Rapper Lil Wop (sometimes known as Lil Wop 17 or the Wopster) was born in Chicago. By his late teens he had begun uploading his original tracks online, and moved to Atlanta at the suggestion of his little brother, who had been living there for a while.
Lil Wop's dark, almost demonic style was also heavily influenced by the relentless, threatening style of Gucci Mane. Lil Wop's sounds eventually caught the ear of Gucci himself, who signed Lil Wop to his 1017 Eskimo label in 2017. That year was a busy one for the young rapper, who released a seemingly nonstop string of mixtapes, including Wake-N-Bake and a trio of mixtapes in his Wopavelli series.