Labinot “Larry” Gashi, known professionally as The Kid Gashi, later just Gashi, sometimes stylized as G4SHI, is an Albanian artist of Kosovo Albanian origin now based in Brooklyn, New York.
Gashi was born in Libya to ethnic Albanian parents. Moving to a number of countries, mainly in Europe, Gashi and his family immigrated to the United States in the late 1990s, eventually residing in Brooklyn, New York City.
Struggling to pick up the English language, he turned to music to help ease his adjustment into society, and quickly became hooked to rap. Gashi graduated from New Utrecht High School and earned a football scholarship to play at a Division 2 school in Massachusetts (American International College). Although Gashi earned honors during his first year in college, he decided to drop out of college and concentrate more on music.
His first project, the mixtape Last of a Rare Breed (2011) was hosted by Erkman, and featured tracks with Nipsey Hussle and French Montana. In 2012, Gashi founded his own group called Moxy. 2012 was a breakthrough year with the release of the hit Rocket. In 2012, he also released Beautiful World under his crew Moxy. Future tracks, which included Who Made Me and Laughing, were featured on Hot 97 after Peter Rosenberg co-signed him. Gashi also attracted the attention of fashion and clothing businesses. As of 2012 Gashi is the face and the representative of “Problem Child NYC” clothing line.
In 2013, he released a follow-up mixtape I’ll Be Right With You. A later project, entitled 4Play featured his single Room 4. In 2015 he released the track Switch Up and in 2016 Day Ones followed by Turn Me Down and Disrespectful both in 2017. The song Disrespectful was also featured in episode 4 of Showtime’s The Chi.