Winnie the Pooh is one of hip-hop’s hottest new rappers. He represents the streets of Memphis, has a carefree demeanor, and accumulates legal issues that have added to his appeal. After getting songs that hit the charts and many titles, Pooh Shiesty is now a 2021 XXL First-year student.
Before receiving this honor, the 21-year-old artist debuted in the game almost three years ago with an appearance on Memphis rapper’s K Carbon remix of Three 6 Mafia’s “Weak Azz Bitch”. The song’s feature gave Pooh a local buzz in Memphis, prompting him to take rap seriously. In 2020, Pooh, born Lontrell Williams, caught the attention of the veteran rapper Gucci Mane. The two exchanged contact information via DM on Instagram, which led Pooh to strike a deal with 1017 Records / Atlantic Records last April. Since then, the rising rhyme has gained a solid fan base and a lot of momentum.
Last January, Pooh released his track, “Back in Blood” with Lil Durk, putting the bubbling artist on the map. The song went viral and brought in hip-hop fans, whether they were quarantined at home or in clubs. The visual currently has over 165 million views on YouTube and continues to climb. He also landed a No. 13 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. During the short time Pooh rapped, he already achieved double platinum status with the hit single, as well as gold plaques for “Neighbors”. “with Big30,” Twerk Sum “and his album, Shit season.
Although Pooh’s rise to fame came from his contagious “Back in Blood”, and he also became notorious for legal issues, he is also sought after by other rappers for his guest verses. Pooh has been featured on popular tracks like “Beat Box 2” by SpotemGottem “,” Big Purr (Prrdd) “by Coi Leray and” Should’ve Ducked “by Lil Durk. Coi and Spotem’s tracks earned Pooh additional spots on the Hot 100 charts. He also became well known for flaunting wads of cash and saying his ad-lib “Big Blrrrd”.
As fans get to know Pooh as a 2021 XXL First-year student, he wouldn’t have gotten to this place if it hadn’t been for other rappers who came before him. The “Neighbors” spitter grew up being inspired by artists like Lil Wayne. “He’s always had the craziest bars,” Pooh says of Weezy’s influence. “On the way up, we used to study his songs together and break down the different metaphors.” Chef Keef is also on the list of rappers Pooh admires. “Chef Keef, he was one of my main inspirations,” Pooh shares. “I watched him come into the game.” As for Gucci, Big Shiesty says, “Gucci is the GOAT I always learn from him.
While “Back in Blood” still reigns supreme on streaming services with over 120 million Spotify streams, Pooh continues its momentum by releasing seasonal deluxe versions of Shit season. He’s got another on the way. Pooh brings the same energy heard on his Luxury Spring to his XXL First year freestyle.
In freestyle, Pooh begins with his famous “Blrrrd” ad-lib. Then the rapper begins to spit a cappella on the experiences of life on the streets and a lot of money. “About 80,000 in those $ 1,000 jeans, I’m gonna slouch / If a nigga play I’m gonna make him throw his flag,” he said rhyming. Pooh keep talking about more cash and ride in expensive, fast cars, “This for anyone that comes my way while I’m chasing this bag / In my Jag, go fast with 12 Drakes and a ski mask,” he rapped.
Pooh also delivers lyrics to ensure he continues his mission of success. He refuses to let anyone see him fall: “I’m on top and I can’t fall because I know they want to see this / Blrrrd, blrrrd” he finishes his freestyle by throwing tickets in the air.
Watch Pooh Shiesty spit rhymes on the pursuit of the bag as he shows his money in his XXL Freshman freestyle, powered by BODYARMOR, below.