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Sidney Selby III, or as you may know him (or may not, that’s what we’re here for), Desiigner is one of the fastest rising stars in hip-hop. Two things you should know about him right from the jump—he sounds like Future and no, he’s not Future.
The Brooklyn teenager showed up on the radar during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden. You could hear him on Pt. 2 and Freestyle 4 from Kanye’s The Life of Pablo. And just in case you had hoped for more, Yeezy announced Desiigner was G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signing during the fashion show/listening party
But if you didn’t catch that, you may have been a little confused. The question some people were asking was, “Is that Future on Pt. 2?” To be fair, Desiigner sounds way more Atlanta than he does New York, and he does literally say, “I got broads in Atlanta.” Some have even questioned if Desiigner sounds a bit too much like the Atlanta rapper. But to be fair, Future hasn’t had a hit as big as this. So who really sounds like who?
Since that sample of Panda was used on Ye’s Pt. 2, the song has absolutely torn up the charts. It now sits at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, after debuting at 96 less than a month ago. Not bad for the rookie, but would you expect anything else from a guy who grew up in the same area as The Notorious B.I.G?
The thing is, the song didn’t immediately blow up. As previously mentioned, the Season 3 fashion show at MSG was on February 11 and The Life of Pablo dropped three days later. So it actually took just over a month for the song to really hit the mainstream. Before that, Desiigner was just trying to get the word out on his now hit single.
Panda made it to the big time, literally, when it was used as Shaquille O’Neal’s entrance song at last weekend’s Wrestlemania. He also walked alongside boxer Adrien Broner for his April 1 fight against Ashley Theophane.
Desiigner’s mixtape Trap History Month was supposed to drop in February but still hasn’t been released. He could just be holding off while he rides this huge wave of momentum into the summer months. Panda only had around four million plays on SoundCloud by the end of February and now sits at a very modest 36 million. In case you’re wondering what you’ve been missing (which is one of the best party songs out right now), you can listen to Panda here.