Yung Miami makes up half of the iconic duo known as the City Girls. Known for her bubbly personality, catchy sayings, and hilarious commentary, Miami sets the tone for being bold and ambitious.

Born Caresha Brownlee, the rapper grew up in Miami, Florida– hence the name. The neighborhood she was raised in near Opa-Locka, FL, was rather rough. Yung Miami had to deal with witnessing fights break out very often and experiencing hurricane season annually. 

Miami describes her childhood as more of an “adulthood.” In her middle school years, she would be out partying at teen clubs until 2 a.m. in the morning. Being that her mother was very close to artists like Trick Daddy and Rick Ross, and that legendary Miami rapper, Trina, was her godmother, Yung Miami was no rookie to the party scene. Still young in age, Yung Miami gave birth to her son Jai Malik Wiggins Jr. in 2013 at age 19.

Rapping was never in Miami’s plans. She simply wanted to live a lavish lifestyle after growing up in unfortunate circumstances. When her best friend, and now group partner, J.T. came up with the idea of putting out a song, Miami declined the offer. However, with some serious begging, she added her verse.

The song “F**k That N***a” was released in 2017 and opened doors for the Miami natives. In just a year, the two would be rapping with Drake and signed to Quality Control Records. 

Despite being in one of the most popular girl groups of the decade, Yung Miami has faced numerous tribulations after achieving stardom. In 2017, her mother was sentenced to five years in prison and ten years on probation for a hit-and-run incident that took place back in 2009. Miami was left to take care of  her siblings, as well as her son.

The following year, in 2018, Miami would have to hold down the fort after J.T. was sent to jail for aggravated fraud. She continued to release  music, perform shows, and do interviews, all on her own, keeping City Girls’ name alive and well while J.T. was behind bars.

In 2020, a few months after J.T. was released, Miami’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her son was shot and killed at age 27. 

Throughout all the hardships, Yung Miami has moved forward. In 2019, she gave birth to her daughter Summer Miami Luellen with her boyfriend at the time, Southside. In 2021, her mother was finally released from prison.

Yung Miami is continuing to focus on her music. After releasing her solo record “Rap Freaks” in 2021, the artist is more driven than ever. 

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images