Guapdad 4000: Everything You Want To Know
The NorCal rapper, who also goes by simply "Guap," will get a chance to show off his skills at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards.
by Nick Fenley
October 03, 2022 at 11:15 am
If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet, you’ve probably come across Guapdad 4000 at some point in your life. You may be familiar with him from one of his many hilariously viral videos from TikTok’s predecessor, Vine, you may have become a fan after stumbling across some of his music, or you’re finding yourself here after seeing him do his thing at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards. For those not familiar with the budding rap star with a charismatic social media personality to match, we’re here to catch you up to speed.
Who is Guapdad 4000?
Guapdad 4000 was born Akeem Ali Douglas Hayes in the Bay Area on July 27, 1992. He also professionally goes by the name Guap. He broke into the music scene in 2017 when he dropped his 13-track debut mixtape, Scamboy Color. In 2019, Guapdad 4000 formed a supergroup with friends and fellow rappers Buddy, Smino, and J.I.D. They named the group Zoink Gang and made an appearance on the 2019 Dreamville Records compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. In October of that year, Guapdad released his debut album, Dior Deposits, featuring collaborations with 6lack, Chance The Rapper, and Buddy.
Now that we’ve given you the basics, here are 10 fast facts everyone should know about Guapdad 4000.
Kehlani helped Guapdad come up with his stage name
As far as first impressions go, people may find themselves being stuck on Guapdad 4000’s stage name, so it’s only fitting that we begin there.
Notably, there’s an unexpected story behind his odd name, and it involves Kehlani, an artist who he knew back in his pre-fame days.
“Kehlani was my first partner that moved to L.A. I used to come to [their] spot,” Guapdad 4000 recalled during an interview with HipHopDX.
Guapdad then shared that, as he was essentially in a phase of late-1990’s/ early-2000’s nostalgia, he wanted to come up with a moniker that was reminiscent of a screen name from AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
He settled on “GuapoGuapGuapGracias,” noting, “The b****es would love it when I said that s**t.”
“After a brainstorm session, [Kehlani] was like, ‘What about Guapdad?’ I said, ‘Oh, I can be Young Guapdad!’ But we dropped the Young and added 4000 because every screen name needs a number. Andre 3000 already had 3000, so why not 4000?” he explained.
He ultimately ran with his stage name, though he seems to be more in favor of simply going by “Guap” now.
Guapdad was previously linked to Baby Tate
While Kehlani may have helped Guapdad come up with his stage name, he’s more well-known for his association with Baby Tate (aka Yung Baby Tate).
The pair made headlines last year for being involved in a situationship, which was briefly featured on season 10 of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (LHHATL), as Baby Tate was a cast member at the time.
However, the pair’s romance swiftly burned out, and they don’t appear to have left things off on the best of terms, as Baby Tate slammed Guapdad as a “f**king clown” on Twitter last summer, according to HotNewHipHop.
We should also note that, back when they were on good terms, Guap and Baby Tate collabed on a Dreamville track called “Don’t Hit Me Right Now.”
Is Guapdad 4000 dating anyone now?
We don’t know for sure, but while at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards, R&B singer Ashlee accompanied him on the red carpet.
He didn't appear in the best light on 'LHHATL'
As for Guapdad and Baby Tate, the pair’s relationship appeared to have been exacerbated by the LHHATL cameras, as Guapdad 4000 definitely didn’t appear in the best light when the episodes aired.
In one episode of the reality show, Guapdad essentially confirmed that he doesn’t want to be with Baby Tate, who had made her infatuation for him well known. In fact, he said that, while he enjoys having sex and hanging out with her, he doesn’t think they should take things to the next level.
This set Baby Tate, and many of her fans off, as some viewers felt as though he was stringing her along.
“I literally had a conversation with I before we shot that last scene where I said I was happy with the place we were finally getting to & you agreed. Then got on camera & played me to the left. Don’t do this. Cuz I’m not tryna argue with you,” she wrote on social media, according to The Source.
However, Guap still appears to be doing his thang, so it looks like he isn’t bothered by Baby Tate stans side-eying his city boy antics.
Guapdad reps the Bay Area
“I’m from the Bay. I come from pimp h*e culture. I am a playa,” he said during an interview with Nyla Symone. “I got a lot more to talk about now, especially as a grown man, than just h*es all the time. But boy do I love talking about h*es.”
“I’m a producttt of my environment,” he wrote beneath a clip he uploaded of the interview.
Guapdad is half-Filipino
Another fact about Guap’s background is that he’s biracial — half-Black and half-Filipino.
