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Gazzy Garcia, known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, and songwriter. Garcia is known for his zealous public persona, where he is often portrayed taking drugs, particularly lean, and for a time, Xanax. He is also known for his hyper personality and for shouting his catchphrase "Esskeetit" ("let's get it") very loudly when in character. He can often be seen on social media destroying expensive items or urinating on money that can be up to $100,000.

Education/Early Life

Lil Pump attended Charles W. Flanagan High School.

Garcia was born August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida. In a 2018 interview with J. Cole, he stated that both of his parents are from Colombia and that they divorced when he was six years old. His mother moved to Miami after giving birth to his older half-brother.

When Garcia was thirteen years old, his cousin, Lil Ominous, introduced him to Omar Pineiro, better known as Smokepurpp; the two eventually became collaborators. Garcia and Piniero were expelled from multiple district schools. Garcia, thereafter, enrolled in an opportunity high school but was expelled in the tenth grade for fighting and inciting a riot.


Career beginnings (2016)

Garcia's rap career began when Smokepurpp produced a track and asked him to freestyle over it. The single produced was independently released in 2016 on the music streaming website SoundCloud, as his debut single, "Lil Pump". Garcia quickly followed the song with singles "Elementary", "Ignorant", "Gang Shit", and "Drum$tick", each garnering over three million streams. The success of his tracks on SoundCloud earned him recognition among the South Florida underground rap scene, in a style known as "SoundCloud rap". He co-headlined the No Jumper tour in 2016, and also performed at the Rolling Loud Festival.

Rising popularity and Lil Pump (2017)

Garcia began 2017 by releasing the singles "D Rose" and "Boss", which were major hits on SoundCloud, collecting a combined 70 million streams. The popularity of "D Rose" led to a music video being produced by Chicago based director Cole Bennett, also known as Lyrical Lemonade. The music video was released on YouTube on January 30, 2017, and has gained 145 million views as of July 2018. On June 9, 2017, Garcia signed a record deal with The Lights Global and Warner Bros. Records, just two months before his seventeenth birthday. However, in January 2018, his contract with Warner Bros. Records was voided because he had been a minor at the time of signing.

In July 2017, Garcia announced through Twitter that his debut album was in the works and would be released in August. Although the album was not released in August it was pushed back and he instead released the song "Gucci Gang", which became his first Billboard Hot 100 entry, peaking at number three on November 8, 2017. The song was certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on January 11, 2018 and as of July 31, 2018 is certified triple platinum.

On October 6, 2017, Garcia released his debut commercial studio album, Lil Pump, featuring Smokepurpp, Gucci ManeLil YachtyChief KeefRick Ross, and 2 Chainz.

Harverd Dropout (2018–2019)

Garcia released "I Shyne" on January 18, 2018 with producer Carnage. Following reports that he had left his former label Warner Bros. Records and the contract had been voided on the grounds of him being a minor when he signed, competition rose to sign Garcia with offers reportedly as high as $8 million to $12 million or more, and artists such as Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled taking interest in him. Garcia sparked rumors he had signed with Gucci Mane's imprint, 1017 Records, in February 2018. Nonetheless, Garcia re-signed another contract with Warner Bros. for $8 million on March 12, 2018.

On April 13, 2018, Garcia released "Esskeetit", which debuted and peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. In July 2018, he released the single "Drug Addicts" alongside a music video which features the award winning actor Charlie Sheen.

On September 7, 2018, Garcia collaborated with Kanye West and comedian Adele Givens for the track "I Love It". The track went straight to number 1 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Garcia announced in August 2018 a tour to promote his unreleased album Harvard Dropout, but it was cancelled a month later due to "unforeseen circumstances". On October 5, 2018, he released "Multi Millionaire" as a single featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

On October 25, 2018, dubstep producer Skrillex released the song "Arms Around You", which is a collaboration he made with Garcia, XXXTentacionMaluma and Swae Lee.

On December 16, 2018, Garcia was accused of being racist towards the Asian community after previewing a snippet of his new song "Butterfly Doors", the lyrics contained Asian stereotypes and slurs including "Ching chong" and "they call me Yao Ming cause my eyes real low" the lyric at which, Garcia mockingly pulls his eyes back. This caused a fair amount of negative press coverage and caused Chinese rappers to release diss tracks against him. On December 24, 2018, he uploaded an apology video on Instagram regarding the incident and later released the single with the offensive lyrics edited out.

On January 31, 2019, Garcia released the song "Racks on Racks" as a single, along with the music video.

On February, 21 2019, Garcia released the song "Be Like Me" featuring Lil Wayne. A music video featuring both of the artists was also released.