YBN Nahmir

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YBN Nahmir
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YBN Nahmir performing at a concert in 2018
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Simmons
Born (1999-12-18) December 18, 1999 (age 18)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Origin Birmingham, Alabama
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2014–present
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts YBN
Website www.y-b-n.com

Nicholas Simmons (born December 18, 1999), known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American rapper and songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama.[1][2] He is best known for his singles "Rubbin Off the Paint" which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and "Bounce Out With That" peaking at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[3]

He founded the YBN collective which has artists YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Cordae[4]

Early life[edit]

Simmons was born on December 18, 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was raised in a home with his mother, cousins and aunt.[5] His older brothers and cousins generally would get involved in acts of criminality which influenced Simmons growing up.[6] Simmons attended Clay-Chalkville High School though was pulled out following the success of "Rubbin Off the Paint".[7]

Simmons' interest in music started when he was fourteen years old and was gifted an Xbox 360 for Christmas.[5] Simmons began to play the video game Rock Band (which he would later use to record his first song.)[8] and eventually moved to playing Grand Theft Auto V and then started recording gameplay videos where he would generate a following on YouTube.[9] During his time playing Grand Theft Auto V, Simmons would freestyle in Xbox Live parties and alongside numerous other friends, established the Young Boss Niggas collective.[10] Before producing his own music, Simmons would listen to San Francisco Bay Area rapper like E-40 and credits his style to him.[10]

Career[edit]

YBN Nahmir in April 2017 at the age of 17.

Simmons formed the hip hop collective YBN (an acronym for Young Boss Niggas) in Birmingham, Alabama in 2014 composed by him, YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae, YBN Glizzy, YBN Manny, YBN Walker, YBN Nicky Baandz, YBN Malik, YBN Carl and YBN Dayday.[11]

Simmons uploaded his first song onto YouTube when he was fifteen with fellow YBN member, YBN Almighty Jay. The song, titled "Hood Mentality" was uploaded on March 21, 2015 to barely any reception.[10][12] Simmons uploaded several more songs to YouTube before releasing his first mixtape on January 2, 2017 titled Believe In The Glo on Soundcloud.[13] Simmons uploaded his second mixtape to SoundCloud on January 21, 2017.[14] The first song that Simmons released that got above fifty thousand Soundcloud plays was titled "Why" and according to Simmons, was partly due to being a diss track to numerous Birmingham rappers.[6]

Simmons released "Rubbin Off the Paint" on September 18, 2017 to WorldStarHipHop's YouTube channel.[15] The song quickly went viral with Simmons explaining it as "blowing up overnight."[16] After the success of the song, Simmons was pulled out of school due to his exceptional popularity and forced to start online classes.[5] The song debuted at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100[17] and peaked at 46.[18]

In November 2017, Simmons was involved in controversy following his song being claimed by a record label after his manager sold the instrumental for the song to a third-party.[19] In response, Simmons now has an in-house producer for his instrumentals who is a member of the YBN collective.[5] Simmons released six more tracks in 2017, all failing to chart.

On January 23, 2018, Simmons released "Bounce Out With That" on Lyrical Lemonade's YouTube channel.[20] The song wasn't available on streaming services for up to three days after the release of the music video. The song has accumulated over 100 million views on YouTube after its release.[21]

In April 2018, Simmons signed with Atlantic Records.[22] He was later named as one of the members of XXL's "2018 Freshman Class" on June 12, 2018, competing in a cypher with Stefflon Don and Wifisfuneral.[23]

On July 13, 2018 Simmons announced via Twitter he will do a Tour in Europe in the fall 2018 with YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Cordae.[24] They will visit France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and more.[25] The collective YBN will release YBN: The Mixtape in 2018 with Gucci Mane, Machine Gun Kelly and Lil Skies, between others.[26]

Musical style[edit]

Simmons lists his main influences as rappers from the San Francisco Bay Area such as E-40.[10] Talking on his influences in an interview with Billboard, Simmons stated that the lack of mainstream rappers from Birmingham made him listen to more artists from the West Coast such as Eazy-E and Tupac.[27][28]

The Fader has compared Simmons' style to that of Bay Area rappers, saying that his rap flow and slang are influenced and sound similar to artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.[5] Talking on his style, Simmons said "I'm not a mumble rapper either. I speak the facts. Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti speak that party hot-shit. It's that Atlanta type of style. My sound is inventive."[29]

Personal life[edit]

Simmons currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[27] Speaking on his high school education, Simmons says that following his withdrawal from traditional high school, he has since fallen behind in his online classes but he still plans to graduate.[7] He graduated from Clay-Chalkville High School in Clay, Alabama in May 2018.[30] He is dating Sahlt.[31]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
CAN
[32]
Believe in the Glo
#YBN
  • Released: 2017[34]
  • Format: Digital download
YBN: The Mixtape
(with YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Cordae)
  • Released: September 7, 2018[35]
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
19

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[36]
US
R&B/HH

[37]
US
Rap

[38]
CAN
[39]
"Rubbin Off the Paint" 2017 46 17 15 85
"Popped Up"
"Bail Out"[41]
"No Hook"
(with YBN Almighty Jay)[42]
"The Race"[43] (Tay-K remix)
"Glizzy Hella Geekin"[44]
"I Got a Stick"[45]
"Bounce Out with That"[46] 2018 [A] 47 76
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[48]
US
R&B/HH

