Clash Of The Titans
  • K.I.N.G.

Mr. Mack - Tennessee Titans: Clash Of The Titans

Boiler Room Ent.2012
Master P - The Gift
  • White

Master P - The Gift

No Limit Forever2013
Slim Thug - Boss Life
  • 1st N 15th (I'm Addicted Skit)

Slim Thug - Boss Life

Hogg Life Entertainment2013
Wale - The Gifted
  • Bricks

Wale - The Gifted

Maybach Music Group, Atlantic2013
Nelly - M.O.
  • Ciroc & Simply Lemonade

Nelly - M.O.

Republic Records2013
Rich Gang - Rich Gang
  • Dreams Come True

Rich Gang - Rich Gang

Cash Money Records, Republic Records, Young Money Entertainment2013
Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life
  • Hold That

Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life

Epic2013
Starlito - Fried Turkey
  • Don't Forget The Bag

Starlito - Fried Turkey

Grind Hard2013
Perverz - Klikk Boss
  • Krieger

Perverz - Klikk Boss

23Klikk2013
Trae Tha Truth - I Am King
  • Hallelujah

Trae Tha Truth - I Am King

Grand Hustle2013
Iamsu! - Sincerely Yours 1.5
  • Only That Real (Remix)

Iamsu! - Sincerely Yours 1.5

HBK Gang Records, Alternative Distribution Alliance2014
Juvenile - The Fundamentals
  • Pay The Rent

Juvenile - The Fundamentals

Rap-A-Lot Records2014
Snootie Wild - Go Mode
  • Yayo

Snootie Wild - Go Mode

Epic2014
Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep
  • Work

Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep

Swisha Blast Ent., Seven 13 Music, LLC2014
Numberz - Determined
  • On My

Numberz - Determined

Determined Music Group2014
The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf
  • Really

The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf

Blood Money Entertainment, eOne2014
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 Records2014
August Alsina - Testimony
  • Numb

August Alsina - Testimony

Def Jam Music Group2014
Teyana Taylor - VII
  • Maybe

Teyana Taylor - VII

Getting Out Our Dreams, Def Jam Recordings2014
DJ Mustard - 10 Summers
  • Giuseppee

DJ Mustard - 10 Summers

Pu$haz Ink, Roc Nation Music, Republic Records2014
Young Money - Rise Of An Empire
  • Catch Me At The Light

Young Money - Rise Of An Empire

Cash Money Records, Republic Records, Young Money Entertainment2014
Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
  • Trap Luv

Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire

Maybach Music Group, Slip-N-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings2014
Jim Jones - We Own The Night Pt. II
  • All I Do

Jim Jones - We Own The Night Pt. II

Vampire Life2014
Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin
  • No Rearview Two

Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin

Grind Hard LLC.2014
Chief Keef - Still Rich
  • Designer (Remix)

Chief Keef - Still Rich

Black Rock Records2014
Twon - No Finessin' (The Mixtape)
  • Layit Down

Twon - No Finessin' (The Mixtape)

Sicmuzic LLC2014
Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep (Swishahouse Chopped Up Remix)
  • Work

Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep (Swishahouse Chopped Up Remix)

Swisha Blast Ent., Seven 13 Music, LLC2014
Boosie Badazz - Life After Deathrow
  • Cruisin

Boosie Badazz - Life After Deathrow

Lil Boosie Music2014
2 Chainz - FreeBase
  • Boo

2 Chainz - FreeBase

World Wide Ent.2014
Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes
  • Do It For A G

Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes

Atlantic Records2015
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 Music2015
K Camp - Only Way Is Up
  • Who Am I

K Camp - Only Way Is Up

Interscope Records, Family Ties Entertainment2015
Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission
  • Till I Die Part II

Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission

Bad Boy Entertainment, Interscope Records2015
Gunplay - Living Legend
  • Blood On The Dope

Gunplay - Living Legend

Def Jam Recordings, Maybach Music Group2015
DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot
  • I Swear I Never Tell Another Soul

DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot

We The Best Music Group2015
Baby Kane - Branded, Vol. 1
  • Branded

Baby Kane - Branded, Vol. 1

B.R.A.N.D.E.D. Entertainment, LLC2015
Fate Eastwood - The Architect
  • Cocaine Muzik

Fate Eastwood - The Architect

BeatsOnDeckDotCom, Grind Hard Inc2015
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Street Mix: Volume 2
  • East Atlanta Memphis

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - Street Mix: Volume 2

Gimisum Productions2015
Spodee - The B.I.D., Vol. 2 (The New Testament)
  • Um Hmm (Remix)

