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Baton Rouge native Webster "Webbie" Gradney, Jr.'s brash and street-smart style was influenced by the early No Limit and Cash Money releases that were creeping out of nearby New Orleans, and the classic West Coast sound of Snoop Dogg and Eazy-E. Webbie was only eight when his mother died of cancer. Bouncing from family member to family member was hard, but the West Coast tapes his cousin would loan him provided Webbie with rebellious music that spoke to his inner tension. Later, and not even a teenager yet, he was identifying with the thuggish street music of Master P, Eightball & MJG, and UGK, Dirty South legends who spoke the same slang Webbie did. Seeing that you didn't have to be from the East or West Coast to make your mark in hip-hop, Webbie became serious about the rhymes he had been messing around with since he was five. With so much focus on his rapping, high school was a struggle, but his poor grades didn't seem to matter much when Pimp C from UGK came calling. He was signed to Pimp C's Trill Entertainment before he got his driver's license and recorded two albums for the label: 2003's Ghetto Stories and 2004's Gangsta Muzik, both with fellow Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie. In early 2005 the solo Webbie tracks "Gimme Dat" and "Bad Bitch" were appearing on mixtapes by Evil Empire and DJ Smallz, while in the background, Trill was working out a distribution deal with the Warner Bros.-associated label Atlantic. With the contracts signed, Webbie's full-length Savage Life hit the streets in June the same year. Savage Life 2 arrived in 2008, while the 2010 set All or Nothing featured Webbie alongside Lil Boosie and the rest of the Trill Entertainment family. A third volume of the Savage Life series followed in 2011, with a fourth volume landing in 2013.
Webster Gradney, Jr. (born September 6, 1985), who performs under the mononym Webbie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was signed to the independent Trill Entertainment label from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 he came into the hip hop scene with "Gimme That" featuring Bun B. His songs "Bad Bitch" and "Swerve" were featured on Gangsta Musik, his 2003 group album with Lil Boosie, and in the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow. Webbie's second album, Savage Life 2, was released in early 2008 with the hit single "Independent" featuring Lil Boosie and Lil Phat.Jeffries, David (2005). "Webbie - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
Webbie was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His mother died when he was nine years old so his parental care was split between his father and grandmother. Ever since he was five years old, he had been writing rhymes, and throughout his childhood he had become an avid fan of hardcore rap artists including Southern hip hop performers Master P, Eightball & MJG, the Geto Boys, and UGK,"Webbie - Biography". Yahoo! Music. Atlantic Records. 2005. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
Webbie first appeared on Lil Boosie's album For My Thugz on the track "Gotta Get It" in 2002. He and Lil Boosie released Ghetto Stories in 2003 and Gangsta Musik in 2004. As Webbie's solo track "Give Me That" featuring Bun B was frequently featured in mixtapes, as a label Trill Entertainment was growing in popularity & was signed for a distribution deal at Asylum Records along with (Webbie). After he was signed there, his major-label debut Savage Life was released in 2005, debuting at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Trill began a deal to sign Webbie to the subsidiary label Atlantic Records & was successful. Singles from his next album, Savage Life 2, include "Independent" featuring Boosie and Lil Phat. It is Webbie's most successful song to date, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the top of the Rap Songs chart. Webbie released his third studio album Savage Life 3 on November 15, 2012 under Trill Ent. The first single from the album was "What's Happenin'". The album has currently sold over 50,000 copies.
Webbie's upcoming fourth album Savage Life 4 will be the fourth in the Savage Life album series. The first single from the album "What I Do" was released on April 16, 2013. It was released on November 19, 2013.Cite error: The named reference all_music was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Harris, Chris (2008-03-05). "Janet Jackson Teaches Jack Johnson Discipline, Claims Sixth #1 Debut". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-04-19. "What I Do [Explicit]: Webbie: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. "iTunes - Music - Savage Life 4 (Deluxe Edition) by Webbie". Itunes.apple.com. 1985-09-06. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
On the October 14, 2011 episode of BET’s 106 & Park, Webbie was banned from further appearances on the countdown show. Webbie appeared that day on the show as a guest judge for Freestyle Friday. The reason behind his ban was tied to allegations that he made sexually inappropriate comments to the show's hostess, Rocsi.
On September 13, 2012 Webbie was arrested in Baton Rouge on suspicion of robbery and battery. He was alleged to have kicked and pushed a woman down the stairs, proceeding to steal $340 from her purse."Rocsi Speaks Out About Webbie Ban". "Baton Rouge Rapper Charges Arrested on Suspicion of Robbery and Battery".
FilmographyFilmsGangsta Musik (2005)On The Grind (2006)Ghetto Stories: The Movie (2010)Video Girl (2013)Savage Life: The Movie (2014)
He has made an independent biographical movie, Ghetto Stories in October 2010, with Lil Boosie, based on their lives and lyrical themes. He also starred in the music film "Video Girl" which featured actress Meagan Good."Trill Fam - Survival of the Fittest". Asylum Records. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19.