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Nicholas "Nick" 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 single "Rubbin Off the Paint", which charted at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]

YBN Nahmir
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YBN Nahmir performing in 2018
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Simmons
Born (1999-12-18) December 18, 1999 (age 18)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Origin Birmingham, Alabama
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2016–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Associated acts YBN (collective)


Early lifeEdit

Simmons was born on December 18, 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was raised in a home with his mother, cousins and aunt.[4] His older brothers and cousins generally would get involved in acts of criminality which influenced Simmons growing up.[5] Simmons attended Clay-Chalkville High School though was pulled out following the success of "Rubbin Off the Paint".[6]

Simmons' interest in music started when he was fourteen years old and was gifted an Xbox 360 for Christmas.[4] Simmons began to play the video game Rock Band (which he would later use to record his first song.)[7] and eventually moved to playing Grand Theft Auto V and then started recording gameplay videos where he would generate a following on YouTube.[8] During his time playing Grand Theft Auto V, Simmons would freestyle in Xbox Live parties and alongside numerous other friends, established the YBN ("Young Boss Niggas") collective.[9] Before producing his own music, Simmons would listen to San Francisco Bay Area rapper like E-40 and credits his style to him.[9]


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.[9][10] Simmons uploaded several more songs to YouTube before releasing his first mixtape on January 2, 2017 titled Believe In The Glo on Soundcloud.[11] Simmons uploaded his second mixtape to SoundCloud on January 21, 2017.[12] 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.[5]

Simmons released "Rubbin Off the Paint" on September 18, 2017 to WorldStarHipHop's YouTube channel.[13] The song quickly went viral with Simmons explaining it as "blowing up overnight."[14] After the success of the song, Simmons was pulled out of school due to his exceptional popularity and forced to start online classes.[4] The song debuted at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100[15] and peaked at 46.[16]

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.[17] In response, Simmons now has an in-house producer for his instrumentals who is a member of the YBN collective.[4] 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.[18] 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 90 million views on YouTube after its release.[19]

In April 2018, Simmons signed with Atlantic Records.[20] He was later named as one of the members of XXL's "2018 Freshman Class" on June 12, 2018.[21]

Musical styleEdit

Simmons lists his main influences as rappers from the San Francisco Bay Area such as E-40.[9] 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.[22][23]

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.[4] 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."[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Simmons currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[22] 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.[6] He graduated from Clay-Chalkville High School in Clay, Alabama in May 2018.[25]



List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Ref.
Believe in the Glo [26]
  • Released: 2017
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications


"Rubbin Off the Paint" 2017 46 17 15 85
"Popped Up"
"Bail Out"[33]
"No Hook"
(with YBN Almighty Jay)[34]
"The Race"[35] (Tay-K remix)
"Glizzy Hella Geekin"[36]
"I Got a Stick"[37]
"Bounce Out with That"[38] 2018 [A] 47 76
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


(G-Eazy featuring Yo Gotti and YBN Nahmir)
2018 3 1 90 Uncle Drew


  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.[39]


  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. ^ a b c d e Kochhar, Nazuk (18 October 2017). "How YBN Nahmir went from gamer kid to rising rapper". The Fader. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b No Jumper (22 November 2017). YBN NAHMIR EXPOSED (YouTube). Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  6. ^ a b REAL 92.3 LA (4 December 2017). YBN Nahmir Talks Going To Prom, Sleeping w/ 30 Year Olds, "Rubbin Off The Paint" (YouTube). Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "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 30 January 2018. 
  8. ^ CapGod 1 (22 August 2017). GTA 5 SCHOOL KIDS #56 (YBN Nahmir) (YouTube). Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c d C.M., Emmanuel (24 November 2017). "The Break Presents: YBN Nahmir". XXL Mag. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Nahmir (2015-03-26), Nahmir x Almighty Jay - Hood Mentality, retrieved 2018-01-30 
  11. ^ "Believe In The Glo". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  12. ^ YBN, retrieved 2018-01-30 
  13. ^ WORLDSTARHIPHOP (2017-09-18), YBN Nahmir "Rubbin Off The Paint" (Prod. by Izak) (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video), retrieved 2018-01-30 
  14. ^ "Hot 100 Q&A: 18-Year-Old Rapper YBN Nahmir on How Cartoons Inspired His Breakthrough Hit". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Songs By N.E.R.D. & Rihanna, YBN Nahmir, More Debut On Billboard Hot 100". Headline Planet. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  17. ^ "YBN Nahmir Details Drama Behind Viral Hit 'Rubbin Off the Paint'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  18. ^ "YBN Nahmir Drops Cole Bennett Directed "Bounce Out With That"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  19. ^ "Bounce out With That" from Bounce out With That - Single by YBN Nahmir on iTunes, 2018-01-26, retrieved 2018-01-30 
  20. ^ jbanks (25 April 2018). "YBN Nahmir On Recording With His Xbox Headset, Signing to Atlantic Records & More!". Power 106. Retrieved 29 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "XXL 2018 Freshman Class Revealed". XXL. June 12, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b "YBN Nahmir Premieres New Song 'Popped Up,' Talks Surprise 'Rubbin Off the Paint' Success". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  23. ^ "Meet YBN Nahmir: Alabama's "Rubbin Off The Paint" Star". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ Boyd, Jared (21 December 2017). "Viral Birmingham rapper YBN Nahmir hosts Christmas toy giveaway with local radio station". 
  26. ^ "Believe In The Glo". MixTape Monkey. 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  27. ^ "#YBN". MixTape Monkey. 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  29. ^ Peak chart positions:
  30. ^ "Hot Rap Songs: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  31. ^ Peak chart positions:
  32. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  33. ^ "Bail Out - Single by YBN Nahmir on Apple Music". Dec 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  34. ^ "No Hook - Single by YBN Nahmir & YBN Almighty Jay". Dec 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  35. ^ "The Race - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  36. ^ "Glizzy Hella Geekin - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 25, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  37. ^ "I Got a Stick - Single by YBN Nahmir". Oct 25, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  38. ^ "YBN Nahmir Drops Cole Bennett Directed "Bounce Out With That"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  39. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100: Mar 10, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  40. ^ "G-Eazy - Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  41. ^ "G-Eazy - Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  42. ^ "G-Eazy – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 

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