Desiigner(Sidney Royel Selby III) is an American rapper and singer. He rose to prominence in 2016 after the release of his debut single “Panda”, which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
In February 2016, rapper and producer Kanye West (who sampled “Panda” for his seventh album The Life of Pablo) announced Desiigner’s signing to his GOOD Music imprint, under the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.
Birthday | Age
Born: 3 May 1997 (age 22 years), Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Nationality & Early Life
He is of Afro-Barbadian and African American descent.
He grew up in the Louis Armstrong housing projects in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood.
He is the grandson of blues musician Sidney “Guitar Crusher” Selby.
He grew up in Bedstuy Brooklyn New York with his three siblings; an older brother and two sisters. He is quite tight-lipped about his family and there are not many records of them on the internet. But he famously did take his mother -Sheila as his date to the Grammy’s, a gesture that says a lot about his value for family life. The family’s history is traced back to the island of Barbados.
- Sexual orientation: straight.
The information about Sidney’s girlfriends is not available at the moment but we’ll soon update it.
He began practicing vocals at the school choir and church. At the age of 14, after being shot, he embarked on his music career.
Facts To Know
- Не bоught thе іnѕtrumеntаlѕ оf “Раndа” аt thе соѕt оf $200.
- Іn hіѕ ѕоng “Тііmmу Тurnеr” hе асtuаllу rеfеrѕ tо hіmѕеlf, nоt thе Nісkеlоdеоnѕ, Тіmmу Тurnеr.
- Не uѕuаllу ѕоundѕ іn а ѕіmіlаr wау lіkе Futurе whісh іtѕ ѕоmеthіng hе асknоwlеdgеѕ.
- The star аlmоѕt ѕіgnеd tо Саѕh Моnеу Rесоrdѕ thаt wаѕ bеfоrе rеlеаѕіng “Раndа”.
- Не gоt ѕhоt whеn hе wаѕ а tееnаgеr оn thе hір.
- It was his sister who invented his stage name.
Desiigner Legal Issues
On September 8, 2016, Desiigner and three other people were arrested in New York City, after a 911 caller claimed that he pulled a gun on them. The star was later found in an SUV with four other people and the vehicle was searched. The police allegedly found oxycodone and guns, for which he and the other individuals received drug and weapon charges. They were all detained in custody.
On September 10, 2016, he was acquitted of the felony gun charge. He was cleared of the charges on September 12, 2016, when it was found that the pills were anabolic steroids belonging to his driver.
The heat “Panda” is his debut heat.
Songwriter(s): Sidney Selby III|Gus Gonzalez; Adnan Khan
Sidney Aka Desiigner embarked on his music career under his original moniker Dezolo before he began putting out work on these tracks under the alias of Designer Royel, especially with Royel (his middle name).
His sister convinced him to drop the “Royel” part and then keep the “Designer” part as his new stage name, doubling the “I”‘s. On December 3, 2015, under his new pseudonym, Desiigner released his debut track, called “Zombie Walk”. The song was produced by The Shell God.
On December 15, 2015, he released his commercial debut single, titled “Panda” on SoundCloud. The song released on iTunes within five days later, before being re-released as of February 2016.
On February 11, 2016, Desiigner signed a recording contract with Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint, under the aegis of Def Jam Recordings. After signing a record deal, Desiigner subsequently appeared on two tracks — “Pt. 2” (which features an interpolation of “Panda”) and “Freestyle 4” — that was taken from Kanye West’s seventh album The Life of Pablo.
He then went on to perform at the 2016’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. In an interview with Billboard, Desiigner confirmed the release of his first upcoming mixtape, titled Trap History Month.
On May 5, 2016, producer Mike Dean announced that he would be serving as the executive producer for Desiigner’s upcoming debut studio album. On May 24, Desiigner announced that the title to his upcoming debut album would be called The Life of Desiigner.
In June 2016, XXL magazine revealed their annual “Freshmen Class” for 2016, and Desiigner was included on the list with nine other new artists.
In June 2016, “Champions” was released as the lead single from the GOOD Music’s upcoming compilation album, Cruel Winter. Desiigner made a guest appearance on this track, alongside his label-mate Kanye West, and other rappers such as Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, and Quavo.
In the same month, Desiigner made his US television debut, when he performed his single, “Panda” at the 2016’s BET Awards. On June 26, 2016, Desiigner released his first full-length mixtape, titled New English on Tidal, following a live premiere of the mixtape on June 22.
In July 2016, American pop singer Demi Lovato brought out Desiigner at her concert in New York. On July 21, 2016, Desiigner premiered the track, called “Tiimmy Turner”, which was released as a single on iTunes the next day.
Desiigner appeared as a special guest on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. On November 7, 2017, it was reported that BTS will release a remix of their song “Mic Drop” featuring Desiigner and it was said that the remix was made by Steve Aoki. It is set to be released on November 17, 2017, but it was postponed and set to be released on November 24, 2017, instead.
On May 3, 2018, Desiigner announced via social media that his debut EP, L.O.D., would be released at midnight on May 4, 2018.
Desiigner Musical Style
Desiigner’s musical style is influenced by southern hip hop, namely trap music which originated in Atlanta, Georgia. His rapping technique and vocals have been compared to that of Atlanta-based rapper Future.
When asked about the frequent comparisons, he told Complex: “God gave him a blessing, but he gave me a blessing too. I ain’t gonna doubt the man’s music. He makes beautiful music too. Music is made every day. Big ups to him, big ups to Future.
I actually like Future’s music. I like his music, you feel me. I’m not a hater or a critic on him, you know, I do me. God bless him, God bless me.”
- New English (2016)
- L.O.D. (2018)
Desiigner Awards & Nominations
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song “Panda” Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Video “Panda” Nominated
BET Hip Hop Awards Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
People’s Champ Award Nominated
Best New Hip Hop Artist Himself Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Hip Hop Video “Panda” Nominated
American Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song Nominated
WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards WatsUp TV Viewers Choice Award Won 2017 Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Hip-Hop Song of the Year Nominated
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Best New Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Himself Nominated
Top Streaming Songs Artist Nominated
2017 Top Rap Artist Nominated
Top Streaming Song (Video) “Panda” Won
Top Rap Song Won
Desiigner Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of$5 Million.
- Height; 1.93 m
- Weight; 92 kg
- Body; Athletic
- Hair Color; Black
- Eye Color; Dark Brown
- Measurements; 43-14-43 in
- Distinctive Features; Very tall