Who is Robb Banks?
Richard O’Neil Burrell was born on 24 September 1994, in New York City, USA, and is a hip hop artist, best known for performing under the stage name Robb Banks. He gained a lot of recognition with the release of his debut mixtape entitled “Calendars”, and its follow up “Tha City”. His debut studio album entitled “Year of the Savage” was released in 2015.
The Net Worth of Robb Banks
How rich is Robb Banks? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1.5 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry. He’s worked with several high profile artists over the course of his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Music Beginnings
Robb is the son of Jamaican reggae fusion recording artist Shaggy and Carol Johnson. He spent some of his childhood in New York City, before moving to Broward County, Florida with his mother, where he attended high school. Wanting to pursue a career in music, he decided to drop out of high school to develop his passion as soon as possible.
Over the next few years he released various music, often collaborating with other artists, which increased especially in 2012, leading to the release of his debut mixtape entitled “Calendars”, which showcased him rapping over beats by SBTRKT and Clams Casino, with samples from popular artists such as OutKast and Aaliyah. The project proved very popular online and got a lot of traction on Tumblr in particular, and Robb began gaining an underground following.
Rise to Prominence
Banks started touring the country, and collaborating with producers such as SpaceGhostPurrp. He had a brief hiatus later in the year, before returning in 2013, announcing that he was working on another project entitled “Tha City”. The promotion of the mixtape saw him releasing numerous singles, including “All the Way Live”, and “On Me”. During this time, rumors started spreading that he was the son of Shaggy, which was initially denied, but Banks later confirmed the rumors by posting an old family photo of himself with Shaggy on the cover of his second mixtape.
After the release of his mixtape, he decided to tour and continue promoting his music, declining to take on any new musical projects for the next year, and was seen in several countries. He then mentioned that he was working on a debut studio album entitled “Year of the Savage”, hinting in 2014 that he was still working on the project, and then put out the first promotional single for the album entitled “2PhoneShawty”. In 2015, he started working for YOTS and a new affiliate Nuez, and released two extended plays including “No Trespassing”.
Year of the Savage and Recent Projects
His releases contained out-takes from “The Year of the Savage” and had a lot of collaborative work with rapper Chris Travis. He then released the single “Pressure” and freestyle tracks, one of which confirmed the release date for his album, after which he worked on another mixtape entitled “C2: Death of My Teenage”, which is a sequel to “Calendars”. The mixtape contained guest performances by XXXTentacion and Los Hosale – he then went on tour to promote it, alongside other rappers.
In 2017, he signed with Cash Money Records subsidiary Rich Gang, and while he was a part of the subsidiary, Robb confirmed that he was still an independent artist, announcing a new project called “Falconia” which is a sequel to his project “Tha City”. He released the EP entitled “Cloverfield 2.0” before the single “A Milli (4 M’s)” as a promotion for his upcoming release entitled “Molly World”. The following year, he announced that his project “Falconia” will contain three acts, and a total of 43 songs. However, since his announcement, the project has not yet appeared.
For his personal life, not much is known about Banks romantic relationships. He did mention on social media that he had a girlfriend, but refused to provide more information about her. His musical style is known for using heavy samplings of pop culture, Japanese anime and old school R&B. According to him, his inspiration comes from Biggie Smalls and singer Sade. He also mentioned that Slug, Webbie, and Lil’ Wayne, are other influences, and frequently makes references to the anime “Naruto” which he calls his favorite anime of time. He also refers to himself as Femto, a character based on the manga “Berserk”.
Banks father is musician and singer Shaggy, best known for his hit singles including “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me”, and “Angel”. He took on his stage name from the character Shaggy of the hit television show “Scooby-Doo”. He is also an ex- US Marine who served during the Persian Gulf War. He has a total of five children from different women. He continues to release music though no longer as popular compared to the releases during his initial rise to fame. Despite the father and son being involved in the music industry, the two have never collaborated.