12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Buddy of Harlan & Alondra is a far cry from the Billionaire Boys Club-dipped teenager who sat beside Pharrell and rapped excitedly from a suburban rooftop in the video for his 2011 single “Awesome Awesome.” Where there was once skittering Neptunes production—which Buddy tackled with confidence beyond his years—there are now deeply funky basslines and a flow that lends itself to Nate Dogg-like harmonizing as much as it does the battle-ready bars of his past. The album is a glimpse into the artist’s life as it has unfolded since his debut, the Compton native taking great pride in his ability to navigate L.A.’s tiered social landscape (“Trouble on Central”) while bristling at the memory of selling weed to famous friends while living in an $800-a-month apartment (“Shameless”). Guests include A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign, and the perennial SoCal cosign—Snoop Dogg—who appears amid vocoder-ed background vocals on the boogie-referencing “The Blue.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Buddy of Harlan & Alondra is a far cry from the Billionaire Boys Club-dipped teenager who sat beside Pharrell and rapped excitedly from a suburban rooftop in the video for his 2011 single “Awesome Awesome.” Where there was once skittering Neptunes production—which Buddy tackled with confidence beyond his years—there are now deeply funky basslines and a flow that lends itself to Nate Dogg-like harmonizing as much as it does the battle-ready bars of his past. The album is a glimpse into the artist’s life as it has unfolded since his debut, the Compton native taking great pride in his ability to navigate L.A.’s tiered social landscape (“Trouble on Central”) while bristling at the memory of selling weed to famous friends while living in an $800-a-month apartment (“Shameless”). Guests include A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign, and the perennial SoCal cosign—Snoop Dogg—who appears amid vocoder-ed background vocals on the boogie-referencing “The Blue.”

*WEA.MusicPages.Riaa.Explicit* Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings

Out 3 min

Remy grundy

Fire af

Buddy’s new album

BiG Daddy***

This young man is so talented, the lyrics are amazing and music as well, he is definitely Grammy worthy...

Harlan & Alondra

G Funk!!!!

Amazing!!!! A must have!

About Buddy

A down-to-earth rapper and singer who has worked closely with Pharrell Williams and Kaytranada, Buddy was nicknamed at an early age by his sister. The tag stuck with the young Simmie Sims, who began to take music-making seriously as a middle schooler in his native Compton, California. While in his late teens, through his manager, Buddy found an admirer in Pharrell Williams, who added him to the roster of Star Trak, and subsequently that of I Am Other. Produced by Williams, the rambunctious debut single "Awesome Awesome" arrived as Buddy's proper debut single in 2011. After a little additional material, Buddy's next big stride was with the mixtape Idle Time, released in 2014 with guest spots from Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and Miley Cyrus. Stray tracks were scattered throughout the next couple years and led to the 2017 EP Ocean & Montana, an independent five-track effort recorded with Kaytranada. Among the notable tracks on which Buddy has lent support throughout the years are Nipsey Hussle's "Status Symbol" and "Status Symbol 2," DJ Quik and Problem's "This Is Your Moment," BJ the Chicago Kid's "Man Down" and "Church," and Iman Omari and Like's "Backwoods (Third Eye)." Collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign ("Hey Up There") and Khalid ("Trippin'") followed in 2018.

HOMETOWN
Compton, CA
BORN
September 10, 1993

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