Artist of the Week: Lil Pump

A self-proclaimed 'Trapper of the Century', the Florida-born rapper has a Hot 100 hit with the shortest track in the chart in 42 years.

AceShowbiz - Confidence is the key to Lil Pump's success. With his wild fashion sense and endlessly repeatable lyrics, the Florida-born rapper started gaining attention when he uploaded his songs to music sharing website SoundCloud in 2016. His debut single "Lil Pump" was followed with the songs "Elementary", "Ignorant", "Gang S**t" and "Drum$tick", which have each individually earned over three million streams.

Together with fellow Miami rapper Smokepurpp, the 17-year-old whose real name is Gazzy Garcia co-headlined the "No Jumper" tour in 2016 and also performed at the Rolling Loud Festival. His popularity rose in 2017 after releasing singles "D Rose" and "Boss", which have a combined 70 million streams on SoundCloud. He then filmed a music video for "D Rose" with Chicago-based director Cole Bennett producing it. The video has gained 92 million views since it was released 10 months ago.

In July, Lil Pump announced he would release his debut album in August. But instead of the said debut album, he released the song "Gucci Song" that month. The song peaked at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 in November. At just 2:04 in length, "Gucci Gang" is the shortest title to hit the Hot 100's top 10 in 42 years since Dickie Goodman's "Mr. Jaws" (at 2:03 in length) reached No. 4 on October 11, 1975.

Not only received well domestically, but also the song charted well in several other countries, including Australia, Canada and the U.K.

Lil Pump eventually released his debut commercial mixtape "Lil Pump" on October 6. Featuring collaborations with Smokepurpp, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Chief Keef, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz, it successfully broke through the top 10 of Billboard 200. It peaked at No. 3 on the chart. Additionally, "Back" feat. Lil Yacthy and "Iced Out" feat. 2 Chainz have since become his other charted songs.

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