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Mario Mims (born May 19, 1981), better known by his stage name Yo Gotti, is an American rapper. He hails from the northern side of Memphis, Tennessee. His first studio album Live from the Kitchen was released in 2012.
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) Yo Gotti became very well known in Memphis after the release of his album Life. The song “Dirty South Soldiers” featuring Lil Jon propelled Gotti into the higher ranks of Memphis rappers. The album Back 2 da Basics had even more success. The singles “I Got ‘Em”, “Full Time”, “Shawty”, and “Gangsta Party” featuring 8Ball and Bun B solidified his status as one of the top rappers from the city.
2009-12: Live from the Kitchen
Yo Gotti’s first studio album is called Live From The Kitchen. The album’s original first single was titled “”5 Star”” and it was released on May 20, 2009. The single peaked at 79 on the Hot 100, 19 on U.S R&B and 11 on U.S Rap. “Women Lie, Men Lie” featuring Lil Wayne was the second official single released December 11, 2009. The song peaked at 81 on 100, 22 on the U.S R&B and 12 on the U.S Rap. “Look In the Mirror” was the third single released 7 months after his second single on July 27, 2010. The song peaked at 97 on the U.S R&B chart. “For the Hood” featured rapper Gucci Mane. Live From The Kitchen debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, with 16,000 copies in its first week of sales in the United States. After three weeks on the chart the album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States. 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. In 2012 he released 7th version of his well known mixtape series Cocaine Muzik entitled Cocaine Muzik 7: The World Is Yours.
2013-present: I Am
In early 2013 Gotti announced that him & his label CMG had been signed to a distribution deal with Epic Records from longtime business partner L.A. Reid. The first single from his second studio album I Am is titled “Act Right” and features Young Jeezy and YG. The song was released for Rhythmic contemporary radio airplay on June 25, 2013. The song debuted at # 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, making it one of his higest mainstream entries, and at # 39 on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart. I Am is scheduled for release on November 19, 2013. Confirmed tracks on the album include, “LeBron James”, “Pride To The Side”, “I Don’t Want It”, “Cold Blood” (feat. J. Cole), “Ghettos of America”, “King Shit” (feat. T.I.), & “Act Right” (feat. Young Jeezy & YG). Scheduled producers on the record include Metro Boomin’, Arthur McArthur, Canei, the Youngstars, Lee On The Beats, & The Invasion. Confirmed features on the record include Young Jeezy, YG, J. Cole, T.I., Wale, Ne-Yo, & Sean Kingston.