Lil Scrappy is an American rapper who rose to prominence in 2006, thanks to his debut album released via Lil Jon’s BME Recordings. Even though he is mostly regarded as a musician, he is more popular as a television personality in recent times, thanks to his role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
Named Darryl Kevin Richardson II after he was born in 1984, Scrappy literally fought for his breakthrough. As the story goes, he was performing at a bar in Atlanta when a fight broke out and consequently led to his meeting with rapper and producer Lil Jon. The duo became friends and later, Jon signed him unto his newly found record label called Black Music Entertainment (BME). Scrappy quickly made himself known to Atlanta locales via the success of his mixtapes which featured the crunk gangster rap.
Details of Lil Scrappy’s Career Breakthrough and Musical Exploits
In December 2006, Lil Scrappy released his debut album “Bred 2 Die – Born 2 Live” under the BME label. The album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 and was preceded by the hit single “Money In The Bank”. The song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 500,000 copies to receive a gold certification from the RIAA. The success of the song saw it being featured in the video game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007. The album also produced two other less-successful singles, “Gangsta, Gangsta” and “Oh Yeah (Work)”.
The album had its highest peak position on the US Billboard Top Rap Albums at number 3 and reached number 5 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Within its first week of release, the album sold over 82,000 copies. It featured guests like Three 6 Mafia, Lloyd, 50 Cent, and more while its producers included Eminem and of course, Lil Jon.
His Debut Album Was His Ticket to Stardom
Scrappy’s debut album has been his most successful musical endeavor to date. For his follow-up effort, Scrappy changed management from BME to Los Angeles-based Real Talk Entertainment. His sophomore album titled Prince of the South was then released on May 13, 2008. It topped the Independent Albums chart and reached number 22 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. His next album, Prince of the South 2, was also independently released by the label in 2010.
In 2011, Scrappy briefly signed with Ludacris‘ Disturbing The Peace (DTP) label and released the single “She Bad”, but both parties parted ways before his next album could be released. Lil Scrappy then released his fourth studio album titled “The Grustle” (Combination of Grind and Hustle) in June 2012. The album couldn’t peak above 189 on the Billboard 200 and 72 on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It featured guest stars like 2 Chainz, Rasheeda, Kandi Burruss, and Twista. Lil Scrappy continues to make new music, though sporadically.
A Look at The Sources of His $900,000 Net Worth
Lil Scrappy has an estimated net worth put at $900,000. It is important to note, however, that his income isn’t all as a product of his music career alone. He was featured in the movie “Just Another Day” and has also made other television appearances.
With a rather dwindling success in his music career, Scrappy dabbled into the world of reality TV. He made his reality TV debut in the first season of VH1 hit show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta in 2012 and has since remained as a regular supporting cast. Lil Scrappy earns over $200,000 per season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
Given what he has accomplished as an entertainer, it has been expressed in certain quarters that the rapper ought to be richer than he is. It wouldn’t be wrong to assert that this is so because of some financial troubles he has faced. For instance, he once lost a legal battle against Heavy Rotation and was required to pay over $72,000. He didn’t do this and the money rose to over $108,000. A court had to grant Heavy Rotation a request to garnish his checks until the debt is paid up.
The Family Life of Lil Scrappy
The family life of this entertainer revolves around his mother, a sister named Jasmine Richardson, his wife, and two kids. His sister is fairly popular whereas his mom is well-known. She is an American actress and singer known by the stage name Momma Dee.
Lil Scrappy’s mother also appears as one of the supporting cast on the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta show. Dee who previously ran a brothel and sold drugs has an estimated net worth of $250,000. Her real name is Deborah Gaither and she is married to Ernest Bryant, who is Scrappy’s stepfather; nothing is known about his biological father.
Scrappy fathered a daughter named Emani Richardson with the main cast on the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta show, Erica Dixon, who left the show after the 4th season. In the second season, Dixon and Scrappy frequently had issues with child support payments while Scrappy briefly checked into rehab to get help and deal with marijuana addiction.
Scrappy popped the question to his co-star and on-and-off girlfriend Bambi Benson. The proposal was aired in the season 5 episode finale on August 8, 2016. Bambi Benson who made a guest appearance on the show’s 2nd season is an urban model, video vixen, and upcoming rapper. They got married on the 8th of September 2017 and the union has been blessed with a son named Breland.
Is He Gay? Why People Think He Is
Judging from the foregoing about his family life, it is easy to conclude that Scrappy is not gay. But then, there was a time people questioned his sexual orientation; this was because of a reported headline where he urged people who are gay to embrace their identity.
The headline proved to be quite misleading as in a factual report, it was detailed that the rapper was ultimately contending that homosexuality, especially with those who are keeping it a secret, is a major factor aiding the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In 2015, Scrappy who claims he’s got no issues with gay or bisexual people provided they were not pretentious about it came hard on Bruce Jenner (Caitlyn Jenner). According to him, Jenner’s transition was a “racist situation”.He claimed that if Jenner is a black man, he wouldn’t have gotten the same kind of acceptance Caitlyn received.