With pummeling flows, versatility and unrelenting energy, NLE Choppa is one of the most successful Memphis rappers of his generation. Since emerging with his debut single "No Love Anthem" in 2018, he's built his fan base with propulsive rhymes, street raps and a whole lot of aggression. His breakout came when he released "Shotta Flow," a hammering single with a jumpy flow and barrel-chested confidence. He further crystallized his star status was the video, which sees him gripping a chopper while dancing. From there, his buzz only increased, with his 2020 project, Top Shotta, debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as tracks like "Walk Em Down" and "Shotta Flow 5" landed in the top 40 for the Billboard Hot 100.
The same year, he was named a 2020 XXL Freshman. Between then and 2023, he unloaded more projects like From Dark to Light, Me Vs. Me and Cottonwood 2, the latter being a sequel to his 2019 EP, Cottonwood. Featuring a variety of features and song structures, Cottonwood 2 includes "Slut Me Out," a Sexxy Red-assisted track that marked his highest-charting single to date, landing at No. 28 on the Hot 100. Since debuting five years ago, Choppa has dropped seven projects, but he's become just as well known for his activities outside of rap, jumping into a side job as a herbalist while starting a YouTube channel promoting his healthy lifestyle. All of these factors have made him one of the most indelible artists of his era.