Silento — Photos By: Jessie Alcheh September 3, 2020 8:14PM EDT 1 of 5 Silento: Photos Of The Rapper JC Olivera/Sipa USA Silento, the stage name for rapper Richard Lamar Hawk, became an overnight sensation with his song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” when he was just 16 years old. After dropping the song on SoundCloud, the young rapper released the music video on his 17th birthday in Jan. 2015 — more than five years later, the video now boasts over 1.7 million views on YouTube! Thanks to the viral fame and chart success of “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (it peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart), Silento signed with Capitol Records. However, the Atlanta native chose to finish his high school studies, and then dropped his debut album Fresh Outta High School afterwards in 2018. He went on to release Fresh Outta High School Part 2 and as of July of 2020, Silento hinted that he was filming something for his upcoming project Fresh Outta High School Part 3. Silento is also known for his feature in the “Dessert” music video with Dawin, which dropped in Oct. 2019. Silento is pictured on the left at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. September 3, 2020, 6:37PM 2 of 5 Silento Visits New York Drew Gurian/Invision/AP Silento takes a portrait in New York in July of 2015, just a few months after dropping his “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) music video. He was just 17 years old at the time! September 3, 2020, 6:37PM 3 of 5 Silento At The 2018 All Star Celebrity Game (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images) Silento makes his entrance at the 2018 All Star Celebrity Game, which was held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2018. He rocks a metallic gold quilted jacket over a salmon-colored turtleneck for the event. September 3, 2020, 6:38PM 4 of 5 Silento At The 2016 BET Experience Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP Silento participates at the 2016 BET Experience – Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game! The game was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. September 3, 2020, 6:38PM 5 of 5 Silento At The 2016 BET Awards Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Silento shows off his monochrome white outfit at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 26, 2016. He was nominated for the “YoungStars Award” that year. September 3, 2020, 6:38PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.