“It was hard to get accepted from both sides because you always ‘aren’t Black enough’ or you ‘aren’t Filipino enough,’ so you kind of play the balance,” he said during an interview with ABS-CBN News.
“You have to learn how to separate other people’s opinions for yourself and live for yourself and love what you are as a whole.”
On the flip side, Guapdad definitely enjoys the artistic benefits of his multi-cultural background.
He tells Purveyr, “Being biracial is so cool especially with being Black and Filipino specifically because both parts of my mix are so deep into the arts. They’re so creative and they’re so hands-on with everything so I had a lot of aunties and uncles on both sides that are singers, dancers, and painters. So being Black and Filipino only adds to the amount of creativity I can pull from.”
However, when it comes to taking a more social stance, the young rapper has found there to be some difficulty.
“It’s been difficult for me to properly speak-out about [discrimination against Asians],” Guap admitted to Purveyr. “As a person from the Bay Area and as a Black and Filipino who’s always heavy on activism with Black Lives Matter and social injustices to Black people, I want to advocate for Filipino and Asian communities the same way. But it’s taking me a bit longer because I’m processing it more differently because I’m protective over my Lola. I just don’t want any harm to be brought to her so I’ve been trying to take some time to center myself with my family to make sure that she’s protected before I publicly speak about it.”
He went on to say, “The Asian community needs to know that there is solidarity and that everybody wants to see us win except for the enemy. But I think we should know that and it is up to us to step forward to protect ourselves first before anything else.”
He's terrified of cooking adobo
The rapper further spoke on his biracial identity by celebrating the good food he gets to enjoy from both cultures.
“It’s cool to be Filipino and Black because the food is great on both sides,” he said, HipHopDX reports. “I get to eat better than everyone.”
He went on to reveal that, while he’s been cheffin’ it up in the kitchen and getting many recipes down pat, there’s one dish he’s scared to attempt: adobo.
“I cook a lot now. I love seafood—salmon, white fish, seabass. I cooked sinigang, which earned my mom’s and grandma’s stamp of approval. I haven’t made adobo yet, though. I’m scared to cook that,” Guap shared, likely alluding to his fear that it wouldn’t turn out well.
Despite this, Guapdad did manage to cook up a track named “Chicken Adobo” that pays homage to the dish.
He used to be a full-fledged scammer
Before Guapdad 4000 attained fame through bops like “Stuck With It” and “Fearless,” he made a living as a scam artist.
“The money goes so fast, especially when designer is so expensive,” he told High Snobiety of his old gig. “Maybe you can’t get some s*** off. Maybe you buy a bad batch of [credit] cards. I was just doing bad. So, I said I don’t want to scam no more, I just want to rap about it,” he told the outlet, seemingly shouting out tracks like “Scamboy” and “Money” in the process.
Guap also revealed that, at one point, he lost $40,000 in Bitcoin through a scam-gone-wrong, and these experiences led him to take rap more seriously.
He donned a 10-foot durag at the Grammy's
Once Guap blew up in the rap game, he began getting some major opportunities, including getting to attend the 62nd Grammy Awards back in 2020.
While on the red carpet, Guapdad turned heads with his durag, which doubled as a train, as it was 10-feet-long.
He also shared video of him prepping for the event, which you can see down below.
Guapdad ended up on Pornhub
While Guapdad 4000 has pretty laid-back vibe, we have to point out that he was involved in a tale of ratchetness that found its way onto Pornhub.
Long story short, Guap was getting a blowjob in a parked car by two women in Downtown L.A., and someone wound up catching it on their phone and uploading it online. A year later, he found out about the video from Twitter.
“I don’t have a Rick Owens regret in my body. But at the same time, I wish we just could have gotten some more flattering angles,” he humorously told All Def Comedy of the incident.
He loves anime
Aside from creating music and accidental pornos, Guapdad also enjoys watching anime.
“When you watch reality TV you feel messy or gossipy. When you watch documentaries, you feel enlightened and informed. When you watch anime, you feel creative, out of the box, colorful. It’s too easy to make good music after watching good anime,” he told Crunchyroll, noting that his all-time favorite anime is Naruto.
He also shouted out a few other anime, including Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Sailer Moon and Cowboy Bebop.
“Cowboy Bebop honestly taught me the importance of helping your homies with their trauma but giving people space as well,” he noted.
We should also add that Guap attended the L.A. premier of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, showing that he has an expansive list of anime that he’s into!
What do you think about Guapdad 4000?