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The south Memphis native, Sam Benson, was born into a poor family supported primarily by his grandmother’s social security checks and his grandfather’s lawn mowing business. His grandfather even managed to set him up with a job at the local grocery store when he was just seven years old; at this job, he remembers placing fake orders in the hopes that his boss will let him take them home when no one arrives to pick them up. He was eventually caught and fired from his job at the grocery store. It wasn’t long after that he decided to sell drugs to make more money on the streets. While in and out of prison for gun and drug related charges, Blac Youngsta committed to getting serious about launching his rap career. In 2011, Youngsta hosted parties to honor the memory of the late King Craddy, a neighborhood youth who was tragically murdered. His music career began with mixtapes, notably the Fast Brick series, which debuted in 2012. Yo Gotti recognized Youngsta's talent and signed him to his Collective Music Group (CMG) in 2015. Under CMG, Youngsta released mixtapes like I Swear to God, Young & Reckless, and F*ck Everybody, all within the span of 2016. He also launched Heavy Camp, his own label imprint operating within CMG. Youngsta then made a transition to the major label Epic Records in 2017. On May 16, 2017, Blac Youngsta turned himself in to the police in connection with a shooting incident involving fellow Memphis rapper Young Dolph. Allegedly, Youngsta and his associates fired over 100 rounds into Young Dolph's SUV. Blac Youngsta asserted his innocence before surrendering. He was released on bond the same day, facing six counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and felony conspiracy. The charges against him were later dropped. The subsequent year saw the release of his full-length album, 2.23, and mixtape Fck Everybody 2, both of which secured spots in the upper echelons of the Billboard 200. The track "Booty", reached number 35 on the R&B/hip-hop chart and crossed over into the Hot 100, with a remix featuring Chris Brown, Jeezy, and Trey Songz. In 2019, Youngsta returned with the three-song Cut Up EP and his second full-length album, Church on Sunday. September 2020 brought the mixtape Code Red, a collaborative project with Moneybagg Yo, featuring tracks with Yo Gotti, 42 Dugg, DaBaby, and more. Following the third installment of his F*ck Everybody mixtape series, Youngsta dropped his third studio album, 4LIFE, in May 2022, featuring guest appearances from Pooh Shiesty, 21 Savage, and Luh Kel. Always hustling, he continued his high output in 2023 with mixtapes like Bank Appointment, Blac Sheep, and Blac Sheep 2. His latest release of 2024, Blac Youngsta Presents: Heavy Camp, Checkmate features tracks with Lil Migo, Trapionn, and Cy Yung. Blac Youngsta will continue to channel his experiences of growing up poor and hustling in the streets of Memphis then turning into a successful rapper into new music.

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