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YBN, short for Young Boss Niggaz (stylized Young Boss N*ggaz) is an American hip-hop collective formed by Nick Simmons, who goes by the stage name YBN Nahmir. In 2014, Nahmir met Jay Bradley (Almighty Jay) on Xbox Live, eventually meeting up in Los Angeles, California following the commercial success of Nahmir's song "Rubbin off the Paint." YBN is a collective of rappers, record producers, social media personalities and promoters. The collective has members from Alabama, Texas, California, Maryland, Narberth, and Connecticut.

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YBN Nahmir and YBN Glizzy performing together in January 2018
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OriginBirmingham, Alabama, U.S.
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Years active2014present
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Past members
  • YBN Valley (deceased)

YBN, short for Young Boss Niggaz (stylized Young Boss N*ggaz)[1] is an American hip-hop collective formed by Nick Simmons, who goes by the stage name YBN Nahmir. In 2014, Nahmir met Jay Bradley (Almighty Jay) on Xbox Live[2], eventually meeting up in Los Angeles, California following the commercial success of Nahmir's song "Rubbin off the Paint."[3] YBN is a collective of rappers, record producers, social media personalities and promoters.[4] The collective has members from Alabama, Texas, California, Maryland, Narberth, and Connecticut.

On September 7, 2018, YBN released their first full-length project together, YBN: The Mixtape[5] which featured collaborations with Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Skies, Machine Gun Kelly and Chris Brown.[6]

History

In 2014, Nick Simmons, better known as YBN Nahmir, met YBN Almighty Jay on the video game Grand Theft Auto V.[2] Nahmir later introduced Almighty Jay to his close friend YBN Glizzy, that he met on San Andreas RP, a server on Grand Theft Auto San Andreas' third party online multiplayer tool.[7]

YBN was originally a gaming collective where Nahmir and his friends played video games, recorded videos and uploaded it to Youtube and streaming on Twitch.tv.[8] In 2015, YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay eventually decided to record a song after freestyling in Xbox Live group chats, the song, titled "Hood Mentality" was the first song for both artists and the start of the collectives move towards music.[9] In 2015, YBN member Valley died from a heart attack.[10]

On September 18, 2017, Nahmir's debut single, "Rubbin Off the Paint" was released and the music video premiered on WorldStarHipHop. This single featured production by Izak[11] and went viral, peaking at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nahmir used the financial success gained from the song to move to Los Angeles, California and help fellow friends in the collective also move to Los Angeles, marking the first time they met.[3]

Fellow members of the collective soon started to have viral songs too, though none charted. YBN Almighty Jay's "Chopsticks" in November 2017[12], YBN Walker's "Gutta" in February 2018 and YBN NickyBaandz "Been Trippin" in April 2018.[13]

YBN Nahmir and YBN Glizzy met Cordae Amari Dunston, better known as YBN Cordae online in 2017. Though Cordae didn't play video games, he had been rapping longer than any other member of YBN and was older than the rest of the collective. He decided to formally join the collective in 2018 and in May 2018, released a remix to Eminem's "My Name Is"[14][15] which went quickly viral and then released his breakout song, "Old Niggas" which was a response to the song "1985" by J.Cole.[16] The song was mentioned on multiple publications such as XXL[17], Complex[18] and HipHopDX.[19]

The group announced their first world tour in July 2018, scheduled for Fall 2018.[20] The first full-length project from the group was announced on August 12, 2018[21] which was released on YBN: The Mixtape on September 7, 2018.[22]

Members

YBN consists of multiple members, with three core members, namely YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay, and YBN Cordae. Other members include YBN Glizzy, YBN Manny, YBN Jmore, YBN Choppa, YBN Ballout, YBN Al, YBN Carl, YBN Nicky, YBN FRESH, YBN Lonzo, YBN Dayday, and YBN Lil E.[4]

Discography

Mixtapes

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
CAN
[24]
YBN: The Mixtape 21 19

References

  1. "Young Boss N*ggaz Tour: The European Takeover featuring YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay, and YBN Cordae - 8th October 2018". Manchester Academy. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  2. 1 2 "A Guide to the YBN Crew: Rap's Most Exciting New Prospects". Highsnobiety. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. 1 2 REAL 92.3 LA (2017-12-04), YBN Nahmir Talks Going To Prom, Sleeping w/ 30 Year Olds, "Rubbin Off The Paint", retrieved 2018-09-09
  4. 1 2 "Meet all the members of YBN, a new kind of internet rap clique". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  5. "Listen to YBN's debut mixtape". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  6. "YBN Crew Releases New Mixtape f/ Gucci Mane, R Kelly, Lil Skies, and More". Complex. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  7. YBN Glizzy (2015-02-15), Ayo Glizzy - WORST SA-MP Player FT. Nahmir, retrieved 2018-09-09
  8. "How YBN Nahmir went from gamer kid to rising rapper". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  9. "The Break Presents: YBN Nahmir - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  10. "YBN Nahmir Releases Letter to Valley Part 5 Video - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. "YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay & YBN Cordae Showcase Potential as a Formidable Trio on 'YBN: The Mixtape'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  12. Waterwippinevan (2017-11-10), YBN Almighty Jay "Chopsticks" (Official Video) dir. by @waterwippinevan, retrieved 2018-09-09
  13. "Meet all the members of YBN, a new kind of internet rap clique". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  14. WORLDSTARHIPHOP (2018-05-09), YBN Cordae "My Name Is" (Eminem Remix) (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video), retrieved 2018-09-09
  15. "YBN Cordae Remixes Eminem's "My Name Is"". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  16. "YBN Cordae Is the Latest Rapper to Respond to J. Cole's "1985"". Complex. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  17. "The Break Presents: YBN Cordae - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  18. "Bridging Rap's Generational Divide: An Interview With YBN Cordae". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  19. http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "YBN Cordae Challenges J. Cole's "1985" Criticisms On "Old Niggas"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  20. "YBN Nahmir Shares Dates for European Tour - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  21. "YBN Nahmir Sets Release Date for YBN Mixtape - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  22. "YBN Nahmir, YBN Cordae and YBN Almighty Jay 'YBN: The Mixtape' - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  23. "Top 200 Albums | Billboard 200 chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  24. "Billboard Canadian Albums". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
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