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Born Lontrell Dennell Williams Jr, Pooh Shiesty worked independently in the hip hop game before signing with Gucci Mane’s 1017 record label in April of 2020.  Williams’s desire for a rap career began in his teenage years. After moving from Memphis to Texas, he gained local notoriety for his feature on K Carbon’s remix to Three Six Mafia’s “Weak Azz Bitch.” He later moved back to Memphis, and decided to focus more on music. While in high school, he formed the rap group Choppa Gang. During his Choppa Gang years, he was able to sharpen his freestyling skills.After graduating high school, the Pooh Shiesty moniker hit the Internet. Starting in 2018, Williams independently released a number of singles under this rap alias, and he began to gain notoriety once again, but this time, it wasn’t confined to his local neighborhood, it was across the web. Shortly after the streams for one particular single, “Shiesty Summer,” began to reach millions, Gucci Mane reached out to Shiesty. Gucci went on to sign him to his 1017 label imprint through Atlantic Records. Shiesty was featured prominently on Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer, released in 2020, and has remained one of the most compelling rappers on the New 1017 roster ever since. Since his breakthrough, Pooh Shiesty has continued to release hits, including: “Monday to Sunday,” “Back in Blood,” “Guard Up,” and “Twerksum.” His debut album Shiesty Season was released in February of 2021 and earned gold status since its release. Image via Paras Griffin/Getty Images

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Kevin Abstract’s career began all the way back in the early 2010s when he was working with a group called AliveSinceForever, which would eventually disband in 2014 and become what is now known as Brockhampton. In the midst of Brockhampton’s formation, Abstract was working on his solo work and in 2014, he dropped his debut album, MTV1987. A couple of years later, Abstract came through with American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story which is an album that showcased Abstract’s vulnerable side as he spoke in-depth about his sexuality and how that translates to acceptance in hip-hop.Following these solo projects, Abstract enjoyed massive success with Brockhampton as the group dropped the Saturation series, as well as albums like Iridescence and Ginger. Brockhampton is now an international success and Abstract is seen as the face of the group. Fans continue to yearn for solo work from him and in 2019 he delivered with the ARIZONA baby project.It remains to be seen what’s in store for Abstract and the rest of Brockhampton but considering their early output, it’s clear that bright futures are ahead.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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