Popular for his eccentric delivery and unconventional fashion sense, Young Thug is an Atlanta-born rapper highly regarded as one of the most influential rap artists of his generation. On multiple times, he has collaborated with many big names in the musical world to release hits that have sold millions of copies globally. Thus far in his career, Thug has featured in over 45 songs and released multiple mixtapes and an album, building up a net worth of 8 million as of 2020.
He has equally upgraded his wealth status from cuts as the record producer of well-to-do music artists such as Gunna. His fame as one of the fan-favorites of trap music genre enthusiasts has also landed the music sensation endorsement deals, mostly from renowned fashion brands. Through his successful efforts in music and business sector as well, Thugger’s net worth has experienced an upward trajectory over the years.
Before The Release Of His Debut Studio Album, Young Thug Had Accrued a 7-Figure Net Worth
Young Thug (aka Jeffery Lamar Williams) first gained attention as a rapper in his late teens when he featured in TruRoyal’s single ‘she Can Go’. Between 2011 and 2012, he dropped many mixtapes namely; ‘I came from Nothing’, ‘I Came from Nothing 2’, and ‘I Came from Nothing 3’. This led him to the path of great success and fame, though they never spawned chart-topping songs.
Later in February 2013, he dropped ‘1017 Thug’, a fourth mixtape that was acclaimed by music critics and also, was no stranger to the 2013 year-end lists, as it made a slew of them. Releasing his debut single ‘Stoner’ in October of the same year, Thugger, as he is fondly called by his fans had his career breakthrough with the song which became an instant hit. It peaked at No. 4 on the US Rap Songs chart and No. 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold over 500 copies in the United States, gaining a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The famed rapper then dropped his first commercial mixtape in April 2015 under 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The mixtape peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It recorded first week sales of over 17,000 copies and produced a commercially successful track titled ‘Check’ which sold over a million copies in the United States and equally gained gold certification from Music Canada.
Young Thug subsequently built his net worth when he entered the era of the ‘Slime Season’ mixtape series after releasing its first installment in September 2015. Although the mixtape didn’t fare well on the music charts, it produced smash song ‘Best Friend’ that charted at No. 45 on Hot 100 and No. 9 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, selling more than one million copies in the US. Afterwards, Thugger dominated the music scene with the release of three commercial and chart-topping mixtapes titled ‘I’m Up’, ‘Slime Season 3’, and ‘Jeffery’ in the year 2016.
The first release charted at No. 22 on Billboard 200 while the latter two clinched the No. 7 and No. 8 spots respectively. At this point in his career, Young Thug’s net worth was estimated at $3.7 million, as the talented rapper made over $2 million from the release of ‘Pick Up the Phone’ with Travis Scott feat. Quavo, though he shared the profit with the record label and music distributors. The hit song recorded sales of more than 2 million copies in the US and equally gained platinum certification in Canada and Silver in the United Kingdom.
Thugger’s Net Worth Milestones
Year Net Worth
- 2011 $15.7 k
- 2012 $39.9 k
- 2013 $539.9 k
- 2014 $1.49 million
- 2015 $2.35 million
- 2016 $3.73 million
- 2020 $8 million
He Had Incredible Success With So Much Fun
Following the release of two mixtapes – ‘Super Slimey’ with Future and ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ in 2017, Thug finally dropped his much-awaited studio album ‘So Much Fun’ in August 2019. As expected, the album debuted atop US Billboard 200, US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as well as US Rap Albums chart. It also peaked at No. 1 in Canada and became a top ten chart-topper in countries such as New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Emerging as the rapper’s first US number-one album, ‘So Much Fun’ sold 131,000 album-equivalent units in its first week and eventually sold more than one million units of combined sales and album-equivalent copies in the United States in 2020. It spawned singles which also fared well in the market, as well as on music charts and they include ‘London’ feat. J. Cole and Travis Scott and ‘Hot’ featuring Gunna.
