Young Lay (born Lathan Williams in 1975 in Vallejo, California) is a hip-hop gangsta rapper who began his career in the ’90s.
In 1995, he was featured on the soundtrack to the film “New Jersey Drive” with the song “All About My Fetti” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
During that same year and before releasing his debut album, Young Lay was shot at point blank range in the head while he was sitting in a car, leaving him comatose for several days. He survived the incident, but his assailant was never found.
In May of 1996 (a few weeks before the release of Young Lay’s debut album), his teenage girlfriend Daphne Boyden was murdered in her home and their newborn child, Le-Zhan was abducted. Due to suspected foul play in Daphne’s murder and Le-Zhan’s abduction, the case was featured on TV shows “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted.”
Also in that same year, Young Lay released his debut album “Black N’ Dangerous” on Atlantic Records which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #42 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
His follow-up single from his debut album “Playah’s Mode” was released, but didn’t make the charts at all.
In 1998, he released his sophomore album “Unsolved Mysteries” which was dedicated to his girlfriend and son. It’s unknown how or if the album made much impact. Young Lay was later sentenced to twelve years in prison for a 1999 armed robbery which apparently put his career on hold.
In November of 2002, his son Le-Zhan was found after an anonymous tip was called in which led to the arrest of one of Daphne’s murderers, Latasha Brown who was raising Le-Zhan as her own child. Latasha and her cousin, Ocianetta Williams were arrested for Daphne’s murder & Le-Zhan’s abduction.
In 2003, Young Lay released his third album “Don’t Get It Twisted” (apparently while still incarcerated). It’s unknown how much impact it made at all.
A year later in 2004, he released his fourth album “Young Lay Presents: Lifeline Original Soundtrack.” Like his previous album, it’s unknown how much impact it made at all.
In 2010, Young Lay was released from prison. In 2011, he released the song “True Religion” which also had a music video as well. Since then, not much has been heard from Young Lay and it appears as if he’s faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from him in quite some time.
To see the music video for “All About My Fetti,” go to:
To see the music video for “Playah’s Mode,” go to:
To see the music video for “True Religion,” go to: