In case you’e been living under a rock these past few years, Gunna has arrived. From billboard charting song such as “Lemonade” and “Drip Too Hard” to his sense of fashion, Gunna has inserted himself in the middle of mainstream music and culture conversations. The rise of Gunna has been tremendous, from gaining traction following the release of his mixtape Drip Season 2 and opening up on tour for Playboi Carti to outselling The Weeknd in half a decade. The South Atlanta native has cemented himself as the successor of the man that put him in the game, Young Thug. With the recent success of Gunna’s latest album DS4EVER (selling 150,000 units first week), he has officially leap frogged over Young Thug’s biggest first week numbers (131,000 first week units with his highly acclaimed 2019 album, So Much Fun). It feels weird to say, but from a mainstream standpoint Gunna is bigger than Young Thug ever has been. This is a testament to the character and level of executive Young Thug is, to pass the rock to his mans and not bat an eye. Thug is one of the best executives in the game because of his selflessness, understanding that he is a superstar in his own right. The proof is in their YSL collective album Slime Language 2 selling over 100,000 units first week and taking over the Billboard chart en route to a number one album in the country.

Gunna sold huge numbers with DS4EVER, and the music is resonating. Tracks such as “Pushin P” featuring Young Thug and Future, “P Power” featuring Drake, “living wild”, and many other songs have been in rotation since the project came out. 150K first week cements Gunna as one of the biggest rappers of his generation (if “P Power” comes out with the album the numbers creep even closer to 200K first week). His Atlanta counterparts for instance, 21 Savage and Lil Baby, sold 171K and 197K first week respectively. Numbers ain’t everything though, Gunna can really rap. He possesses one of the best flows in the game while having an elite ear for production from his superstar producer friends in Metro Boomin’, Wheezy, Taurus, and others. Gunna’s got the catalog, the numbers, the ability, and the personality to cement himself as one of the major artist of the 2020s. If rappers were stocks, Gunna’s stock would be a great investment. The next time you bring up who’s the best young rapper and start arguing with your friends over Lil Baby, Kodak, NBA Youngboy and others… make sure Gunna’s name gets brought up in that conversation.