Pouya (rapper)

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Pouya
Pouya performing in 2019
Pouya performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameKevin Pouya
Born (1994-12-20) December 20, 1994 (age 27)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels
  • All But 6
Websitepouya305.com

Kevin Pouya (born December 20, 1994), known mononymously as Pouya, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida.[1] Considered as a pioneer of the early underground rap scene that began on SoundCloud in 2012,[2] along with discovering the well known hip-hop duo Suicideboys in their early career,[3] Pouya has developed a long lasting core fanbase as an independent artist.

Early life[edit]

As a teenager, Pouya and his best friend Nicholas Minucci (known professionally as "Fat Nick") had a YouTube comedy channel called NICK AND POUYA SHOW.[4] While mostly being comedy sketches, the videos also served as mini vlogs for the friends. Travelling around the local neighborhoods in Miami, they would often feature other friends in the videos, including future rapper Denzel Curry and the group RVIDXR KLVN.[5]

Pouya dropped out of high school in his sophomore year.[6] He worked cleaning toilets at a restaurant for a year before finding success in music.[7]

Career[edit]

Pouya started rapping seriously around 2011,[8] and after debuting a freestyle with local Florida rapper Nell titled Shotz From The Double Glock,[9][7] began releasing music frequently. Again staying close with childhood friend Fat Nick, the two formed the Buffet Boys, a group that later became their record label. He gained notoriety after he released the song "Get Buck" in 2013, which as of June 2022 has over 13 million video views.[10] 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.[11]

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."[12] 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.[13] Pouya collaborated with Suicideboys on an EP, $outh $ide $uicide, that was released on September 1, 2015.[14]

In 2016, he released his debut studio album Underground Underdog under the Buffet Boys label.[15][16] The album peaked at #156 on the Billboard 200.[17] In 2017, he was a featured artist in the song "On Her Mind" by progressive metalcore band Volumes on their album Different Animals.[18][19] That same year, he released a collaboration mixtape with Fat Nick titled Drop Out of School.[20] In 2018 he released his second studio album, titled Five Five.[6][21][22] 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.[23]

In December 2020, Pouya collaborated with Fat Nick to release Drop Out of School 2.[24] Pouya's fourth studio album Blood Was Never Thick As Water was released on October 22, 2021. The title comes from a lyric in the closing song to the album, and features rapper Denzel Curry and singer Lu.[25] In February 2022, he released the extended play dirt/hurt/pain/.[26] It would be the last project by Pouya to be released under Buffet Boys.

In March 2022, Pouya along with other Buffet Boys members, announced that the label would be disbanding indefinitely.[27] Not long after, they announced their new label All But 6 Records.

Personal life[edit]

Pouya is of Cuban and Persian heritage.[6][28]

Pouya has been in a longtime relationship with internet personality and entrepreneur Courtney Neville (known professionally as "Young Baby Coco") since 2017.[29]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
200

[30]
US
Ind.

