Young Nudy and 21 Savage are two of the most prominent rappers from Atlanta, Georgia. They have collaborated on several songs, such as “Air It Out”, “EA” and “Since When”. But are they related by blood or just by music? Here’s what we know about their family ties and their careers.
Cousins from East Atlanta
Young Nudy, whose real name is Quantavious Tavario Thomas, was born on December 17, 1992, in East Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. He is the older brother of rapper PDE 4L Escobar and a cousin of fellow Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph.
According to Billboard, Young Nudy and 21 Savage grew up together in the same neighborhood, Zone 6, and have a close bond. Nudy said that they are like “Batman and Superman” and that they have a “completely opposite” style from each other.
Nudy started rapping in 2015, after appearing on 21 Savage’s song “Air It Out”. He then released his debut mixtape, Paradise 2 East Atlanta, with rapper Kourtney Money. In 2017, he released the sequel to his 2016 mixtape Slimeball, Slimeball 2, which featured artists Juicy J, Peso, 21 Savage and Kourtney Money. The mixtape’s lead single, “EA”, featured 21 Savage and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in October 2022.
Later that year, he released another mixtape, Nudy Land, which featured rappers Offset and Lil Yachty. The mixtape was produced by his longtime producer Pi’erre Bourne, who also worked on his subsequent projects, such as Slimeball 3 (2018), Sli’merre (2019) and Anyways (2020). Nudy also collaborated with Dreamville Records on their 2019 single “Down Bad”, which became his first Billboard Hot 100 hit.
Legal Troubles and Future Plans
On February 3, 2019, Young Nudy and 21 Savage were arrested in a targeted operation in DeKalb County, Georgia. Nudy was charged with aggravated assault and gang-related charges, while Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and alleged to be in the United States illegally from the United Kingdom.
Both rappers were released on bond later that month. Nudy’s charges were dropped in April 2019, while Savage’s case is still pending.
Despite their legal troubles, Young Nudy and 21 Savage have continued to make music and support each other. In May 2021, Nudy released his second studio album Dr. Ev4l, which featured a guest appearance from Savage on the song “Child’s Play”. The album received positive reviews from critics and fans alike.
Nudy has also expressed his interest in working with other artists outside of his usual circle, such as Drake, Future and Young Thug. He said that he wants to “expand” his sound and reach new audiences. He also said that he plans to release more music in the future, including a fourth installment of his Slimeball series.
Young Nudy and 21 Savage are cousins who share a passion for rap music and a love for their hometown of East Atlanta. They have collaborated on several songs over the years and have supported each other through their highs and lows. They are both successful artists who have carved their own niches in the hip-hop scene.