Silentó, aka Ricky Hawk, attends Redan High School in Stone Mountain, but his summer has probably been busier than most of his classmates, given that his video for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has inspired an all-out dance craze and popular culture phenomenon.
The young rapper told Radio.com, “I made the song in school. It was catchy and I repeated it every day for my peers. Then I put it in my brain and said, ‘I need to make this a song.’ So I took it to Bolo Da Producer. I told him all my concepts. He made me a beat, and within 35 -40 minutes, it was done.” Now, with more than 68 million views for his video, a #3 single on Billboard’s Hot 100, almost a million tracks sold, 150 million on-demand streams and a deal with Capitol Records…Silentó’s prepared to enter 12th grade.