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 U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and other songs such as "D Rose" and "Boss". The song Gucci Gang is certified platinum. He released his debut studio album, Lil Pump, on October 6, 2017. He has subsequently released songs including "iShyne", "Designer", "Esskeetit" and "Welcome to the Party", which debuted on Deadpool 2's soundtrack.
Lil Pump in 2018
|Birth name||Gazzy Garcia|
|Born|| August 17, 2000
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Gazzy Garcia was born on August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida to Colombian parents. He grew up in Miami Gardens. Lil Pump had been listening to rap songs before he got into free styling and looked up to artists like Chief Keef, Lil B and Fredo Santana. His mother and father were born and raised in Colombia and immigrated to the United States before he was born. His mother moved to Florida shortly after she gave birth to Gazzy's older brother in Colombia. Lil Pump got into serious trouble back in middle school while listening to the track "Don't Like" by Chief Keef, and a girl started to bother him for it by putting gum in his hair. He reacted by beating her up.
When Garcia was 13 years old, his cousin introduced him to Omar Pineiro, better known as Smokepurpp; the two eventually became collaborators. Lil Pump 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.
Lil Pump is a project that confirms its creator's arrival and his place as one of the leading men in the SoundCloud rap scene.