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

OTM, Inc2016
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2
  • Who Dey Rockin Wit

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2

ABN, EMPIRE2016
Lil Durk - Lil Durk 2X (Deluxe)
  • Money Walk

Lil Durk - Lil Durk 2X (Deluxe)

Def Jam Recordings2016
K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue
  • Rich

K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue

Atlantic2016
Meghan Trainor - Thank You
  • Better

Meghan Trainor - Thank You

Epic2016
DJ Khaled - Major Key
  • Fuck Up The Club

DJ Khaled - Major Key

Epic, We The Best Music Group2016
Jeezy - Trap Or Die 3
  • Where It At

Jeezy - Trap Or Die 3

Def Jam Recordings2016
Tank - Sex Love & Pain II
  • I Love Ya

Tank - Sex Love & Pain II

Atlantic2016
Master P - The G Mixtape
  • Trunk

Master P - The G Mixtape

No Limit Forever2016
Baby Kane - Branded, Vol. 1 (Non-Explicit)
  • Branded

Baby Kane - Branded, Vol. 1 (Non-Explicit)

Branded Entertainment2017
  • How It Feel (Remix)

Money Man - Harvest Season

Black Circle LLC2017
  • Stand Up (Remix)

Fabolous & Jadakiss - Friday On Elm Street

Def Jam Recordings2017
Jeezy - Snow Season 2017
  • Only That Real

Jeezy - Snow Season 2017

New Power Soul2017
Waka Flocka Flame - Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4 (Banned From America)
  • Money Pile

Waka Flocka Flame - Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4 (Banned From America)

Cook Dope Entertainment2018
Waka Flocka Flame - Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5
  • On Everything

Waka Flocka Flame - Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5

Cook Dope Entertainment2018
Young H Wood - The Komeup
  • No Secrets

Young H Wood - The Komeup

Boom City Entertainment2018
Moneybagg Yo - 2 Heartless
  • Still Don’t Kno

Moneybagg Yo - 2 Heartless

N-Less Entertainment, LLC, Interscope Records2018
Blac Youngsta - 223
  • Bandz

Blac Youngsta - 223

Epic, CMG2018

Compilations

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

Various - Al Kapone Presents Memphis Drama Vol. 2

Alkatraz Productions, Family Biz Entertainment2002
Various - Da Midsouth
  • Me & My Thugs

Various - Da Midsouth

Diamond D Records2005
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 Entertainment2005
C.P Da Babydon - Grind How U Wanna Shine
  • I'm On

C.P Da Babydon - Grind How U Wanna Shine

Ride2getha Records2006
iGet Crunk - Worldwide Slangin Trappers Edition
  • Full Time Hustler

iGet Crunk - Worldwide Slangin Trappers Edition

BCD Music Group2008
Various - 8Ball Memphis All-Stars: Cars, Clubs & Strip Clubs
  • Gettin It In

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

8 Ways Entertainment2009
Various - DJ Mechanically Incline Presents Hood Mechanic Street Album
  • Trapoholic

Various - DJ Mechanically Incline Presents Hood Mechanic Street Album

Union Syndicate2010
Swishahouse - Highly Addictive
  • Al White Everything

Swishahouse - Highly Addictive

Swishahouse2010
Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2
  • Grey Goose

Various - Spice1 Presents Turf Bangers #2

Mo Thugs Records2011
Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2
  • Trap Star

Various - Guce Presents Tales From The Hood Vol. 2

Git Paid Music Group2012
Al Kapone - Al Kapeezy Oh Boy!! The Hits
  • They Dykin

Al Kapone - Al Kapeezy Oh Boy!! The Hits

Not On Label2012
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 Recordings2013
Swishahouse Presents From The House 2 Tha Trap
  • Drug Money

Various - Swishahouse Presents From The House 2 Tha Trap

Swishahouse2013
Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2
  • Heat The Water

Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2

Seven 132015
Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 3
  • Dope Boy

Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 3

Money And Power Ent.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 Records2016
Zaytoven - Zaytoven Radio 2
  • This Is How We Ride

Zaytoven - Zaytoven Radio 2

Familiar Territory2016
Various - Law B Presents Shark Tank 2
  • Won't Put The 9's Up

Various - Law B Presents Shark Tank 2

MizFit Muzik, Thoroughbred Club Inc2017
  • Gas Stove

Zaytoven - Where Would The Game Be Without Me 2

Zaytoven Beatz2017
Xvii - DJ Tony Snow Presents: XVII The Resurrection Of Da Trill
  • Get Money

Xvii - DJ Tony Snow Presents: XVII The Resurrection Of Da Trill

UGK Records2017