A down-to-earth rapper and singer from Compton, California, Buddy (Simmie Sims) found an early 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. 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 independent 2017 EP Ocean & Montana, recorded with Kaytranada. Buddy has also appeared on material from Nipsey Hussle, DJ Quik and Problem, and BJ the Chicago. ~ Andy Kellman
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