Ashnikko

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Ashnikko
Casey performing in Riga in 2014 prior to making her solo debut
Casey performing in Riga in 2014 prior to making her solo debut
Background information
Birth nameAshton Nicole Casey
Born (1996-02-19) February 19, 1996 (age 24)
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2016–present
Labels
Websiteashnikko.com

Ashton Nicole Casey[1] (born February 19, 1996), better known as Ashnikko (/ˈæʃnɪk/), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and model. She is best known for her 2019 single "Stupid" with Yung Baby Tate which gained viral popularity on the video-sharing platform TikTok. The song currently sits at over 29 million global streams,[2] and over 30 million views on YouTube.[3]

Early life[edit]

Casey was born on February 19, 1996 in Oak Ridge, North Carolina,[4] and raised in the city of Greensboro where her parents exposed her to country music and Slipknot.[5] She recalls becoming interested in music, specifically rap music, when she listened to "Bucky Done Gun" and Arular by M.I.A on her iPod Nano at the age of 11, claiming that it "blew [her] little brain away".[6] As a teenager, her family moved to Estonia for her father's studies, spending a year there before relocating again to Riga, Latvia.[7] At one point, she was the only American in the country to attend a Latvian public high school.[8]

Career[edit]

2017–2018: Sass Pancakes and Unlikeable[edit]

Casey's first song, "Krokodil", was produced by Raf Riley and published to SoundCloud in July 2016.[9] Casey released her first EP, Sass Pancakes, under Digital Picnic Records in 2017.[8][6] The EP was produced by Raf Riley and features appearances from Avelino.[10][11] Her second EP, Unlikeable, was released in November 2018 and features appearances from Kodie Shane.[12][6]

2019–present: Hi, It's Me[edit]

Casey released her third EP, Hi It's Me in July 2019. The five-track EP features the song "Stupid" with Yung Baby Tate which gained "viral" popularity on the video-sharing platform TikTok.[13][14] Since September 2019, the song has been used in over 400,000 videos on the app, and has gained over 10 million streams on Spotify alone.[15] Miley Cyrus gained over 2.3 million likes when she lip-synced the song on a TikTok video.[16] The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop chart and the Spotify Viral 50 chart.[17][18][14] She embarked on a North American tour supporting American rapper Danny Brown in October 2019.[19][20]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Sass Pancakes[21]
  • Released: March 17, 2017
  • Label: Digital Picnic, WMG
  • Format: Digital download
Unlikeable[22]
  • Released: November 23, 2018
  • Label: Digital Picnic, WMG
  • Format: Digital download
Hi, It's Me[23]
  • Released: July 12, 2019
  • Label: Digital Picnic, WMG
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.
[24]
CAN
[25]
IRE
[26]
NZ
Hot

[27]
"Blow" 2018 Unlikeable
"Nice Girl"
"Halloweenie" Non-album single
"No Brainer" 2019 Unlikeable
"Special" Hi, It's Me
"Hi, It's Me"
"Stupid"
(with Yung Baby Tate)
1 63 93 29
"Halloweenie II: Pumpkin Spice" Non-album single
"Tantrum" 2020 TBA
"Cry"
(featuring Grimes)
To be released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, or charted on a subchart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Mosquito" (Ashnikko Remix)
(with Sente)
2016 Non-album singles
"Not That Girl" (Ashnikko Remix)
(with Girli)
2017
"Pancake"
(with Jaded)
2018 Pancake
"Break My Back"
(with Jarreau Vandal)
Anthology

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[25]
"Working Bitch" 2020 99 Hi, It's Me

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Kiss Kat" 2014 Nightwave Nightlife
"Ballistic" 2017 Nonsens & Trekkie Trax Crew Good Enuff X Trekkie Trax Compilation
"Fever" 2018 Yurrit, Terrell Morris Life Experience, Pt. 1
"Confidence" 2019 Oscar Scheller HTTP404
"R.I.P" Brooke Candy Sexorcism
"Boss Bitch"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2019 UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video - Newcomer "Hi, It's Me" Won [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casey, Ashton Nicole. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ashnikko Drops 'Halloweenie II: Pumpkin Spice' Video". BroadwayWorld.com. October 29, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Ashnikko (October 22, 2019). "Ashnikko - STUPID Feat. Yung Baby Tate (Official Video)". Retrieved November 23, 2019 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Ashnikko". RateYourMusic.
  5. ^ Redação (November 13, 2019). "Americana Ashnikko celebra sucesso de "Stupid", próximo do TOP 200 Globalz". Jornal do Rap (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Spruch, Kirsten (November 4, 2019). "Meet Ashnikko, the Rapper Carving a Lane Of Her Own With 'Stupid'". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Martin, Felicity (August 18, 2018). "Next Wave #862: Ashnikko". Clash Magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Ashnikko signs her first EP to Digital Picnic Records". OddChild Music. February 7, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ashnikko x Raf Riley - KROKODIL". July 31, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2019 – via SoundCloud.
  10. ^ "Sass Pancakes by Ashnikko". Tidal. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ashnikko recruits Raf Riley & Avelino for New Track – Bubblegum". OddChild Music. April 4, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Murray, Robin (November 23, 2018). "Listen: Ashnikko Shares 'Unlikeable' EP". Clash. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  13. ^ Wetmore, Brendan (October 29, 2019). "Miley Cyrus Made a TikTok to Ashnikko With Cody Simpson". PAPER. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "How Ashnikko's 'Stupid' has Just Become Spotify's #1 viral track". Warner Music New Zealand. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Kato, Precious (October 22, 2019). "Ashnikko's Viral Hit "Stupid" Gets a Blood-Soaked Video Treatment". Ones To Watch. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  16. ^ Zhang, Cat (November 13, 2019). "The Anatomy of a TikTok Hit". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 - November 16, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - November 16, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  19. ^ Renshaw, David (October 23, 2019). "Watch Danny Brown call out a male fan for disrespecting support act Ashnikko". The FADER. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ashnikko Drops Video For Viral F*ck You Anthem "Stupid" feat. Yung Baby Tate". MNSTRM MEDIA. October 22, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  21. ^ "Sass Pancakes (EP) by Ashnikko". Apple Music.
  22. ^ "Unlikeable (EP) by Ashnikko". Apple Music.
  23. ^ "Hi, It's Me (EP) by Ashnikko". Apple Music.
  24. ^ "Ashnikko Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  25. ^ a b "Ashnikko Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  26. ^ "Discography Ashnikko". irish-charts.com. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 14, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  28. ^ Kheraj, Alim (October 23, 2019). "stormzy, fka twigs and all the winners from the uk music video awards 2019". i-D. Retrieved November 23, 2019.