YFN Lucci was born Rashawn Bennett on the sixteenth of February 1991. Rashawn Bennett was born and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent his childhood days in Summerhill, Georgia, where he lived with his mother and other siblings.
Lucci reportedly had a rough childhood in which he had to struggle from a young age to survive. He held jobs such as washing cars and doing anything to make money, in order to alleviate his mother’s struggles.
Early Life & Inspiration
Rashawn got his inspiration and drive for music from listening to hip hop legends such as Tupac Shakur, Ja Rule, Jay-z, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, T.I, Young Jeezy and the Diplomats from a young age. He was also motivated by his rapper older brother ‘K’. YFN discovered his calling to be a rapper at the age of sixteen which was when he started his art.
He worked at McDonalds a couple of times in during his struggle to survive but always went back to his music. He was also encouraged in the ‘rap craft’ by rapper Johny Cinco. YFN landed two records on Cinco’s 2014 “John Popi” mixtape. This collaboration generated considerable buzz for YFN and helped propel him into the limelight.
YFN Lucci Finally Took Off
YFN Lucci had his official debut into the music arena in 2014. When he signed his record deal with the renowed “Think It is Just A Game Entertainment”. He released his debut mixtape titled“Wish Me Well” in that same year. “Wish Me Well 2” mixtape, featuring artistes such as Rich Homie Quan, Migos, Problem and Plies, was released two years later in February 2016 and it peaked at number 183 on the US Billboard 200 charts. “Key To The Streets” (born out of a fantastic collaboration with Migos and Trouble) was the mixtape’s hit single which went on to peak at number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The video of “Key To The Streets” premiered live on BET’s 106 & Park from the BET 2016 Experience. It received over 200000 views on Vevo within the first three days. The remix version of his music “Keys to the Street”, featuring his mentor Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Quavo, was on Vibe’s ‘The Sixty Best Songs Of 2016’ list and XXL magazine’s ‘Fifty Best Hip Hop Songs Of 2016’.
Beef With Young Thug
Lucci has been associated with Young Thug’s girlfriend, Jerrika Karlie, who he had allegedly been texting. He shared a number of the texts on Twitter in what appears to be an attempt at inciting Young Thug. However, the fellow Atlanta rapper didn’t take the bait as he insisted on not starting a beef with YFN Lucci.
Tours & Lucci Year 2016
YFN completed his 30-day national tour, “Parental Advisory”, in the summer of 2016, his first ever such tour. The tour which reached California, Atlanta and Boston among other states featured artistes 21 Savage, Kap G and Lil Uzi. The show in Atlanta had Future, Trouble and Migos making it a memorable outing.
In the same year, Rashawn was featured on the cover of Rolling Out magazine’s “Hidden Hip Hop Gems Of Summer ’16” issue, with Migos, 21 Savage, Young Dolph and others. YFN Lucci got Billboard magazine’s eye long enough to be included (in December 2016) in its ‘10 Hip-Hop and R&B Artists to Watch In 2017’ list.
Earlier in 2016, YFN Lucci spoke about his mother’s home in Atlanta got shot at on two different occasions. His mother was home at both times. Fortunately she “only” got hit once, in the leg. She, thankfully, was not badly hurt, and the young rapper did since then move his family to a safer home.
YFN has two children, a daughter and a son. Even though Lucci posts pictures of his beautiful children on Instagram, no mention of their names. There is hardly any mention of their mother/s (except in his music).
YFN – Young Fly Niggas
YFN stands for Young Fly Niggas, the team of artistes which includes his brother YFN Kay and YFN TraePound. He built the team on the basis of helping each others grow in the rap business. Not compete with one another in their individual music careers. Lucci also produces clothing under the YFN label. Which includes T-shirts, sweat shirts hoodies and shorts sets for men, women and kids. Kay and TraePound have featured in several songs with Lucci and other artistes.
Lucci is firmly planted as a voice to listen to in the hip-hop world and shows no sign of backing down. Due to so many collaborations and chart toppers within just a year of active music, even without an official album. As a result the world eagerly awaits what he will bring this year.
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