The former peaked at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It sold over three million copies in the United States, over 400,000 copies in the UK, and over 160,000 copies in Canada, thus, augmenting Young Thug’s net worth. More so, the album’s single ‘Hot’ peaked at No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100 and atop US Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart. It recorded sales of over a million copies in the United States and hence, was certified platinum by the RIAA.
In 2020, Young Thug further dropped another commercial mixtape with Chris Brown titled ‘Slime & B’ that spawned the platinum-certified single ‘Go Crazy’. Having had several years of exponential growth in his annual earnings following the release of hit songs and album, it’s no surprise that Thugger has amassed enormous wealth from his music career.
Here’s a recap of his album/best songs along with their year of release, number of sales in the US and charts on Billboard;
Album Billboard 200
- So Much Fun (2019) – sold over 1 million copies 1
Songs Billboard Hot 100
- Check (2015) – sold over 1 million copies 100
- Best Friend (2015) – sold over 1 million copies 45
- Pick Up the Phone (2016) – sold over 2 million copies 43
- London (2019) – sold over 3 million copies 12
- Hot (2019) – sold over 1 million copies 11
- Go Crazy (2020) – sold over 1 million copies 9
The Rapper Has Garnered Mainstream Fame And Impressive Fortune As a Featured Artist
Even though it’s still uncertain how much the ‘London’ rapper rakes in from featuring in the songs of other artists, he surely has made bank as a featured artist, as he has over 45 song credits under his belt. In 2014, Thug was featured by Tyga in ‘Hookah’ and the single peaked at No. 85 on US Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than one million copies in the US.
In the same year, he featured in T. I’s ‘About the Money’, RIAA certified gold single, as well as ‘Lifestyle’ by Rich Gang that recorded sales of over one million units in the US. He further featured in Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Throw Sum Mo’ alongside Nicki Minaj and the single was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. He then had his first No. 1 single in the year 2017 when he was featured by Camila Cabello in her smash song ‘Havanna’.
The single debuted atop US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. It equally sold more than 9 million copies in the US, over 1.8 million copies in the United Kingdom, and over 1 million copies in Germany. It has since surpassed one billion streams on Spotify and emerged as the best-selling digital single of the year 2017. In like manner, Young Thug had another Billboard No. 1 single in September 2020 when he was featured alongside M.I.A in Travis Scott’s single ‘Franchise’.
The hit song debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and US Rap Songs chart. It recorded sales of 98,000 copies in its first week with streams of about 19.4 million. Other music artists Young Thug has been associated with include Gucci Mane, Lil Yatchy, Usher, Wyclef Jean, Rick Ross, Calvin Harris, Post Malone, among others.
He Makes Bucks Of Dollars From Shows And Tours
In addition to making earnings from record sales, Young Thug has made vast wealth from shows, tours, concerts and sales of merchandise. During the Coronavirus lockdown, the Grammy Award-winning singer voiced out his loss of millions of dollars from cancelled shows. Although he gave an instance of earning up to $500,000 per show, sources claim that the Atlanta-born rap artist pockets between $65-$70 thousand per show.
In the year 2016, he was paid $50,000 for a performance in Texas which he failed to turn up, resulting in a lawsuit for damages. Similarly, in the next year, Thugger signed a deal with Nichola Fitts, valued at $55,000 to perform at a show which he eventually didn’t show up and was sued for $360 thousand damage claims. However, in early 2020, the eminent musician claimed to have racked up about $1.5 million for a 45-minute performance in a post he shared on Instagram.
If that appears to be his current earning per show, he must then be accumulating over $10 million annually only from shows and concerts, as he performs in not less than ten shows in a year. Coming to his music tours, there has been a paucity of information regarding how much he makes from tours. In May 2016, Young Thug embarked on Hi-Tunes tour featuring artists such as TM88, Dae Dae, and Rich The Kid as supporting acts.
