Silentó

Richard Lamar "Ricky" Hawk[3] (born January 22 1998), better known as Silentó (/ˈslənt/) or Prince Silentó, is an American rapper and singer.[4] He is best known for his debut single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", which charted at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. He later released a project titled Fresh Outta High School in August 2018 after some delay. He is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia.[5] On February 1, 2021, he was arrested in DeKalb County and charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin, Frederick Rooks.

Silentó
Silentó in 2018
Silentó in 2018
Background information
Birth nameRichard Lamar Hawk
Born(1998-01-22)January 22, 1998
Stone Mountain, Georgia, U.S.
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
Years active2015–2021
Associated acts
Websitesilentoworld.com
Criminal statusIncarcerated, awaiting trial[1]
Criminal chargeFelony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, criminal possession of a weapon[2]

CareerEdit

Silentó's debut single, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", made with Bolo Da Producer, was released on his YouTube channel on June 25, 2015.[6] Over the course of one week, it gained over 2.5 million views. After making the song when he was 17 years old in his basement and having already garnered more than 100,000 streams on SoundCloud, A&R Executive Alex Wilhelm approached and signed him to Capitol Records.[7] They then released the track as a single with an accompanying music video. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. In June 2015, Silentó performed at the BET Awards, alongside the cast of the show Black-ish.[8]

He also performed the hit single on December 31, 2016, in Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.[9] On August 3, 2018, Silentó released his first album, Fresh Outta High School, which was originally scheduled to be released on May 25. He later released Fresh Outta High School Part 2 on November 29, 2018. In between his two arrests, on September 3, 2020, a video surfaced of what was allegedly Silentó anally masturbating on Twitter. However, the identity of the man in the video was later revealed to be of a Twitter user by the name of @DaDon21xxx.[10]

Legal issuesEdit

On August 28, 2020, he was arrested following a domestic disturbance. After being charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant he was released. The following day he was again arrested in Valley Village, Los Angeles after walking into a random home wielding a hatchet while looking for his girlfriend.[11]

Silentó was arrested again on October 23, 2020. Police charged him with speeding and reckless driving, alleging that he had been going 143 mph on Interstate 85.[12]

Murder chargeEdit

On February 1, 2021, he was arrested in DeKalb County and charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin. Police responded to a shots fired call on January 21 at around 3:30 a.m. in the Panthersville area, and he was booked into the DeKalb jail on one count of murder.[13] He was indicted in August on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.[14]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

Title Album details
Fresh Outta High School[15]
  • Released: August 3, 2018
  • Label: BB&R Enterprises
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Fresh Outta High School 2[16]
  • Released: December 7, 2018
  • Label: BB&R Enterprises
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Skyrolyrics
  • Released: October 14, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Bars Behind Bars
  • Released: March 13, 2021
  • Label: BB&R Enterprises
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Extended playsEdit

Title EP details
SilentóMOB: The Doctor's Exclusive
  • Released: May 10, 2019
  • Label: BB&R Enterprises
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of charted singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
AUS
[18]
CAN
[19]
DEN
[20]
FRA
[21]
GER
[22]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" 2015 3 9 15 16 19 50 11 52 41 19 Non-album single
"No Sense"[32] 2020 Bars Behind Bars

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
Dance

[33]
AUS
[18]
NZ
[23]
DEN
[34]
NOR
[35]
SWE
[24]
"Lightning in a Bottle"[36]
(Sunny featuring Silentó)
2015 Non-album single
"Dessert"
(Dawin featuring Silentó)
68 5 7 6 17 Dessert
"Girl in the Mirror"[40]
(Sophia Grace featuring Silentó)
2016 Non-album singles
"Emoji"[41]
(Sicko Mobb featuring Silentó)
"Spotlight"[42]
(Samuel featuring Silentó)
"Slide"[43]
(ELS featuring Silentó)
2017
"Like It Like It"
(Marcus & Martinus featuring Silentó)
16 48 Moments

Promotional singlesEdit

List of singles
Title Year Album
"Get Em"[44] 2016 Non-album single

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Volcano" 2015 The Vamps Wake Up
"Juicy Fruit" 2018 Night & Day (Day Edition)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result ref
2015 Teen Choice Awards Rap/Hip-Hop Track "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" Nominated
MTV Video Music Award Song of the Summer
Soul Train Music Awards Best Dance Performance Won [45]
2016 Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Nominated
2016 BET Awards YoungStar Award Nominated
2017 26th Seoul Music Awards Global Collaboration Award "Spotlight" w/Punch Won [46]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Rapper Silento indicted on murder charge in cousin's shooting death".
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  6. ^ Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (audio) on YouTube
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  8. ^ "The kids from Black-ish had the best time at the BET Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "New Year's Eve 2017: Times Square live ball drop and how to watch celebration online". nj.com. December 31, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Silentó viral photo is a case of mistaken identity". Sandra Rose. September 7, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Woods, Aleia (September 3, 2020). "Silento Arrested After Walking Into Random Family's House With a Hatchet Looking for His Girlfriend". XXL. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Atlanta rapper Silento arrested after driving 143 mph on I-85, police say". WSBTV. October 25, 2020.
  13. ^ Hollis, Henri (February 1, 2021). "Atlanta rapper Silento charged with murdering his cousin in DeKalb". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  14. ^ Li, David K. (August 17, 2021). "Rapper Silento indicted by Georgia grand jury for murder of his cousin". NBC News. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
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  31. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
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  33. ^ "Dawin – Chart history (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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  35. ^ Steffen Hung (May 4, 2015). "Discography Silentó". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
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  37. ^ "American single certifications – Dawin – Dessert". Recording Industry Association of America". Retrieved October 29, 2016.
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  40. ^ "Girl in the Mirror (feat. Silento) – Single by Sophia Grace". iTunes. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  41. ^ "Emoji (feat. Silentó)". iTunes. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  42. ^ "Spotlight – Single by Punch". iTunes.
  43. ^ "Slide (feat. Silentó) – Single by ELS". iTunes. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  44. ^ "Get Em – Single". iTunes. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  45. ^ "Winners". BET.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  46. ^ "Watch Performances from the '26th Seoul Music Awards'!". allkpop.com. Retrieved August 15, 2017.