Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo brings grit and menace to his rhymes about street life. The prolific MC began releasing mixtapes in 2012, and became a regular fixture of the higher reaches of the Billboard 200 chart starting with his Top Five-charting Federal 3X in 2017.
Born Demario White, his earliest mixtapes, From da Block 2 da Booth and October 20th, both appeared in 2012. Following additional tapes such as 2015's Relentless and Federal, he began receiving more attention, and he won a Memphis Hip Hop Award for Mixtape of the Year. Released in 2016, Federal Reloaded featured Y Grizzle, Young Dolph, and OG Boo Dirty, while the follow-up, ELO (Everybody Lives On), included guests like Yo Gotti ("A Lot of 'Em") and Migos' Quavo ("Days n Nites"). His work with Yo Gotti continued on a joint effort entitled 2 Federal.