Gashi
Birth nameLabinot Gashi
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 32)
Tripoli, Libya
OriginBrooklyn, New York, USA
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
LabelsRCA Records[1]
Websitegashiworld.com

Labinot Gashi[2][3][4] (pronounced [gaˈʃi]; born 4 October 1989), known mononymously as Gashi (stylised as GASHI), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.[5]

Biography

Labinot Gashi was born in Libya,[2][3] on October 4, 1989, to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo.[a] He spent his childhood as a refugee in several African and European countries before settling in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 10.[3][6]

Struggling to pick up the English language, he turned to music to help ease his adjustment into society, and quickly became hooked to rap. Gashi graduated from New Utrecht High School and earned a football scholarship to play at a Division 2 school in Massachusetts (American International College).[7] Although Gashi earned honors during his first year in college, he decided to drop out of college and concentrate more on music. He prepared his first mixtape and initially adopted the stage name The Kid Gashi[3] to change it later to Gashi and eventually G4SHI and His stage name has officially changed back to GASHI.

Gashi won several music contests and he was the winner of "First Time Performances" of First Look Sessions in both 2010 and 2011.[8] His debut project, the mixtape Last of a Rare Breed (2011) was hosted by Erkman, and featured tracks with Nipsey Hussle and French Montana. In 2012, G4shi founded his own group called Moxy.[8] 2012 was a breakthrough year with the release of the hit "Rocket". In 2012, he also released "Beautiful World" under his crew Moxy. Future tracks, which included "Who Made Me" and "Laughing", were featured on Hot 97 after Peter Rosenberg co-signed him. G4shi also attracted the attention of fashion and clothing businesses. As of 2012 Gashi is the face and the representative of "Problem Child NYC" clothing line and did modelling for Problem Child line in New York.[8]

In 2013, he released a follow-up mixtape I'll Be Right With You.[4] A later project, entitled, 4Play featured his single "Room 4".[9] In 2015, he released the track "Switch Up" and in 2016 "Day Ones" followed by "Turn Me Down" and "Disrespectful" both in 2017. The song "Disrespectful" was also featured in episode 4 of Showtime's The Chi.

The self-titled LP is his first studio release for RCA Records and was released in 2019. The album comprises 16 songs, featuring G-Eazy, French Montana, DJ Snake and Maxx Owa, among others. The project was led by a number of singles, including "Creep on Me" featuring French Montana, "Safety" featuring DJ Snake, and "My Year" with G-Eazy.[citation needed]

Discography

Studio albums

Mixtapes

Extended plays

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWI
[10]
"Creep on Me"
(featuring French Montana and DJ Snake)[11]
2018 4 Gashi
"My Year"
(featuring G-Eazy)
2019
"That's Mine"
(featuring Ledri Vula)
41 Non-album single
"Roses" Gashi
"Safety"
(featuring DJ Snake)
92
"Mr. Ferrari" 1984
"Paranoid" 2020
"Upset"
(featuring Pink Sweats and Njomza)
"Lies"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Slippin"
(Ava Max featuring Gashi)
2018 Non-album singles
"Like You Do"
(Florian Picasso featuring Ally Brooke and Gashi)
2020
"Oops (I'm Sorry)"
(Lost Kings featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Gashi)
TBA
"Delali"
(Khaled featuring Gashi)
Non-album singles
"Benz I Know" (Remix)[12]
(Kelvyn Colt and Gashi)
"Amnesia"[13]
(Loud Luxury and Ship Wrek featuring Gashi)
2021
"Say It"
(Dvbbs and Space Primates featuring Gashi)[14]
Sleep

Notes

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

References

  1. ^ "Gashi at RCA Records". rcarecords.com. RCA Records.
  2. ^ a b "GASHI – "Who Made Me"". Raw Tracks. WordPress. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  3. ^ a b c d "From Albania to Brooklyn :: Rapper GASHI's Steady Grind". The Hundreds. www.thehundreds.com. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  4. ^ a b "Breathe Easy Hip Hop, 'I'll Be Right With You': Interview With GASHI". Artsy Magazine. www.artsymagazine.com. 2013-02-21. Archived from the original on 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  5. ^ Hawgood, Alex (9 April 2019), "Gashi, a Son of Kosovo Refugees, Is the 'Trap Phil Collins'", The New York Times, retrieved 25 May 2019
  6. ^ "On The Come Up: GASHI". Hot New HipHop. www.hotnewhiphop.com. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  7. ^ American International College Yellow Jackets - Larry Gashi - 2009
  8. ^ a b c G4shi the rockstar of music and fashion industry | Prishtina Press - Prishtinë - New York - London
  9. ^ OK-Tho (2014-01-15). "Top Of The Year: The Deans List (Top 25 Artists of 2013)". Ok-tho.com. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  10. ^ "Diskografie—Gashi" (in German). Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. ^ Bein, Kat (2018-08-22). "DJ Snake and French Montana Give GASHI's 'Creep On Me' Extra Bounce: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  12. ^ "BENZ I Know REMIX - Single by Kelvyn Colt & GASHI". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  13. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (2021-03-04). "Loud Luxury, Ship Wrek, and Gashi come together for electric new single, 'Amnesia'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2021-03-06. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  14. ^ "Say It (feat. GASHI) by DVBBS, Space Primates & GASHI on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved October 8, 2021.