Yo Gotti Biography


Yo Gotti is one of the hottest artists in the hip hop game his label CMG hosts some of the most promising newcomers! Find out who Yo Gotti really is, where he got his name from and how his music career took off!


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Born on May 19 1981 his real name is Mario Mims. He is one of the five epicenters of Southern Hip Hop. He is from Memphis which has always had a thriving music scene producing major superstars such as Eightball & MJG and the Three 6 Mafia.

Yo Gotti grew up in the infamous Ridge Crest Apartments in North Memphis. His Childhood was typical for a “Ghetto Child”, he had 7 aunties and 1 uncle. The uncle went to the army and his aunties were hustling. Some of them went to prison for not snitching. He remembered sleeping in his room and seeing flashlights and then hearing a lot of noises outside. It was dark and he just saw the flashlights so he thought it’s his cousin playing around. Then the feds kicked in his door, he was only 5 or 6 years old asking him where his momma was. The Police made him and his little sister and cousin layed down on the floor in the living room. The Mother wasn’t there. They started towing the house up. This is just one of his childhood memories.

He got his name in his neighborhood when he was 12 or 13 years old, he use to hang around older guys in the age of 18 and 19. He had his little crew with 11 years old and he used to run around with packs. The older folks told him you Lil Gotti. He used to be called Yo from his real name Mario. So they ended up putting this together and he became Yo Gotti.

Humble Beginnings

Yo Gotti humble beginnings

When he starts rapping he said that his neighborhood believed more in him than he believed in himself. He released his first mixtape and placed it in neighborhood stores and sold them out of his trunk. The mixtapes flew of the shelves and north Memphis embraced him and he became one of the hottest upcoming artists.

When he starts rapping he said that his neighborhood believed more in him than he believed in himself.

His second project “From Da Dope Game To Da Rap Game” sold so well that a local independent distributor, offered Yo Gotti a small deal. He managed to double his fan base without any marketing or promotions. He also made it into magazines across the nation. And was mentioned alongside his idols like Kingpin Skinny Pimp and Al Kapone.


In 2003 he signed a contract with TVT Records, which used to be home to some of the south hottest rappers, such as Lil John and the Ying Yang Twins. He then released his first LP “Life”. This was a breakthrough for Gotti. 3 years later he signed a production deal with Cash Money/Universal Records his group called Block Burnaz, and landed a hit single called “Full Time” which was also a soundtrack for the film “Hustle and Flow”. He also released his classic album “Back 2 Da Basics” this year.

Yo Gotti released his major label debut “Live From The Kitchen” after several delays on January 10, 2012. It included the hit single “5 Stars” which peaked on #11 on the U.S Rap Charts and also “Women Lie, Men Lie” featuring Lil Wayne which peaked on #12 on the U.S Rap Charts.

In 2013,Yo Gotti announced that him and his label CMG has been signed a distribution deal with Epic Records. He then put out his sixth album called “I Am” which had a lot of well known features such as: T.I, Young Jeezy, YG, J Cole and many more.

Yo Gotti Artists

Yo Gotti now has about 6 active artists in his label CMG:


Yo Gotti Net Worth

Yo Gotti net worth is estimated at 10 Million U.S Dollars. From his humble beginnings to album sales and sold out shows he is making money. Rumors in 2012 and 2013 said that he charges more than $50,000 per song for his performance. He is also not known to spend money dissolute as other rappers. He always seems to have certain clarity and focus no matter where you hit him. His Album “I Am” sold more than 100’000 copies during the first month, his Album “The Art Of Hustle” sold 61,000units in its firts week compare to 45,000units of the mentioned “I Am” Album. Read the full article Yo Gotti Net Worth

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