The entertainment industry has served as a veritable stage where talented personalities give expression to their passion, skills, as well as prowess. When you narrow it down to the field of music, you are likely to find artists like the American rapper Gunplay who has managed to make a success out of his career in music. He started off as a rapper towards the end of the 1990s when he came into contact with a popular producer and rapper. He then went into hip–hop as a member of the southern group popularly called Triple Cs, which Rick Ross created by combining Torchbearers, Gunplay and Young Breed. In 2009, the music group dropped their first album titled Custom Cars & Cycles after signing a contract with Maybach Music Group label.
On his own part, Gunplay launched his solo career in collaboration with Def Jam Recordings where he secured a solo recording contract in July 2012. Since then, the famed rapper has dropped more than a few mixtapes, notable among them is his 601 & Snort which was released the same year. After three years, precisely on the 31st of July 2015, Gunplay released his first studio album known as Living Legends. The musical genres he favors include rap, gangsta rap, southern rap, as well as hardcore rap. He has made several appearances as a guest artist for many musicians and has been part of successful collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lil Wayne. He featured as a guest artist on Kendrick Lamar’s song Cartoon & Cereal which ranked on 2012 Complex’s Best 50 Songs. Sources have reported that his debut solo album is set to hit the music stand with the title Bogota.
Who Is Gunplay, Where Is He From?
We know his real name to be Richard Morales Jr. but there is a dearth of information on the family background of the popular rapper. The identity of his parents have never been made public, as well as information regarding his siblings and other family connections. The little we could get from the available records have it that his mum is Jamaican while his dad comes from Puerto Rico. He was born as Richard Morales Jr in El Paso, Texas, the United States of America, on the 18th of July 1979 under the horoscope sign of Cancer. His nationality is irrefutably American and his ethnicity is definitely mixed.
His formative years were spent in The Bronx, New York, where he was raised alongside a younger brother whose identity is not known. When he got to the age of 10, his parents’ marriage came to an end through a divorce which split the family into two. His dad returned to his Puerto Rican roots while Gunplay relocated with his mum and brother to Carol City, South Florida.
There are equally no details on his academic achievements but records have it that he couldn’t finish high school, he had to quit at 15 when it became clear to him that he had to repeat ninth grade. The next year, he began experimenting with hard drugs and his preferred substance was cocaine. According to Gunplay, his weekly drug budget ranged from $600-$700 and after his successful record deal, the money he spent on the substance increased to thousands on a weekly basis. He went into professional rapping when the rapper cum music producer Rick Ross came into his life and since then, he has been dexterously climbing the ladder of success and no doubt, his aim is the very top.
His Net Worth
Even though his annual income has never been made public, Gunplay has accumulated a net worth of $1 million which has come mainly from his career as a rapper. His wealth is expected to increase in the future as the rapper is very much active as an entertainer.
Girlfriend or Wife
It would appear that Gunplay keeps his personal life under lock and key because nobody seems to be privy to information on his past relationships, even though he has clearly been involved in one failed marriage. To date, the identity of his ex-wife has never been uncovered and the only information available to the public is that their marriage ended in 2008. Nobody knows when and how it started.
Another important fact about his failed marriage is that it gave rise to a son named Richard Morales III who came into the world either in 2003 or 2004. Gunplay’s religious inclination is Santeria, according to him, his faith has brought him closer to God.