Get the latest ComplexCon updates

Be the first to get the latest ComplexCon news and updates

You've subscribed successfully!
YBN Crew

YBN Crew

Performer

YBN ALMIGHTY JAY

High-spirited rapper YBN Almighty Jay made a name for himself after years of plotting and informal recording in late 2017, when his track “Chopsticks” went viral on its way to streams in the tens of millions.  Back in 2012, through Xbox Live, native Texan Jay Bradley befriended Nick Simmons, a fellow gamer from Birmingham, Alabama. The two started rapping, separately writing and recording material, confident they would become stars. They didn’t meet in person until 2017, shortly following Simmons’ breakthrough as YBN Nahmir with “Rubbin Off the Paint.”  Bradley’s own career soon took off with “Chopsticks” and a digital distribution deal with Human Re Sources, the same company behind Nahmir’s ascent.  A handful of tracks form Bradley hit commercial streaming platforms through 2018, including a “Chopsticks” remix (with Rich the Kid), “Takin Off,” “Bread Winners” (with Nahmir), “2 Tone Drop,” and “Colors.”


YBN CORDAE

YBN Cordae recognizes, respects, and reveres the verbal potential for unity. Acrobatic raps, cinematic wordplay, and nimble rhymes cement the Maryland-raised and Los Angeles-based MC as a consummate 21st century storyteller. This status would be affirmed by 200 million streams within a year and a place at the forefront of hip-hop’s modern vanguard as a 2019 XXL “Freshman Class” cover star, among other accolades. He employs the full power of language on his full-length debut, The Lost Boy [Atlantic Records].

Born to a 16-year-old mother in Raleigh, NC, he wrote his first rhyme at just four-years-old. Settling in Maryland after spending his formative years in North Carolina at his grandma’s trailer, he rapped on-command at school. At the age of 15, he began collecting, trading, and buying sneakers, saving up enough money to purchase a home studio. During 2017, he linked up with YBN in between attending Towson University and waiting tables. A year later, he dropped out of college as his remix of Eminem’s “My Name Is” and “Old ******” exploded virally. In the aftermath, Cordae’s debut single “Kung Fu” popped off with 77 million Spotify streams in less than 12 months. Pegged “one of music’s most promising rising stars” by The Wall Street Journal and touted on Complex’s “The Best New Artists of 2018,” he landed on “Artist to Watch” lists from Amazon Music, New York Times, Billboard, iHeart Radio, and VEVO DSCVR.

Along the way, he recorded what would become his conceptual opus The Lost Boy. He teased out the project with the cathedral-size raps “Have Mercy,” amassing 25 million Spotify streams. After the single “Bad Idea” [feat. Chance the Rapper], he unleashed the follow-up “RNP” [feat. Anderson Paak] with production by J. Cole. Everything set the stage for a major mainstream breakthrough in 2019.


YBN NAHMIR

YBN Nahmir's high school career was cut short when the rapid viral success of his song “Rubbin Off The Paint” quickly introduced the world to the sharp tongue rapper who hailed from Birmingham, Alabama. His world changed practically overnight as the song skyrocketed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and racked up over 80 million Youtube views. The song also earned him shoutouts from the likes of Chris Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. in addition to an unsolicited remix made by Vince Staples. YBN Nahmir has continued to deliver for his fans with songs like "No Hook", "Bail Out", and "I Got A Stick" each of which have racked up millions of streams on their own while proving that he has more to offer beyond his first hit.

Back to the list

Get the latest ComplexCon updates

Be the first to get the latest ComplexCon news and updates

You've subscribed successfully!