Last Friday (April 22), Bankroll Mafia, the Atlanta-based hip-hop supergroup comprised of T.I., Young Thug, PeeWee Roscoe, Shad Da God, MPA Duke, and London Jae, released their Mafia History debut album on iTunes featuring singles “Out My Face” and “Smoke Tree.”
Tip recently described the group’s dynamic to Billboard as “a collective that includes a lot of personal and professional constituents throughout the industry, in and out of our elements.” Each member of Bankroll Mafia is either part of a separate group or a solo artist, unanimously banding together as part of a new ATL movement.
Most of the songs on the album were finished about a year ago, but T.I. explains that some were done just days before the April 22 release date. The collective was holed up in an undisclosed studio in Atlanta working around the clock, going room to room as they added verses and hooks to the 17-track project.
Below, Billboard breaks down the members of Bankroll Mafia and their affiliations.
Tip’s Grand Hustle imprint is home to two supergroups: Hustle Gang and Bankroll Mafia. According to the album’s trailer, the King of the South’s newest crew is a mix of “stand-up guys with mob ties,” gathering different generations of rappers from the ATL under one umbrella. As the leader, Tip is featured on 12 tracks, rapping alongside the region’s Internet stars Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Migos, and the late Bankroll Fresh. “We just want to keep his legacy going, keep his name alive, and continue to keep his dream fulfilled,” he says of the track “Fuck This Shit Up,” which contains an unreleased verse by Fresh, who was killed last month.
Tip also makes it clear that his contributions to Hustle Gang and Bankroll Mafia aren’t a conflict of interest. “It’s a big tree where you have two different branches off it, but they both connected to the same tree,” he says.
Thugger is practically cool with everyone. He’s received co-signs from Gucci Mane and Birdman in the past, and now he’s affiliated with T.I. as second-in-command in Bankroll Mafia. The pair has made dozens of records together, including their street hits “About the Money,” “Peanut Butter Jelly” and their latest “Out My Face.” On the Bankroll Mafia tracks, Thug unsurprisingly delivers a charismatic performance over booming productions.
PeeWee Roscoe, better known as Jimmy Winfrey, was Young Thug’s former tour manager and is one of the founding members of Bankroll Mafia. Despite serving a 10-year sentence stemming from the 2015 Lil Wayne tour bus shooting, PeeWee Roscoe recorded tracks before his incarceration and appears on the group’s first single “Bankrolls on Deck” as well as “Fuck This Shit Up.”
Shad Da God
Shad Da God is a member of Hustle Gang and Bankroll Mafia. He calls himself the CEO of both but insists that everyone in each crew is their own CEO. On the formation of Bankroll Mafia, Shad Da God says hip-hop was missing players who rapped about the extravagant life. He’s on every song except one, sticking to the Bankroll Mob’s theme of money and mafia talk. “It was something that was missing in the city and in the rap game,” he tells Billboard. “You can really get to hear all that though when you hear the new album.”
Duke is another rapper who is affiliated with Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life (YSL) movement and PeeWee Longway’s M.P.A. BandCamp, formally as MPA Duke. Thugger’s recent releases—I’m Up and Slime Season 3—features Duke on “For My People” and “Slime Shit.” He showed off his brand loyalty, telling Billboard, “I’m YSL but I’m still Bankroll Mafia to the death of me. Everybody beside me — we growed up together, we from the same town so we gonna represent.”
London Jae is a rapper/singer on B.o.B’s No Genre label, which is a subset of T.I.’s Grand Hustle. Bobby Ray and Jae are constantly working on music together — they just put out a joint mixtape called NASA produced entirely by Zaytoven. Jae is the least featured artist on the album, but he gets the spotlight on standouts “Smoke Tree” and “Screwed It Up.”
Look out for Bankroll Mafia to hit select cities on tour this summer.