Are you familiar with American rap artist Foogiano? Depending on your particular taste in music, you might have heard every song he’s ever done or you may be scratching your head wondering who he is. Like a lot of rap artists, both he and his music have a story to tell. Here are 10 things about him that might make you want to go find one of his songs and take a listen for yourself.
1. His legal name is much less intriguing than his stage name
People think that the stage name Foogiano is a bit weird, but if you knew his given name, you might understand why he decided to go with something that would really stand out. After all, Kwame Khalil Brown doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it. It was something that he was never particularly fond of while growing up. When he got old enough and started working on his music, he decided it was time to change things for the better. He went with something that would stick in the mind of anyone who heard it and get people’s attention almost instantly. According to most, he definitely succeeded.
2. He’s only recently come on the scene
He only recently had his first hit with the song “Molly,” which came out late last year. As a result, he’s still a relatively new music act and not one that everybody is entirely familiar with, at least not yet. That said, the song did well enough that it ended up getting in the top 10 on the charts, something that is almost unheard of for someone who is just releasing their first track.
3. He’s been working on his music for years
It might seem like he’s something of an overnight success, but like most overnight successes, he’s actually been putting in the work for years and years. In fact, he’s been focusing almost exclusively on his hip hop music since 2014. It took him six years to get that first single out, and that’s an important fact that he doesn’t want people to forget. People don’t just succeed overnight. There is a great deal of time and effort that goes into perfecting one’s craft, something that he’s very quick to remind anyone of, if only they’re willing to listen.
4. He grew up in the wake of many challenges
Like a lot of individuals who grew up in Georgia, he didn’t have the best circumstances to deal with when he was a kid. He was in an area that saw a lot of crime and an equal amount of gang activity. A lot of his music reflects those themes over and over again. It was a challenging time that unquestionably taught him some habits that he probably would have been better off leaving behind. Unfortunately, that’s not always so easy to do, especially when you’ve grown up in that type of environment.
5. He was in a lot of legal trouble before discovering his music
Prior to discovering his music, he started to go down a path that could have potentially gotten him in a lot more trouble than it actually did. Even so, he still spent three years in jail as a result of robbery charges. In the early part of the 2000s, he was accused of breaking into someone’s house and stealing a large amount of property. It was a crime that he was eventually convicted of and one that he served jail time for, as previously mentioned.
6. He also ended up on the wrong side of the law along with his record label
That wasn’t his only run-in with the law, either. In 2020, he and the CEO of his record label, Gucci Mane, were named in a lawsuit as the direct result of a shooting that killed two people. To this day, there aren’t a lot of details released about this particular issue, nor is it known what role, if any, either individual actually played in the shooting itself. What is known is that both individuals were named in a wrongful death lawsuit and the rest still seems to be tied up for the lawyers to sort out.
7. He ended up in trouble for a third time and then upped the ante
Only three months later, he was arrested for a third time, this time for having a firearm. Being a convicted felon, he is not supposed to have firearms. He was subsequently arrested and told that he would have to wear an ankle monitor. Officials also told him that he would not be able to cross the state line, although he would have free reign to come and go as he pleased as long as he remained within the state of Georgia. This was not something that set well with him, as you will see in the next paragraph.
8. He considers himself something of a rebel
When he was told that he would have to wear an ankle monitor and that he couldn’t cross the state line, he responded by burning the ankle monitor off of his own skin, almost as a show of force. As far as he’s concerned, he was rebelling against a bureaucracy that is unfair, one that he believes targets people of both his ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The problem is, that violated a big condition of his sentencing and landed him in prison, as you will soon see.
9. He’s currently in prison
After he burned off his ankle monitor, he crossed the state line and went into Tennessee. In fact, he ended up on the run for three months before he was arrested by federal officials in that state. Thanks to his antics, he is now serving five years in prison, to which he was sentenced in May of this year.
10. He says it will give him time to work on his music
While he says that he certainly isn’t happy about being in prison, he also says that it will give him plenty of time to work on his rap songs and his music. There, he has no distractions. He also says that he plans on working on his music through his record label while still in prison, although nothing concrete has actually come of that yet.