Young Lay

Young Lay

Real Name:
Lathan Williams
Lathan Williams began his rapping career in Vallejo, California, and grew to take part in the bay area rap scene that grew up around radio station KMEL, and spawned such artists as E-40, Mac Dre, and the Digital Underground's Shock G and 2Pac, among many others.

Young Lay released his first album in 1996, entitled "Black 'N Dangerous." One of the songs off of the sophomore album, "All About My Fetti," appeared on the soundtrack of the film New Jersy Drive, and became an instant hit.
Several months before the release of his first album, "Black N' Dangerous," Williams was shot at point blank range in the head while sitting in a car. He was comatose for several days, but - remarkably - he survived. Many cited jealousy from street associates as the cause of the shooting, and the shooter was never found.

Then, only a few weeks before the release of the same album, Williams' girlfriend Daphne Boyden was killed in her home, set on fire, and her child with Williams, Le-Zhan, was abducted from the scene. Witnesses said they saw two young women leaving the home with a small bundle in hand. The child was only 25 days old.
Because of a series of personal tragedies and mishaps, Young Lay only recorded one more album, "Unsolved Mysteries," dedicated to his missing son Le-Zhan and the deceased mother of the child.

Lathan Williams was later tried and convicted for armed robbery, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He is currently interred at Susanville state prison.

Young Lay Discography


Young Lay Black 'N Dangerous (Album) Atlantic US 1996 Sell This Version
Young Lay Unsolved Mysteries (Album) 2nd Life Entertainment US 1998 Sell This Version
YBB-0187-2 Young Lay Don't Get It Twisted(CD, Album) Young Black Brotha Records YBB-0187-2 US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Young Lay All About My Fetti (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, EastWest Canada 1995 Sell This Version
Young Lay Playah's Mode (Single, Maxi) Atlantic US 1996 Sell This Version


TBV 1134 Total, Black Panta*, Young Lay Total, Black Panta*, Young Lay - New Jersey Drive Compilation(VHS, NTSC, Comp, Promo) Tommy Boy TBV 1134 US 1995 Sell This Version

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