When it comes to hip hop, the city of Compton has been a special place since the 90’s and where many well known rappers have emerged from. In the year 2011 we saw artists like YG and Kendrick Lamar getting their start but there was also another artist that wanted to share his talent with the world. Buddy is a Compton native and is only 24 years old. As a teenager he signed with the label i am OTHER after Scott Vener shared some of his music with Pharrell. That same year he had a hit with The Neptunes-produced “Awesome Awesome”. In 2014 he released his debut mixtape Idle Time, with a star-studded feature list including Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs and Pharrell.
2017 became Buddy’s year with all the attention he was getting, and the music was only getting better! He is known for his single “Shine,” but followed that up with the Ocean & Montana EP and came back quickly with Magnolia. With production duo Mike & Keys providing beats that bump hard but still have soul, Buddy shows that he’s versatile being both a singer and a rapper. He has managed to spread his talents far beyond singing soulful tunes and can put words together better than most rappers today.
Earlier this year Buddy released his new single “Black” featuring ASAP Ferg who he is currently on tour with. Buddy wants to change the association Compton has with gang life and uses this single to empower the black community. In an interview with The Daily Emerald he says he researched notable Black revolutionaries like Marcus Garvey and Huey P. Newton and watched a few Black documentaries when writing it. “Black” is his first single from his debut album which does not have a release date yet, though it is supposed to drop sometime this summer. According to Buddy more singles from this album will be released and fans can also expect to see a collaboration from hip hop’s legend Snoop Dogg. It looks like Buddy is not slowing down any time soon and this is just the beginning for him.