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|Birth name||Simmie Sims III|
|Born||September 10, 1993|
Compton, California, U.S.
Simmie Sims III (born September 10, 1993), known professionally as Buddy, is an American rapper, singer, dancer and actor from Compton, California. Previously on Pharrell Williams' I Am OTHER label, he is now signed to Cool Lil Company/RCA Records.
Introduced to gospel and soul by his father, a preacher and choir director, he began his performance career at age seven by starring in plays and musicals including The Wiz, Oliver With a Twist, and Dreamgirls at Amazing Grace Conservatory. "I grew up as a full-fledged entertainer rather than just somebody trying to rap about stuff," he has said about that experience. When the school became too expensive he withdrew, later attending a high school performing arts program in Long Beach, California.
2009–2015: Career beginnings and signing to Star Trak
As a teenager he began recording his own material. In 2009, he got a break when TV music supervisor Scott Vener showed Pharrell Williams an early effort by the 15-year-old Buddy. Impressed, Pharrell began to work with the teenager, and signed him to his i am OTHER creative collective and record label. When Buddy was 18, he scored an underground hit with "Awesome Awesome," produced by The Neptunes with Pharrell making an appearance in the video.
In 2014, continuing to work with Pharrell, he released his debut mixtape, Idle Time, which featured Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Freddie Gibbs, Robin Thicke, Sir Michael Rocks, and others, with production from Pharrell Williams, Chuck Inglish, Boi-1da, Cardo, Blaq, and Polyester among others.
2016–17: Ocean & Montana and Magnolia
In November 2016 he put out his own single, "Shine," produced by Mike & Keys and DJ Khalil. It was premiered by hip-hop/R&B tastemaker Carl Chery, with a video directed by Andy Hines featuring a cameo from Nipsey Hussle. The song garnered over 2.7 million streams on Spotify, 12 million on Apple Music, and nearly half a million views on YouTube. Buddy described the single as "a ghetto hymn acknowledging inevitable death while showing gratitude for abundant life." On August 17, he released his second EP Magnolia which included features from Boogie, Wiz Khalifa, and Kent Jamz.
His EP Ocean & Montana, produced by the Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer Kaytranada, was released May 19, 2017 by Cool LIL Company. It featured the single "Find Me." The EP's title refers to the intersection in Santa Monica where he lived, sought inspiration, and began collaborating with Kaytranada after leaving his parents' home.
He released his debut full-length album Harlan & Alondra on Cool Lil Company/RCA Records on July 20, 2018. It includes the singles "Black" feat. A$AP Ferg, "Trouble on Central," "Hey Up There" feat. Ty Dolla $ign, and "Trippin'" feat. Khalid. His aim, he has said, was "to paint a well-rounded portrait of my home city", Los Angeles.
|Ocean & Montana
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Hey Up There" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)||2018||38||Harlan & Arlondra|
|"Trippin'" (featuring Khalid)||—|
|"Black" (featuring A$AP Ferg)||—|
|"Dope Dealer"||2012||Reese||Reese vs. The World II|
|"Dangerous"||Chuck Inglish, Jane Jupiter|
|"Song to Fuck To"||YMTK, Royce the Choice||MPL 2: Murphy Pan's Labyrinth|
|"Elevators"||2014||Chuck Inglish, Polyester the Saint||Convertibles|
|"Status Symbol"||Nipsey Hussle||Mailbox Money|
|"New Money"||2015||N/A||Dope (Music From The Motion Picture)|
|"Man Down"||2016||BJ the Chicago Kid, Constantine||In My Mind|
|"Church"||BJ the Chicago Kid, Chance the Rapper|
|"This Is Your Moment"||DJ Quik, Problem, Wiz Khalifa, JP Cali Smoov||Rosecrans|
|"I Swear"||Warm Brew||Diagnosis|
|"Status Symbol 2"||Nipsey Hussle||Slauson Boy 2|
|"Way Hii"||ASAP Mob, ASAP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, BJ the Chicago Kid||Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends|
|"Could You Be Love"||2017||Moxie Raia||1996|
|"Pullup"||Cousin Stizz||One Night Only|
|"In-N-Out"||Budgie, Chris O'Bannon, Emmavie||The Good Book Vol. 2|
|"CPT"||Budgie, Jay Worthy|
|"Status Symbol 3"||2018||Nipsey Hussle||Victory Lap|
|"Lowkey"||Cosmo's Midnight||What Comes Next|
- Esteban Serrano / Freddie Jackson, "PHARRELL-SIGNED RAPPER BUDDY TALKS 'SHINE' VIDEO & NEW ALBUM: 'I JUST FEEL LIKE A LIGHT WALKING AROUND'," Fuse, 21 November 2016 (retrieved 22 May 2017)
- XXL Staff, "Pharrell Introduces His New Artist Buddy, Premieres Video," XXL Magazine, 20 October 2011 (retrieved 19 May 2017)
- Rose Lilah, "Buddy - Staircases Feat. Kendrick Lamar (Prod. By Pharrell) (New Song)," Hot New Hiphop, 28 March 2012 (retrieved 19 May 2017)
- Rose Lilah, "Buddy - Idle Time (New Mixtape)," Hot New HipHop, 24 February 2014 (retrieved 18 May 2017)
- Lakin Starling, "Buddy Wants To Beam While He’s Still Here In The “Shine” Video," The Fader, 15 November 2016 (retrieved 19 May 2017)
- Lakin Starling, "Buddy Floats In His Quest For Solace In The "Find Me" Video," The Fader, 19 May 2017 (retrieved 19 May 2017)
- Wandera Hussein, "Joey Bada$$ Announces Amerikkkana Tour Dates," Billboard, 15 Feb 2018 (retrieved 24 July 2018)
- Hussein, Wandera (July 9, 2018). "Listen to Buddy's new song "Trippin" with Khalid". The Fader. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
- "Buddy Chart History: Rhythmic 40". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2018.