On this day, June 22, in hip-hop history…
1987: Cory Gunz celebrates his 26th birthday.
The Nick Cannon protégé first rose to prominence in 2010 when he signed a deal with Young Money off the strength of his mixtapes such as The Apprentice series, The Best Kept Secret and Heir To The Throne. Soon after, Gunz appeared on the Bangladesh-produced Lil Wayne single “6 Foot 7 Foot,” which went on to sell over 3 million copies. In 2011, he released his well-received mixtape Son of A Gun, and starred in an MTV reality show of the same name.
The YMCMB foot soldier is gearing up to release his new project Datz WTF I’m Talkin’ Bout on July 16. The mixtape will be his first in over two years; he was arrested in 2012 for possession of an unregistered loaded firearm, and had to delay the release of new music while he dealt with his legal troubles. With this mixtape debut, Cory hopes to find himself back on top of the game.
Happy birthday Cory Gunz!—Chris Mench