He additionally bolstered his finances with the earning he made from performing at J. Cole’s KOD Tour in 2016 which gathered $26.9 million in revenue, as well as his performance at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2016 held at Barclays Center in New York City.
How Much Thugger Earns From His Business Ventures
Beyond being recognized as a rapper, Young Thug is a renowned record producer. He established his record label, YSL Records in Atalanta in 2010, as an imprint of 300 Entertainment. Some of his artists include Gunna, Strick, Lil Keed, HiDoraah, and T-Shyne. Through the success of the releases of these artists under the label, the ‘Pick Up the Phone’ rapper got to keep a cut that constantly reflects on his annual earnings which are reportedly over six figures.
Thugger also doubles up from YouTube revenues as his self-named YouTube channel which he launched in September 2013 has gathered more than 4.9 million subscribers. Ad revenue on YouTube is estimated around $7.60 for every 1,000 views and with Young Thug’s channel boasting over 2.7 billion views, the singer ought to have raked in more than $10 million as YouTube ad income.
Additionally, he is said to have earned more than $200,000 from his endorsement deals with top-notch fashion brands like Calvin Klein and Puma. In December 2019, Thug decided to spread his tentacles in the fashion world by launching a clothing label called SPIDER along with an online shop where the items are made available for purchase. Some of the SPIDER collection includes Denim jackets, sweats, turtlenecks, bucket hats, and leather accessories.
Other Of His Side Ventures
— SOHH (@sohh) February 3, 2020
Still building up his net worth through diverse means of livelihood, Young Thug in February 2020, was reported to have made a significant increase in his financial value from winning more than half a million dollars from a bet on the Super Bowl. He placed the bet on the Kansas City Chief to emerge victoriously over San Francisco 49ers that was assumed to be the winner of the big game.
Fortunately, for the singer, his gamble of $250,000 paid off as he recouped his money along with a profit of $370,000, having made away with $620k from the bet. Young Thug’s other sources of income include his record deals with labels such as 1017 Brick Squad Records and 300 Entertainment, though the financial details of the deals have not been disclosed. However, in 2014, it was speculated that Thug was offered a record deal valued at $8.5 million by Freebandz, Future’s record label which he presumably declined having opted for a management deal with Cash Money Records at the time.
He additionally signed a worldwide publishing deal with Reservoir in April 2018, granting the independent publisher rights to his entire catalog of musical works while boosting his net worth from the paychecks he receives from the remunerative deal.
Highlight Of Young Thug’s Revenue Streams
- Record deals
- Publishing deal
- Record sales
- Tours and concerts
- YouTube channel ads
- Endorsement deals
List Of His Business Ventures
- Record label owner
- Owner of SPIDER clothing brand
A Peek Into His Lavish Lifestyle Of Owning Expensive Cars and Homes
Undoubtedly, Young Thug loves to show off his riches. He often displays wads of cash, expensive cars and bling-bling on his social media handles. He is reported to have in his possession fleets of luxury cars that include Porsche valued at a price range of $49.9k-$293.2k, as well as a drop-top Maybach worth over $150,000.
Even though he has been seen on multiple occasions flying on a private jet, it’s still uncertain whether the influential rap artist is the owner of the jet or it’s being hired. Considering the price range for hiring a private jet stated as $1300-$3000 per flying hour for a smaller jet and $4000-$8000 per flying hour for a mid-size jet, Young Thug ought to be spending thousands of dollars annually, if not millions going by the option of hiring, as he mostly prefers flying to shows and tours on private jets.
Regarding his real estate investments, it’s only known that the award-winning rapper purchased 11,000 square feet mansion in Atlanta for $2.7 million in the year 2016. The house features 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom, four-car garage, a full bar and a theater room. Having originally listed the house for $3 million in 2019, Thugger eventually sold it for $1.8 million after it sat on the market for many months, incurring a loss of about $950,000 from the sale.