Pouya (rapper)

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Pouya
Pouya performing in Brisbane in September 2019
Pouya performing in Brisbane in September 2019
Background information
Birth nameKevin Pouya
Born (1994-12-20) December 20, 1994 (age 26)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitepouya305.com

Kevin Pouya (born December 20, 1994), known mononymously as Pouya, is an American rapper.[2]

Career[edit]

Pouya started rapping seriously in 2011,[3] and dropped out of high school before graduating.[4] For a year after leaving school, he worked as a busboy at a restaurant to make ends meet.[5] He teamed up with childhood friend Fat Nick and the two formed the Buffet Boys, a group that later became their record label. When they were still young, the two had a comedy show on YouTube called The Nick and Pouya Show.[4] Pouya released his first mixtape titled Fuck It in 2012.[5] He gained notoriety after he released the song "Get Buck" in 2013.[6] On November 20, 2013, Pouya released a collaboration EP with The Cool Kids' Sir Michael Rocks titled Gookin'. The two connected after Rocks had moved to Miami.[7]

His fifth solo mixtape Stunna, would be released on May 5, 2014. Elevator Magazine would describe the mixtape as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony influenced, saying "he does a great job of molding their style into his own version with a twist of his own style thrown in there."[8] His next mixtape would be released on March 25, 2015, entitled South Side Slugs. The mixtape would contain guest appearances from Sir Michael Rocks, Denzel Curry, SDotBraddy, Alex Wiley, Fat Nick, Germ and Mikey The Magician.[9] Pouya collaborated with SuicideBoys on an EP, $outh$ide$uicide, that was released on September 1, 2015.[10]

In 2016, he released his debut studio album Underground Underdog under the Buffet Boys label.[11][12] The album peaked at #156 on the Billboard 200.[13] In 2017, he was a featured artist in the song "On Her Mind" by progressive metalcore band Volumes on their album Different Animals.[14][15] That same year, he released a collaboration mixtape with Fat Nick titled Drop Out of School.[16] In 2018 he released his second studio album, titled Five Five.[4][17][18] On June 30, 2019, Pouya released his third studio album titled, The South Got Something to Say. The album included guest appearances from City Morgue, Juicy J and Ghostemane.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Pouya is of Cuban and Persian heritage.[4][20]

Controversy[edit]

Pouya as well as members of his entourage have been accused of sexually assaulting a female fan after a show in Virginia. [21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Underground Underdog (2016)[22]
  • Five Five (2018)[23]
  • The South Got Something to Say (2019)[24]

Extended Plays[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Fuck It (2012)[28]
  • Don't Sleep on Me Hoe (2012)[29]
  • WarBucks (2013) (with SDotBraddy)[30]
  • Gookin (2013) (with Sir Michael Rocks)[31]
  • Stunna (2014)[8]
  • South Side Slugs (2015)[32]
  • Drop Out of School (2017) (with Fat Nick)[33]
  • Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (2019) (with Boobie Lootaveli)[34]
  • Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (2020) (with Boobie Lootaveli)[34]
  • Drop Out of School 2 (2020) (with Fat Nick)[35]

Singles[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
2017 Volumes featuring Pouya "On Her Mind" Different Animals[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pouya & Xavier Wulf Exhibit Southern Hip-Hop Prowess on New Cut "Whatever Mane"". HYPEBEAST. November 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pouya Raps On Living With Anxiety". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ "Pouya Working on New Album, 'South Side Suicide 2' Mixtape With SuicideBoys - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ a b c d Santiago, Lily. "What You Need to Know About Pouya & Young Baby Coco". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  5. ^ a b "Pouya's New Album Did Far Better Than Anyone Expected". The Odyssey Online. March 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pouya". HotNewHipHop.
  7. ^ a b "Sir Michael Rocks Teams Up With New Neighbor Pouya For The Low-Key "Gookin" EP". Complex.
  8. ^ a b "Pouya "Stunna" (mixtape)". 5 March 2014.
  9. ^ Citrus (25 March 2015). "Pouya - South Side Slugs [Mixtape]".
  10. ^ "$outh $ide $uicide by $UICIDEBOY$ & Pouya". Genius.
  11. ^ 0/1000CLOSE (2016-04-29). "Stream Pouya's Album "Underground Underdog"". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  12. ^ "5 Essential Hip-Hop Albums You Slept On In 2016". NPR. 2016-12-17. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  13. ^ "Pouya". Billboard. 2016-05-21. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  14. ^ a b "Volumes "On Her Mind" Feat. Pouya". The Circle Pit. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Volumes Debut New Song "On Her Mind", Pouya Guests". theprp.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Stream Pouya and Fat Nick's 'Drop Out of School' Album - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  17. ^ "Pouya Shares Five Five Tour Dates - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  18. ^ "Pouya Shares Release Date and Tracklist for New 'Five Five' Album - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  19. ^ https://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX- (June 30, 2019). "Pouya Drops "The South Got Something To Say" Album Featuring Juicy J, City Morgue & More". HipHopDX.
  20. ^ Preezy. "17 Rappers With Latin Roots Who Made Noise in 2017 - XXL". XXL Mag.
  21. ^ https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-soundcloud-rap-jokester-accused-of-sexual-assault
  22. ^ "Stream Pouya's Album "Underground Underdog"". HotNewHipHop.
  23. ^ "Pouya Is Well Represented On New Tape "Five Five"". HotNewHipHop.
  24. ^ "Pouya Switches Up His Style On New Album "The South Got Something To Say"". HotNewHipHop.
  25. ^ "Baby Bone, by Pouya". Pouya.
  26. ^ "Baby Bone by Pouya". Genius.
  27. ^ "South Side Suicide" – via open.spotify.com.
  28. ^ "Fuck It by Pouya". Genius.
  29. ^ "Don't Sleep On Me Hoe by Pouya". Genius.
  30. ^ "Warbucks Mixtape by SDotBraddy & Pouya Hosted by NODJ". www.datpiff.com.
  31. ^ "Sir Michael Rocks & Pouya - Gookin' (Mixtape)". www.hypebeast.com.
  32. ^ "South Side Slugs by Pouya". Genius.
  33. ^ "Pouya & Fat Nick - Drop Out Of School [Album Stream]". HotNewHipHop.
  34. ^ a b "Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli Drop "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3"". HotNewHipHop.
  35. ^ "Pouya & Fat Nick Are Back With Short & Sweet "Drop Out Of School 2"". HotNewHipHop.