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Artist’s Spotlight: Gunna

Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, known professionally as Gunna, is an American rapper. He was signed to Young Thug’s record label YSL Records in 2015 through a mutual friend, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records.

On October 14, 2016, Gunna released his debut mixtape ‘Drip Season’ through YSL Records. It featured members from YSL, such as Young Thug, Lil Duke, and Nechie.  He released another mixtape ‘Drip Season 2’ on May 11, 2017. It featured many popular Atlanta and YSL artists such as Young Thug, Playboi Carti, and Offset.

On February 2, 2018, Gunna released the commercial mixtape ‘Drip Season 3’. It featured notable guest appearances from Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Lil Durk, Nav, Metro Boomin, and Lil Yachty, while the deluxe edition featured additional appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Young Jordan, Young Thug, and Lil Baby. The regular and deluxe editions were simultaneously released together.

On February 1, 2019, Gunna released the single “One Call”, which was certified Platinum and serves as the lead single off his debut studio album, ‘Drip or Drown 2’. On February 11, he released the second and final single, “Speed It Up”. The album was released on February 22, featuring guest appearances from fellow Atlanta rappers Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti, and charted at number three on the Billboard 200 Chart.

On March 6, 2020, he released “Skybox”, the lead single off of his second studio album, ‘Wunna’. It was released with an accompanying music video. On May 22, Gunna released the album which featured guest appearances from Young Thug, Nechie, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and Travis Scott. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his first number one album. On July 24, 2020, he released the deluxe edition, with eight more songs, featuring additional guest appearances from Yak Gotti, Future, Nav, and Lil Uzi Vert.

On January 7, 2022, Gunna released his third studio album, ‘DS4Ever’, which is the fourth and final installment in his ‘Drip Season series. The album features guest appearances from Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Drake, Kodak Black, Chloe, Lil Baby, G Herbo , Nechie, Chris Brown, Yung Bleu, and Roddy Ricch.

Ivan Walker
Ivan Walker is a Senior Mass Communications major from Isola, Mississippi. He will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2021-2022 school year.

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