Young Thug recalls growing up alongside 10 siblings, and reveals how he's given back to his community.
Young Thug has spent 2016 releasing a number of mixtapes and setting out on a nation-wide tour, but in his new interview with PAPER, he's focusing on the fight against poverty. The rapper, alongside his girlfriend Jerrika Karlae, spoke openly about his early life growing up alongside 10 siblings, and what he wants for his own children.
I never want my kids to feel like they don't have anything. I had my first child at 14/15, so you can only imagine [what it was like in the beginning]...When you're poor you do anything to survive. You rob and take... Now I can give my kids anything they want... The holidays are when families make the most memories. It's the one time of year when the family comes together to celebrate something. Our families celebrate Christmas and food is always the center of Christmas Day. But when you don't have food, the day just seems off.You're not just going to sit and look at each other — you want to be able to eat and laugh [in the company] of your loved ones.
Later, he reveals what he's been doing to help those in his life who don't have enough.
Whenever I go back to my side of town — Cleveland Ave [in South Atlanta] — I know I have to bring money, because there'll be friends or cousins or people I knew from 6th grade who are going to ask me for money. My fianceÌe always says I look like Santa Claus, because I'm just giving everyone something.
You can read more from the article over at PAPER. It appears in the magazine's new OUTSPOKEN issue. Stream Young Thug's JEFFERY here.