Alabamian Yung Bleu has been refining his dark, ominous style and increasingly intricate flows since the early 2010s. The rapper and singer -- alternately known as Bleu Vandross, named after R&B legend Luther Vandross -- has experienced increasing levels of commercial success with heartfelt slow jams such as "Miss It" (2017) and "You're Mines Still" (2020). A Drake-assisted remix of the latter earned Bleu his first placement on the Billboard Hot 100 and took the deluxe edition of his EP Love Scars: The 5 Stages of Emotion into the Billboard 200. In 2021, his first studio album, Moon Boy, also made a strong showing in the charts, peaking at the number 12 position.
Born in and based out of Mobile, Alabama, Yung Bleu (Jeremy Biddle) started rapping at the age of 11 and got into the game after he watched his brother interact with local hip-hop circles. He entered the public arena during his late teens with self-released mixtapes like 2013's Hello World and then became involved with Young Boss Entertainment. Over the ensuing years, Yung Bleu built his reputation on Investments (sometimes abbreviated as INV), a series of mixtapes with each successive numbered volume widening his scope. Around the same time, Bleu developed a working relationship with Boosie Badazz, collaborating with him on several tracks and landing a Columbia-supported deal with Boosie's Badazz Music Syndicate.
Bleu broke out in a big way with the 2017 single "Miss It" and continued to raise his profile with more installments of the Investments series, as well as streaming hits like 2018's "Unappreciated" and the Kevin Gates-assisted remix of "Ice on My Baby." He also established Bleu Vandross, an R&B-leaning mixtape series titled after his secondary alias. Bleu issued his final Columbia-distributed recordings, Bleu Vandross 2 and Investments 6, in 2019. He wasted no time launching the independent Vandross Music Group in 2020 with Bleu Vandross 3 and Love Scars: The 5 Stages of Emotions. An alternate version of Love Scars highlight "You're Mines Still" added a verse from Drake and was placed on a subsequent expanded edition of the EP. That October, the track entered the Hot 100 and simultaneously pushed its parent release into the Billboard 200. 2021 saw Bleu team up with Coi Leray for the amorous single "Thieves in Atlanta." In July of that year, he transitioned from mixtape releases to a proper studio album with the release of Moon Boy. The ambitious set included contributions from Big Sean, H.E.R., Gunna, John Legend, and others, and featured the Drake-assisted hit "You're Mines Still" once more. It reached number six on the rap chart and number 12 on the Billboard 200. "Walk Through the Fire," a collaboration with Ne-Yo, arrived in January 2022.