Who Is Yo Gotti?
Mario Sentell Giden Mims, better known by his stage name Yo Gotti, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Yo Gotti rose to the limelight courtesy of his debut album titled ‘Youngsta’s On a Come Up,’ which he released in 1996 under the alias Lil Yo.
The rapper has since released eleven more studio albums and a series of mixtapes. Three of his albums have since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
|Full Name:||Mario Sentell Giden Mims|
|Popular Name:||Yo Gotti|
|Birth Date:||May 19, 1981|
|Siblings:||Anthony Mims and Robin Mims|
|Birth Place:||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Education:||Southwest Tennessee Community College – Union Avenue Campus|
|Marital Status:||In a relationship with Jammie Moses. Previously married to Lakeisha Mims (from 1989 until their separation at an unspecified date)|
|Children:||6, including 3 with former wife Lakeisha Mims and 3 with Jammie Moses|
|Net Worth:||USD 6 million (as of March 1, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapping, Singing, Songwriting, Endorsement Deals and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 7″ (1.7 m)|
|Weight:||63 kg; In pounds: 139 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Mario Sentell Giden Mims was born on May 19, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to a gym instructor of Zimbabwe origin and a homemaker of South African origin.
Mims grew up in a crime-ridden neighborhood. When he was in third grade, his family’s home was raided by federal agents on suspicion of drug peddling and illegal firearm possession. The raid resulted in the arrest and incarceration of many of his family members, with some receiving a jail term of up to 15 years.
After his family began to disintegrate, Mario found himself having to fend for himself. He also found himself drawn to the life of crime. However, he decided to gravitate towards music at the age of 14 years.
In 1996, Yo Gotti released his debut album titled ‘Youngsta’s On a Come Up’ under the stage name Lil Yo. His second album, titled ‘From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game,’ was released in 2000, and then ‘Self-Explanatory’ followed a year later.
Yo Gotti has since released nine more studio albums, namely:
• Life (2003)
• Back 2 da Basics (2006)
• Live from the Kitchen (2012)
• I Am (2013)
• The Art of Hustle (2016)
• I Still Am (2017)
• Untrapped (2020)
• Cocaine Muzik 10 The World Is Yours Pt II (2021)
• CMG Chapter 2 (2021)
In addition to his solo music career, Yo Gotti is also associated with a record company known as the Collective Music Group (CMG), formerly known as Cocaine Muzik Group. Gotti founded the company and currently serves as its CEO.
Some of CMG’s current artists include:
• Moneybagg Yo
• Blac Youngsta
• Big Boogie
• Kush money
• 42 Dugg
• EST Gee
Yo Gotti’s Net Worth
Yo Gotti has amassed a net worth of $6 million for the over two-and-a-half decades he has been in the rapping industry. Much of Gotti’s wealth comes from music-related ventures, including rapping, singing, and songwriting.
The following are some of his most commercially successful projects so far:
• The single “ 5 Star” from the album ‘Live From The Kitchen’ (released on May 20, 2009) – Peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, as well as #19 on the U.S R&B Chart and #11 on the U.S Rap Chart
• The single “Women Lie, Men Lie” featuring Lil Wayne, from the album ‘Live From The Kitchen’ (released on December 11, 2009) – Peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, as well as #22 on the U.S R&B Chart and #12 on the U.S Rap Chart
• The single “Look In the Mirror” from the album ‘Live From The Kitchen’ (released on July 27, 2010) – Peaked at #97 on the U.S R&B Chart
• The album ‘Live From The Kitchen’ – Debuted at #12 on the US Billboard 200 and sold at least 16,000 copies in the United States during its first week
• The single “Act Right” featuring Young Jeezy and YG, from the album ‘I Am’ – Debuted at #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and #5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart
• The single “King Shit” featuring T.I., from the album ‘I Am’ (released on October 7, 2013) – The music video for the song was released on October 15, 2013 and went on to peak at number 5 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart
• The single “Down in the DM” featuring Nicki Minaj, from the album ‘The Art of Hustle’ – Peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100
• The album ‘The Art of Hustle’ – Peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200
• The lead single “Rake It Up” off the collaborative mixtape ‘Gotti Made-It’ (released on June 1, 2017) – Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100
In addition to record and album sales, a portion of Yo Gotti’s wealth also comes from endorsement deals. Some of the brands that the rapper has endorsed include Puma, Childplay Clothing, and Hood America
Lessons from Yo Gotti
1. Never give up on your dreams
Yo Gotti’s debut studio album came in 1996. Over the next few years, the rapper struggled to find his feet in the hip hop industry, and it was not until 2000 that he released his second album. However, Gotti never gave up even when doing so appeared to be the most convenient thing to do.
2. Collaborate with others
The rap industry can often be treacherous, and how fast you rise to the top pretty much comes down to your willingness to collaborate with others. Gotti understands this crucial lesson and has since collaborated with numerous artists like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Kanye West, and Travis Scott.
3. Keep your private life off the public limelight
Unlike many rappers, Yo Gotti doesn’t delight in displaying his private life for public scrutiny. That might explain why his separation from ex-wife Lakeisha Mims happened without a fanfare.
Famous Quotes by Yo Gotti
“As a street hustler, you’ve got to be smarter than everybody. You have to outsmart the police, you have to outsmart the people in competition with you, you have to outsmart all the opposition.”
“My key to surviving and winning is hustle. I think once you lose your hustle, you lost everything.”
“Some people just like to do their own thing. I ain’t sayin’ it’s wrong, but me, I wanna hustle with another hustler. I think two impactful hustlers, or three, or four, is a stronger force.”
“There’s nothing more valuable than your freedom in your life. When you’re in the streets you’re gambling with that 24/7. If you don’t know that you’re just flat out dumb to me.”
“You’re only as good as your team, so if your team’s strong around you, it just puts you in a greater position.”
Yo Gotti is an American rapper and songwriter who has been in the game since 1996. Although Gotti struggled to launch his music career, his determination eventually saw him emerge as one of the world’s most talented rappers. His current net worth is a staggering $6 million.