Buddy was born and raised in Compton and he’s L.A. through and through. The versatile rapper and singer was signed to Pharrell’s i am OTHER label back when he was a teenager, and he hasn’t stopped evolving since. 2017 has been big for Buddy, with the Kaytranada-produced ‘Ocean & Montana’ EP followed by the ‘Magnolia’ EP, which features Wiz Khalifa and Boogie. With an album on the way, and the music getting better and better, we spent the day with Buddy to discover what makes him tick.
i am OTHER signee Buddy collaborated with Soulection artist Kaytranada for an EP titled ‘Ocean & Montana’. The first single is titled ‘Find Me’ and is now available on iTunes, check out the Official Video below and peep the rest of the EP.
i am OTHER signee Buddy teames up with DJ Quik & Problem from their new release titled ‘Rosecrans’ on the tune ‘This Is Your Moment’ featuring Wiz Khalifa, get it now o iTunes, and check it out below.
DJ Quik & Problem – This Is Your Moment feat. Wiz Khalifa & Buddy (17′)
Back in 2011, a teenager who went by Buddy caught the eye of Pharrell Williams, who signed the rapper to his Star Trak label. “I was the last artist signed to Star Trak before they converted over to i am OTHER,” Buddy tells XXL while in New York. “I was one of the first to be signed to i am OTHER. That was my last year in high school when I was in 12th grade. I’m 23 now; we’ve been kind of just holding it down. We’ve been in Miami and been working on songs. I went to his wedding. We just hang out and make songs; he let me do me and we just kind of coexist.”
Five years ago, the West Coast MC had a hit record titled “Awesome Awesome” that was generating buzz and saw moderate success. Since then, Buddy has been moving in and out of the industry, occasionally popping up on a handful of records for a number of artists such as Nipsey Hussle, Kyle!, A$AP Mob and BJ The Chicago Kid.
Outside of guest features on songs with Nipsey Hussle, Asher Roth and Jevon Doe among others, we haven’t really heard much from i am OTHER’s west coast rep Buddy in quite some time. That all changed today when the Compton rapper took to Beats 1 earlier today where he premiered his new single “Shine,” which marks his debut single under Pharrell’s label. The mellow track is a mellow track produced by Mike & Keyz and DJ Khalil and is the first taste of his upcoming project, due out soon, get it HERE.
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