[49]
CAN
[50]
"1942"
(G-Eazy featuring Yo Gotti and YBN Nahmir)
2018 70 29 90 Uncle Drew

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bounce Out with That" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[47]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plante, Corey (November 29, 2017). "YBN Nahmir Has Got Bad News About 'Rick and Morty'". Inverse. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know Now". Rolling Stone. November 22, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Penrose, Nerisha (November 15, 2017). "YBN Nahmir Details Drama Behind Viral Hit 'Rubbin Off the Paint'". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet all the members of YBN, a new kind of internet rap clique". thefader.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Kochhar, Nazuk (October 18, 2017). "How YBN Nahmir went from gamer kid to rising rapper". The Fader. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b No Jumper (November 22, 2017). YBN NAHMIR EXPOSED (YouTube). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  7. ^ a b REAL 92.3 LA (December 4, 2017). YBN Nahmir Talks Going To Prom, Sleeping w/ 30 Year Olds, "Rubbin Off The Paint" (YouTube). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "YBN Nahmir's "Rubbin Off The Paint" Is About To Be Your New Favorite Song, Meet The 17 Year Old Rapper In His First Interview". The Masked Gorilla. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  9. ^ CapGod 1 (August 22, 2017). GTA 5 SCHOOL KIDS #56 (YBN Nahmir) (YouTube). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d C.M., Emmanuel (November 24, 2017). "The Break Presents: YBN Nahmir". XXL Mag. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (24 May 2018). "Meet all the members of YBN, a new kind of internet rap clique". The Fader. Wondersauce. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Nahmir (March 26, 2015), Nahmir x Almighty Jay - Hood Mentality, retrieved January 30, 2018
  13. ^ "Believe In The Glo". SoundCloud. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  14. ^ YBN, retrieved January 30, 2018
  15. ^ WORLDSTARHIPHOP (September 18, 2017), YBN Nahmir "Rubbin Off The Paint" (Prod. by Izak) (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video), retrieved January 30, 2018
  16. ^ "Hot 100 Q&A: 18-Year-Old Rapper YBN Nahmir on How Cartoons Inspired His Breakthrough Hit". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Songs By N.E.R.D. & Rihanna, YBN Nahmir, More Debut On Billboard Hot 100". Headline Planet. November 14, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "YBN Nahmir Details Drama Behind Viral Hit 'Rubbin Off the Paint'". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "YBN Nahmir Drops Cole Bennett Directed "Bounce Out With That"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  21. ^ "Bounce out With That" from Bounce out With That - Single by YBN Nahmir on iTunes, January 26, 2018, retrieved January 30, 2018
  22. ^ jbanks (April 25, 2018). "YBN Nahmir On Recording With His Xbox Headset, Signing to Atlantic Records & More!". Power 106. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  23. ^ "XXL 2018 Freshman Class Revealed". XXL. June 12, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  24. ^ Berry, Peter A. (July 13, 2018). "YBN Nahmir Shares Dates for European Tour". XXL Mag. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  25. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (September 1, 2018). "YBN Nahmir and Instagram Star Sahlt Spark Dating Rumors". XXL Mag. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  26. ^ Espinoza, Joshua (7 September 2018). "YBN Crew Releases New Mixtape f/ Gucci Mane, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Skies, and More". Complex. Complex Media, Inc. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "YBN Nahmir Premieres New Song 'Popped Up,' Talks Surprise 'Rubbin Off the Paint' Success". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Meet YBN Nahmir: Alabama's "Rubbin Off The Paint" Star". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  29. ^ Saponara, Michael (December 4, 2017). "YBN Nahmir Premieres New Song 'Popped Up,' Talks Surprise 'Rubbin Off the Paint', Featured in the song, Nahmir Indeed Confirms that Rocking With his shooters is indeed mandatory to his standardz Success". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  30. ^ Boyd, Jared (December 21, 2017). "Viral Birmingham rapper YBN Nahmir hosts Christmas toy giveaway with local radio station". Al.com.
  31. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (1 September 2018). "YBN Nahmir and Instagram Celebrity Sahlt Spark Dating Rumors". XXL Mag. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  32. ^ "Billboard Canadian Albums". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  33. ^ "Believe In The Glo". MixTape Monkey. 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  34. ^ "#YBN". MixTape Monkey. 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  35. ^ "YBN: The Mixtape by YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  36. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  37. ^ Peak chart positions:
  38. ^ "Hot Rap Songs: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  39. ^ Peak chart positions:
  40. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  41. ^ "Bail Out - Single by YBN Nahmir on Apple Music". Dec 8, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  42. ^ "No Hook - Single by YBN Nahmir & YBN Almighty Jay". Dec 8, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  43. ^ "The Race - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 26, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  44. ^ "Glizzy Hella Geekin - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 25, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  45. ^ "I Got a Stick - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 25, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  46. ^ "YBN Nahmir Drops Cole Bennett Directed "Bounce Out With That"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  47. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100: Mar 10, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  48. ^ "G-Eazy - Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  49. ^ "G-Eazy - Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  50. ^ "G-Eazy – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.

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