Yella Beezy is an American rapper from Dallas who is best known for his songs such as 'That’s on Me', 'Up One', 'What I Did', and 'Bacc at it Again'. He dropped a bunch of mixtapes as a teenager and gained attention following the release of the track 'Trap in Designer' from his third mixtape 'Lite Work' in late 2016. He next earned fame for the singles 'That’s on Me' and 'Up One', both of which featured on his debut album 'Ain't No Goin' Bacc', released in 2018 from Hitco Entertainment. He maintains that he is very much an independent artist and is not signed to any label, rather has been exclusively licensed by Hitco. He has performed opening acts for artists like Jay Z and Beyonce. He survived a deadly shooting attack in October 2018, but has since then resumed his performances and recording.
Rise to Stardom
As a boy, Yella Beezy was influenced by Cash Money, Kevin Gates and Boosie Badazz. He began writing lyrics on his own at the age of 9, and released his debut mixtape, 'Mash Mode Overload', when he was 14. It took him a long time to prepare his second mixtape, 'Lil Yella Mane', which was released in November 2012. His third mixtape, 'Lite Work', featuring breakthrough hits like 'Trap in Designer' and 'Going Through Some Thangs', was released via Pressplay Entertainment Group in October 2016. This was quickly followed by his next tape, 'Broke Nights Rich Days', in February 2017. However, it is the track 'That’s On Me', the lead single from his mixtape 'Lite Work Vol. 2', that made him a star overnight in late 2017. Featuring guests like G$ Lil Ronnie, Sir Rec, Go Yayo, and Trapboy Freddy, the song peaked at #69 on the 'Billboard Hot 100' chart and has been viewed 122 million times on YouTube. The remix video of his song 'Up One', featuring Lil Baby, was viewed over 40 million times within a few months. Following such success, he got the opportunity to open for Jay Z and Beyonce twice, for the Arlington and Houston legs of their OTR II tour. He subsequently performed 'That’s On Me' at the 'BET Hip-Hop Awards' in October 2018. He is currently working on music videos for his debut album 'Ain’t No Goin’ Bacc' as an exclusive licensee of L.A. Reid's Hitco Entertainment.
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Controversies & Scandals
Within a few months after he made a name for himself in the hip-hop field, Yella Beezy, while on his way home from a nightclub, was shot three times after a car pulled up alongside his car and a miscreant fired more than a dozen shots at his car. The incident happened at the early hours of Sunday, October 14, 2018, on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville, Texas. He was found wounded in his car along State Highway 121 by the police that morning and was rushed to the nearest hospital. By the time he reached the hospital, he still had two bullets inside him, which had punctured his lung and injured his elbow. He required surgery, as well as physical therapy, before he was released 10 days later on October 24, 2018. The police later reported that the investigation was officially suspended because Beezy did not cooperate with them, following which he told reporters that he doesn't talk to the police unless it is an emergency, adding that he talked to them during the time they took him to the hospital. As a result, it is still not clear what the motive was behind the attack, but some feel that it was in retaliation for the death of comedian Roylee Pate because they were sworn enemies. He returned to the stage very quickly after the attack, performing at least once a week, sometimes wearing a sling onstage.
Family & Personal Life
Yella Beezy, real name Deandre Conway, was born on October 21, 1991, in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, United States. He had a rough childhood growing up as his father died when he was only 12, and his mother lost her job when he was 15. He was raised by his mother and step-father, but had to hustle at a very young age to support the family. He also changed schools frequently and eventually dropped out without completing graduation.
Yella Beezy has been involved in a relationship since he was in high school, and they welcomed a son named MJ in January 2018. According to some reports, the couple has since then parted ways as the identity of the mother of his child is not known. However, he was recently seen celebrating his son's birthday with a woman named D’Andrea Harris, who owns the wig selling company Dhair Boutique.