|Real Name:||Gary Maurice "Joyner" Lucas Jr.|
|Birthday:||August 17, 1988|
|Net Worth:||$1 million|
|Occupation:||American Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Poet, Actor|
Gary Maurice Joyner Lucas is an American rapper, singer, record producer, poet, and actor. There are no limits to this man’s talents. Born in 1988, he got his first taste of international stardom in 2016. At the time, he released his single Ross Capicchioni. That is still his most famous song.
The rapper released a couple of mixtapes so far. In 2017, he released his fourth mixtape and the first for a major label. He had a deal with Atlantic Records but announced his departure from the label in 2018.
His video for the single “I’m Not Racist” went viral thanks to YouTube. He gained critical acclaim. As of 2020, Joyner Lucas’s cash flow is close to $1 million.
Career Ups and Downs
His biggest talent is remixing popular hip hop songs. He started recording under the name G-Storm. But in 2007, he changed his name, using the moniker Future Joyner. At the time, he worked with his uncle, Cyrus tha Great. The two formed a group called Film Skool Rejects and released their first mixtape Workprint:The Greatest Mixtape of All Time.
Lucas even released his first solo mixtape under the name Future Joyner. Titled Listen 2 Me, the mixtape had average results.
After the rapper Future came to prominence, Lucas decided to change his name again. He dropped the Future from his moniker and continued as Joyner Lucas.
With his new name, he released an album titled LFO’s, short for Low Frequency Oscillators. This was in 2013. Two years later, he released a new mixtape, Along Came Joyner. This mixtape contained his best hit, Ross Capicchioni. Following the success of the song, he got featured in the 201 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
In 2017, he signed a deal with Atlantic Records. He released his fourth mixtape through Atlantic. It was also his first through a major label. Titled 508-507-2209, the mixtape contained the highly successful track I’m Sorry.
The music video for the song amassed more than 40 million views. In 2017, he released his I’m Not Racist single. This song gained worldwide attention.
When he uploaded the song to YouTube, Joyner quickly amassed millions of views. As of today, the song has more than 140 million views. Critics wrote the track highlighted the necessity of conversation about races. Others, yet, claimed it was cliché and cheesy.
The controversial song is about race and society. Lucas talks about race relations from the perspective of a white man and a black man. The video for the song got nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Music Video. Yet, Joyner lost the award to Childish Gambino and his video “This is America”.
In 2018, he announced a new project, the album titled Angels & Demons. He worked with Chris Brown on the project. The duo released the lead single Stranger Things, and then an accompanying music video. They released two more singles, I don’t Die and Just Let Go before releasing the full album.
In 2018, Joyner announced his departure from Atlantic Records. He also said he got forced to cancel shows of the “I’m kinda a Big Deal” tour in Australia and Europe. He cited hoarseness and laryngitis as the reason why.
By the end of 2018, Lucas announced his debut studio album titled ADHD. The first single, I Love, hit the charts by the end of October.
Lucas cites Eminem as his biggest influence. In 2019, he got an opportunity to work with his idol. The two collaborated on Eminem’s song, Lucky You.
Another big influence for him is Will Smith. The two will release a remix of the song Will in 2020.
Awards and Achievements
As we said before, Joyner Lucas got a few Grammy nominations. He got two under his belt. His song I’m Not Racist got nominated for Best Music Video. And his collaboration with Eminem, Lucky You, got nominated for the best rap song.
He didn’t win the award.
Joyner Lucas’s cash flow is close to $1 million. He earns most of his money through social media, mainly YouTube. Joyner has more than 4 million subscribers on the platform. So far, his videos accumulated more than 920 million views.
Statistics show he earns between $300,000 and $500,000 per year.
Joyner keeps his life private. He doesn’t share many details. We know that he is not married. But we also know he has a son named Joyner Messiah Lucas. Carmen Julissa Ayala is the mother of the child. The two had an on and off relationship.
In his song Forever, Joyner tells the story of his son’s conception. Lucas references his son in many other songs as well.
He got diagnosed with ADHD as a child. This is where the title of the album comes from. When he was young, his parents made him feel like “he was not normal and treated him differently as a result”.