KEY POINTS

  • Rapper Silento was recently arrested for murder
  • His "Watch Me" video has more than 1 billion views on Youtube
  • Silento paved the way for dance challenges in music videos

Silento has a net worth of $1.5 million. The artist built his massive fortune on top of the success of his hit song. 

Silento gave the world “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” in 2015. Nobody gave him a chance back then, but he believed in the song. It soon went viral due to the dance challenge that created more buzz around it. Silento became a global phenomenon with the song reaching the top 10 of charts in the U.S., Canada, France and the U.K., per Celebrity Net Worth.

“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” was certified Platinum five times. The song is included in the most watched videos on Youtube with at least 1 billion views. Considering it was released more than five years ago, the video still rakes in views, which is a testament to its longevity as a hit song. 

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After “Watch Me,” the Atlanta, Georgia native released albums such as “Fresh Outta High School” in 2018 and a mixtape in 2019 called “Silento Mob.” The tracks did not reach the same level of success as his debut song, but the rapper was still able to sign collaborations with other artists such as The Vamps and Dawin. 

The success of “Watch Me” spurred other dance challenges. It paved the way for the likes of “Hit The Quan” and “Juju On That Beat.” It gave the formula for viral success: catchy beats, video sharing, a dance challenge and correct social media use, a report from Billboard revealed.  

Fans have been wondering what the 23-year-old is up to at present. Unfortunately, he was involved in a murder case of his own cousin. Silento was recently arrested for the murder of Frederick Rooks, according to another Billboard report. Some might have been shocked by the news while others have seen it coming. Silento was involved in several legal cases in the past that included reckless driving, a business dispute in the United Arab Emirates and even alleged assault and violence, among others. 

It remains to be seen how the latest ordeal would impact his career. The rapper, whose real name is Ricky Lamar Hawk, will be forever remembered for his viral song and dance video. It could have been the case of too much, too soon for Silento. After all, not everyone could handle overnight success at just 17 years old. No one can take away his impact in the industry. At the end of the day he made his dreams come true.