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Blac Youngsta’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro American rapper from Tennessee
A.K.A. Samuel Benson, Sammie Benson, Sam Benson, Samuel Marquez Benson
Is Musician 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Gender male
Birth 8 April 1990, Memphis, USA
Age: 30 years
Star sign Aries

Sammie Marquez Benson (born April 8, 1990), better known by his stage name Blac Youngsta, is an American rapper signed to Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group (also known as CMG), and its aegis, Epic Records. After a series of mixtapes upon being signed, the 2017 single “Hip Hopper” and 2018 single “Booty”, became the most notable, with the latter peaking at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both songs appear on his debut studio album, 2.23, which peaked at number 42 on the Billboard 200.

Early life

Sammie Marquez Benson was born on April 8, 1990 in McMillan Street, a poor area in the southside of Memphis, Tennessee. Benson and his younger brothers were raised by their grandparents. Despite both of his grandparents having jobs, they earned very little and struggled to put food on the table. Benson’s grandfather managed to get him a job at a local grocery store when he was just 7 years old, however, he was fired when the manager caught him placing fake orders to the store in order to take the food home for him and his brothers. After losing his job at the store, Benson began selling drugs and served numerous sentences in prison for drug and gun charges. In 2012, after serving a year in prison, Benson began hosting local block parties which made him locally popular in south Memphis. Shortly after, he began pursuing a career in music, releasing his debut mixtape Fast Bricks in 2012.

Career

Early career and signing to CMG (2012–2016)

Taking the stage name Blac Youngsta, Benson began taking a career in music more seriously in 2012, releasing three mixtapes as part of his Fast Bricks series, from 2012 to 2014.

His breakout song “Heavy” was released in 2015, and gained the attention of Yo Gotti, who appeared on the song’s remix and signed Blac Youngsta to his Collective Music Group label. Blac Youngsta’s first mixtape as a member of CMG, I Swear To God, was released on September 24, 2015, and featured guest appearances from Yo Gotti and Boosie Badazz.

In March 2016, Blac Youngsta released a mixtape titled Young & Reckless, followed by Fuck Everybody, released in September 2016, with features from Young Thug, Quavo, Jacquees and YFN Lucci.

Epic Records and major label debut (2017–present)

In February 2017, Blac Youngsta released Illuminati, his fourth mixtape as a member of CMG, with guest appearances from Kodak Black, Lil Yachty and Slim Jxmmi. After Blac Youngsta turned himself in for his involvement in a shooting targeted towards Yo Gotti’s longtime rival, Young Dolph, a “Free Blac Youngsta” grassroots movement was started, with fellow rapper Young Thug releasing a song of the same name on May 17, 2017. After his release, Blac Youngsta established his own label imprint under CMG, Heavy Camp, and released a mixtape titled, I’m Innocent, in June 2017, with guest appearances from Slim Jxmmi and Ty Dolla Sign. In December 2017, Blac Youngsta signed his first major label deal with Epic Records.

In February 2018, Youngsta released his debut studio album, 2.23, through Epic, with guest appearances from Lil Yachty, Travis Scott and French Montana. The album charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 42. The album also spawned the successful single “Booty”, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 73 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In August 2018, Blac Youngsta released a sequel to his 2016 mixtape, Fuck Everybody, with Fuck Everybody 2, featuring a sole guest appearance from Lil Pump, which also charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 63.

In May 2019, Blac Youngsta released his EP, Cut Up.

In August 2019, Blac Youngsta announced via Twitter that his second studio album will be called, Church on Sunday. In October 2019, Blac Youngsta also announced an international tour, of the same name, starting in November 2019 Church on Sunday was released at the end of the same month.

Heavy Camp

Heavy Camp is a record label imprint under Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group (CMG) founded by Blac Youngsta. The current president of the label is Melissa Keklak.

Current artists

  • Yung Money
  • Lil Migo

Personal life

Legal issues

On January 8, 2016, Police were called to a Wells Fargo branch in downtown Atlanta, Georgia after Blac Youngsta withdrew $200,000 from his bank account in order to purchase a car. Workers allegedly believed Blac Youngsta was robbing the bank after he was seen leaving the bank with the money. Youngsta and his associates were released at the scene. Youngsta later accused the police and staff at the bank of racial profiling, claiming he was arrested for being “young and black”.

On May 16, 2017, Blac Youngsta surrendered himself to police on charges related to a shooting involving fellow Memphis rapper Young Dolph, in which Youngsta and his associates are alleged to have fired over 100 rounds into Young Dolph’s SUV. Blac Youngsta had maintained that he was innocent before turning himself in. He was released on bond the same day, charged with six counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and felony conspiracy. In May 2019, the charges were dropped.

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/HH

US Rap

2.23
  • Released: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Heavy Camp, Collective Music Group, Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download
42 22 17
Church on Sunday
  • Released: November 29, 2019
  • Label: Heavy Camp, Collective Music Group, Epic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
91

Mixtapes

Title Details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/HH

Fast Bricks
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Unknown
  • Format: Digital download
Fast Bricks 2
  • Released: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Mob Ova Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Fast Bricks 3
  • Released: July 1, 2014
  • Label: Mob Ova Entertainment, Cartune Netwerk
  • Format: Digital download
I Swear to God
  • Released: September 24, 2015
  • Label: Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Young & Reckless
  • Released: March 16, 2016
  • Label: Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Fuck Everybody
  • Released: September 8, 2016
  • Label: Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Illuminati
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Can’t Fake The Real
(with DaBoyDame & Mozzy)
  • Released: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Play Too Much Entertainment, Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
I’m Innocent
  • Released: June 9, 2017
  • Label: Heavy Camp, Collective Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
Fuck Everybody 2
  • Released: August 31, 2018
  • Label: Heavy Camp, Collective Music Group, Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download
63 32
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

Title Details
Cut Up
  • Released: May 3, 2019
  • Label: Heavy Camp, Collective Music Group, Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B/HH
“Heavy”
(featuring Yo Gotti)
2015 Non-album singles
“Beat It”
(featuring Rich Homie Quan)
2016
“Hip Hopper”
(featuring Lil Yachty)
2017
  • RIAA: Gold
Illuminati / 2.23
“Birthday” I’m Innocent
“Booty” 73 35
  • RIAA: Gold
I’m Innocent / 2.23
“Cut Up” 2019 Non-album singles
“Lay Down”
“Court Tomorrow” Church On Sunday
“Cut Up (Remix)”
(featuring Tory Lanez & G-Eazy)
“Like a Pro”
(featuring DaBaby)
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Album
“Wait for It”
(Yo Gotti featuring Blac Youngsta)
2016 Non-album singles
“YNS”
(YG featuring Blac Youngsta & YFN Lucci)
2017
“Goal Line”
(T-Pain featuring Blac Youngsta)
Oblivion
“Sumn”
(Lil Bibby featuring Blac Youngsta)
Non-album singles
“Drop”
(G-Eazy featuring Blac Youngsta & BlocBoy JB)
2018
“Run It Up”
(DDG featuring YBN Nahmir, G Herbo & Blac Youngsta)
“Blac Money”
(Moneybagg Yo featuring Blac Youngsta)
2019 43va Heartless

Awards and nominations

ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 “Booty” Award Winning R&B/Hip Hop Songs Won

Tours

Headlining

  • I Swear to God Tour (2015)
  • Young & Reckless Tour (2016)
  • I’m Innocent Tour (2017)
  • Pull Up Tour (2018)
  • Church on Sunday International Tour (2019)