In recent years, Hip Hop has welcomed a host of new generation rappers and singers who have reshaped the very definition of the cultural landscape of the music genre. From Migos to Fetty Wap and to Desiigner, their artistic style has not only expanded the popularity of the genre but given life to a new set of rappers. Much of their style has been controversially received but has undoubtedly increased the influence of Hip Hop in the music industry as a whole.
Desiigner, in particular, has been one of the leading figures in the popularity of what has termed ‘mumble rap’, driven by songs like Panda, which he released in 2016 to global reception.
In this article, we take a closer look at who he is, his career thus far and everything you need to know about Sidney Royel Selby III aka Desiigner.
Desiigner – Biography, Age
The man who would one day been known to the rest of the world as Desiigner was born as Sidney Royel Selby III on the 3rd of May, 1997 in Brooklyn, New York.
His decision to go into music came off a life-changing incident at the age of 14 when he gots shot after getting mixed up with a bad crowd. That decision metamorphized into a stage name and a debut track, Zombie Walk which was released in December 2015.
His hit single, Panda, which was one of the biggest songs in 2016 was released on the music platform, SoundCloud on the 15th of December, 2015 and was re-released in February 2016 on major streaming platforms, following the popularity of the song.
This popularity and the talent he was considered to possess earned him a record deal with GOOD Music, a label owned by fellow rapper, Kanye West. Along with the record deal came several other milestones, including making the XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class in June 2016 and performing at one of the biggest music festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW).
Desiigner kicked things up a notch in the same year and released his first major music project, a mixtape titled New English. He followed it up with an Extended Project (EP) in May 2018.
So far, Desiigner’s career is in an upward trajectory and he has already had a couple of award nominations to show for it, including nominations from the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards a couple more.
Desiigner’s Net Worth
When he was 19, he released a song that went on to top the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat hundreds of artists never achieve over the course of their career. Since then, he has signed on to one of Hip Hop biggest labels, gone on tours, been featured on other hit songs. As a result, been able to accrue a net worth in the region of $5 million.
At the moment, the young rapper appears to be enjoying all the benefits that come from being rich, famous and single. Although, Desiigner has been rumored to be in a relationship with Hip Hop veteran rapper, Lil Kim. The rumors began in 2016 following an electrifying award show performance together and even more intimate Instagram picture after. The relationship has never been confirmed and so far, Desiigner is very much a single man.
While things are much quiet in his romantic relationship, he is quite loud and proud to share his familial relationships; the rapper brought his mother as his date to the Grammy Awards, expressing his love and bond with his family for the world to see.
Where Is He From?
While Desiigner was born to parents of Afro-Barbadian and African American origins, giving him an ancestry that can be traced all the way to the Island of Barbados, being born and raised in Brooklyn can be said to be the defining origins of the rapper.
The rapper grew up in New York, the city that has been home to several hip-hop icons. He grew up living in housing projects in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and got his early introduction to music in school and in the church as a member of the choir.
Just like his style of rap, Desiigner equally stands out as a rapper with his height. At 6 feet 4 inches, he has a height that wouldn’t go amiss in an NBA locker room. Along with the height is a slim build that amounts to a body weight of 92kg.