Lil Pump in 2018
August 17, 2000|
Miami, Florida, United States
Gazzy Garcia (born August 17, 2000), known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper, record producer and songwriter. He is best known for his song "Gucci Gang" which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. This song is also his first to get platinum certified. He released his debut studio album, Lil Pump, on October 6, 2017.
Gazzy Garcia was born August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida to a Cuban father and Mexican mother.
When Garcia was 13 years old, his cousin introduced him to Omar Pineiro, better known as Smokepurpp; the two eventually became collaborators. Garcia was expelled from multiple district schools and thereafter enrolled in an opportunity high school but was expelled in the tenth grade for fighting and inciting a riot.
Garcia's rap career began when Smokepurpp produced a track and asked Garcia to freestyle over it. The single produced was independently released in 2016 on the music streaming website SoundCloud, as his debut single, "Lil Pump." Garcia quickly followed the song with singles "Elementary", "Ignorant", "Gang Shit", and "Drum$tick", each possessing over three million streams. The success of Garcia's tracks on SoundCloud earned him recognition among the South Florida underground rap scene, in a style known as "SoundCloud rap." Garcia co-headlined the No Jumper tour in 2016, and also performed at the Rolling Loud Festival.
Garcia began 2017 by releasing the singles "D Rose" and "Boss", which were major hits on SoundCloud, collecting a combined 70 million streams. The popularity of "D Rose" led to a music video being produced by Chicago based director Cole Bennett, also known as Lyrical Lemonade. The music video was released on YouTube on January 30, 2017, and has gained 106 million views as of December 2017. On June 9, 2017, Garcia signed a record deal with Tha Lights Global and Warner Bros. Records, just two months before his seventeenth birthday. However, in January 2018, Garcia's contract with Warner Bros. Records was voided due to a technicality of him being a minor at the time of signing.
In July 2017, Garcia announced through Twitter that his debut album was in the works and would be released in August. Although the album was not released in August it was pushed back and he instead released the song "Gucci Gang", which became his first Billboard Hot 100 entry, peaking at number three on November 8, 2017.
On October 6, 2017, he released his debut commercial studio album, Lil Pump, featuring Smokepurpp, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Chief Keef, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz. Garcia released "I Shyne" on January 18, 2018 with producer Carnage. Following reports that Garcia had left his former label Warner Bros. Records and the contract had been voided on the grounds of Garcia being a minor when he signed, competition rose to sign Garcia with offers reportedly as high as $8 million to $12 million or more, and rappers such as Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled taking interest in Garcia. Garcia sparked rumors he had signed with Gucci Mane's imprint, 1017 Records in February 2018. Nonetheless, Garcia re-signed another contract with Warner Bros. for $8 million on March 12, 2018.
On February 15, 2018, Garcia was arrested for discharging a weapon in an inhabited place. According to Garcia's manager, three men attempted to break into Garcia's home in San Fernando Valley at around 4pm before shooting into the door. Police found the bullet may have come from inside the home, coming back later with a search warrant before finding an unloaded handgun below the balcony with ammo elsewhere in the residence. Garcia's mother is currently under investigation for endangering a minor and having an unsecured firearm at the home.