Silento is an American hip-hop artist. He gained international fame in 2015 at the age of 16 after the release of his debut hit single, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). The track is five times platinum certified and has over 1.8 billion views on YouTube. However, the young superstar has been in a series of legal issues that could potentially ruin his career. What happened to Silento?
Fame and success at an early age is a dream that most teenagers wish to live. Silento had all that from the age of 16. So, how has the stardom affected him?
Silento's profile summary and bio
- Real name: Richard ‘Ricky’ Lamar Hawk
- Date of birth: 22nd January 1998
- Silento’s age: 23 years in 2021
- Birth sign: Aquarius
- Place of birth: Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States
- Nationality: American
- Silento’s height: 5 feet 6 inches
- Gender: Male
- Sexuality: Straight
- Relationship status: Not known
- Silento’s cousin: The late Frederick Rooks
- Almer mater: Redan High School
- Profession: Rapper, singer
- Genre: Hip-hop
- Styles: Pop-rap, Southern Rap
- Known for: Watch Me 2015 hit song
- Record label: Capitol records
- Criminal status: Incarcerated and awaiting trial
- Silento’s Instagram: @silento
- Twitter: @TheRealSilento
- YouTube: SilentoVEVO
- Website: silentoworlds.com
- Net worth: Approximately $1.5 million in 2021
Early life and education
How old is Silento? The artist was born on 22nd January 1998 and is 23 years old in 2021. Where is Silento originally from? He grew up in Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
The Watch Me rapper is an alumnus of Redan High School in Atlanta. Before gaining global fame, he was famous in high school and often participated in talent shows and released funny videos online.
The Watch Me rapper has managed to keep many aspects of his personal life out of the limelight. His relationship status as of 2021 remains unclear. He has been in at least one relationship in the past. In August 2020, he was arrested after breaking into a San Fernando Valley home wielding a hatchet as he searched for his alleged girlfriend. Her identity was never revealed.
The Atlanta rapper rose to fame in 2015 after the release of his hit single, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). The track, which he made with Bolo Da Producer, has more than 1.8 billion views on YouTube. In an interview with AJC, Hawk revealed that he released the song to prove the people who doubted him wrong. After gaining such fame in high school, he was asked to go for homeschooling but chose to attend classes and get his diploma since he was almost done.
Richard released his debut album, Fresh Outta High School, in August 2018. He has collaborated with various established artists and travelled the world to perform. Richard is signed to Capitol Records.
Other Silento’s songs and mixtapes since 2015 include;
- Bars Behind Bars (2021 mixtape)
- No Sense (2020 single)
- Skyrolyrics (2020 mixtape)
- SilentoMOB: The Doctor’s Exclusive (2019 EP)
- Spotlight feat. Punch
- Get Em
- No Smoke feat. Og Cuicide
The Watch Me rapper was arrested on 1st February 2021 in connection with the shooting and murder of his 34-year-old cousin, Frederick Rooks. He was found shot to death on 21st January 2021 in DeKalb County, Georgia. Hawk was booked into the DeKalb County jail without bond, and his numerous attempts to get bail were denied.
That was not the first time that Hawk has found himself on the wrong side of the law. He was previously charged with domestic violence, criminal possession of a gun, and overspeeding.
In August 2021, a Georgia grand jury indicted him of Frederick’s murder. Silento’s criminal charges are four felonies, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm.
Shortly after the arrest in February 2021, his publicist Chanel Hudson revealed that the artist had been suffering from mental health issues. In 2019, Richard opened up about his battle with depression in an episode of The Doctors talk show. He was born into a family that uses all sorts of drugs, and violence was part of his upbringing.
Silento’s net worth
The young hip-hop sensation has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million in 2021. His rap career, which was picking up at a fast pace, is his primary source of income.
Silento is still a young man with dreams to fulfil. However, the current felony charges against him and his seemingly worsening mental health are a big stumbling block to his thriving career. Other upcoming young rappers like Lil Nas X are taking over the hip-hop industry.
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