[31]
Underground Underdog[32] 156 12
Five Five[33]
  • Released: March 5, 2018
  • Label: Buffet Boys
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
31
The South Got Something to Say[34]
Blood Was Never Thick As Water[35]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Baby Bone (2013)[36]
  • Gookin' (2013) (w/ Sir Michael Rocks)[37]
  • $outh $ide $uicide (2015) (w/ $uicideboy$)[38]
  • Pouya x Germ x Shakewell EP (2015) (w/ Germ & Shakewell)
  • Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (2020) (w/ Boobie Lootaveli)
  • Drop Out of School 2 (2020) (w/ Fat Nick)
  • Dirt/Hurt/Pain (2022)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Fuck It (2012)
  • Don't Sleep On Me Hoe (2012)
  • WarBucks (2013) (w/ SDotBraddy)
  • Stunna (2014)
  • South Side Slugs (2015)
  • Drop Out of School (2017) (w/ Fat Nick)
  • Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (2019) (w/ Boobie Lootaveli)[39]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Certifications Album
"Shotz from the Double Glock" (featuring Nell) 2012 Don't Sleep On Me Hoe
"Get Buck" 2013 Baby Bone
"IndigoB" (w/ Sdotbraddy & Denzel Curry) WarBucks
"Fuck Yo Family" 2014 Non-album single
"Stunna" Stunna
"Buck Shot" Non-album single
"Suicidal Thoughts in the Back of the Cadillac" 2015 South Side Slugs
"Fuck Yuh Moms" (featuring Germ, Bodega Bamz & Tanboy Luka) Non-album singles
"Lil Wayne 1999" (featuring Fat Nick & Shakewell) 2016
"Lil Wayne 2001" (featuring Shakewell)
"Lil Wayne 2002" (featuring Shakewell)
"Terminal Sex" (w/ Shakewell)
"We All Not Shit"
"Middle of the Mall" (w/ Fat Nick) Drop Out of School
"Torch" (w/ Fat Nick) 2017
"Death by Dishonor" (w/ Ghostemane & Shakewell) Non-album singles
"1000 Rounds" (w/ Ghostemane)
"2000 Rounds" (w/ Ghostemane)
"Hate on Me" (w/ Fat Nick)
"Daddy Issues" FIVE FIVE
"Suicidal Thoughts in the Back of the Cadillac, Pt. 2"
"Handshakes" 2018
"Gas" (w/ Barloe Team) Non-album singles
"Stick Out" (w/ Ghostemane)
"Sit Ups" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli) Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
"Florida Thang" The South Got Something to Say
"Superman is Dead" 2019
"Pe$os" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli) Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
"The Night Survives Again" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli) Non-album single
"Six Speed" (featuring Juicy J) The South Got Something to Say
"Bulletproof Shower Cap" (w/ City Morgue)
"Whatever Mane" (w/ Xavier Wulf)
"life? ... lol" (w/ Rocci)
"Bitch, Park Backwards" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli) 2020 Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
"Get Money (Take Money)" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli)
"Florida's Finest" (w/ Danny Towers) Non-album singles
"Muddy Waters" (w/ Boobie Lootaveli)
"Who Am I to Blame?"
"Wrong Place, Right Time" (w/ SDotBraddy)
"It's Over" (w/ Rocci)
"Static" (w/ Fat Nick) Drop Out of School 2
"Lord of the Flies" (w/ KxllSwxtch) 2021 Non-album single
"Leave Me Alone" Blood Was Never Thick As Water
"Walk In" (w/ Lu)
"The First Step of Becoming God Is a Bottle to the Face"
"Burn" (w/ KxllSwxtch) Non-album singles
"Florida Boy Do Your Dance!"
"Wig Split" (w/ Denzel Curry) Blood Was Never Thick As Water
"Pouya Turns 27" (w/ Mikey the Magician) Non-album single
"Never Enough" (w/ Lu) 2022 Dirt/Hurt/Pain
"Seven Figure Habits" (w/ Fat Nick) Non-album singles
"Pissy" (w/ South Strip)
"Kota" (w/ South Strip)
"FMZ" (w/ All But 6 & Mikey the Magician)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"What Can I Do" 2012 Lil WooFy WooF, Nell 90s Mentality '94
"Bone Verses" Nell
"Breathe" 2013 Bones LivingLegend
"Rare Boys" Fat Nick, Mikey the Magician Buffet Boys
"Hush Dat A$$" IndigoChildRick
"Paper Soldiers" 2014 Black Smurf Hustle God
"Drop Em' Off" Fat Nick, Germ The Heart Attack
"Pull Up" Yung Simmie Raider Klan Presents: Shut Up and Vibe 2
"Kill Switch" Sir Michael Rocks, Robb Bank$ Banco
"Half Bae" 2015 Robb Bank$ Year of the Savage
"Droppin Bodies" 2016 Don Krez, Bodega Bamz, Fat Nick
"Fuck You" Germ Bad Shit
"Hypnotize" Mikey the Magician, Germ Manifest
"ELDORADO" Ramirez, Shakewell The Mystical Warlock
"Frontline" Don Krez, Issa Gold, Getter
"TTYL (Remix)" Fat Nick, $uicideboy$, Sir Michael Rocks, Robb Bank$ When the Lean Runs Out
"Slifer the Sky Dragon" Yung Yogi
"Nina" Fat Nick
"Buff Squad" Ramirez, Germ, Shakewell
"BREAKDALAW2K16" $uicideboy$ Eternal Grey
"Dat Stick (Remix)" Rich Brian, Ghostface Killah
"Is that a leprechaun" Ramirez
"On Her Mind" 2017 Volumes Different Animals[18][19]
"Sound of '94" Rojas On The Beat, Project Pat
"Good Fellas" Craig Xen, Shakewell Voltage
"10 Homies" 2018 Shakewell Big Juice tha Sip
"Wet Em Up" 2019 Germ GERM HAS A DEATHWISH
"Liquid Sunshine" Ramirez Son of Serpentine
"The Boys Are Back in Town" Yung Gravy, Ramirez, TrippythaKid Sensational
"That's My Baby" Yung Pinch Back 2 the Beach
"Sunday" Danny Towers Tarantula
"Outlawz" 2020 Terror Reid Hot Vodka 1
"Gold Thangs & Pinky Rangs (Da Hooptie)" Ramirez, Shakewell THA PLAYA$ MANUAL
"Zit" 2021 Jasiah War
"Put It In My Pocket" 2022 Boobie Lootaveli LIFE ON OUR TERMS
"Ya Se Nada Es Perfecto" Rocci, Ramirez, Lu ChaMEleon
"Bacon, Eggs, and Grits" Ramirez The Tragedy of a Clown


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