“Panda” is the debut single by American rapper Desiigner. The song premiered on 15 December 2015. It was released for digital download on the iTunes Store as a single. Before being re-released on 23 February 2016. The song was written by Desiigner and its producer Menace. “Panda” was heavily sampled by Desiigner’s fellow GOOD Music label-mate and founder Kanye West. For “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2”, a song on West’s seventh studio album The Life of Pablo. It inspired a number of remixes. The single topped the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of April 2016. An official video was released on 10 May 2016. The song has been nominated for best hip-hop video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
Sidney Royel Selby III (born 3 May 1997). Known professionally as Desiigner. Is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York. He rose to prominence after the release of his debut single “Panda”. Which later reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. In February 2016, rapper and producer Kanye West (who sampled “Panda” for his seventh album The Life of Pablo). Announced Desiigner’s signing to his GOOD Music imprint, under the aegis of Def Jam Recordings.
On May 5, 2016, producer Mike Dean announced that he would be serving as the executive producer for Desiigner’s upcoming debut studio album. On May 24, Desiigner announced that the title to his upcoming debut album would be called The Life of Desiigner. In June 2016, XXL magazine revealed their annual “Freshmen Class” for 2016, and Desiigner was included on the list with nine other new artists. In June 2016, “Champions” was released as the lead single from the GOOD Music’s upcoming compilation album, Cruel Winter. Desiigner made a guest appearance on this track, alongside his label-mate Kanye West, and other rappers such as Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti and Quavo.
In the same month, Desiigner made his US television debut, when he performed his single, “Panda” at the 2016’s BET Awards. On 26 June 2016, Desiigner released his first full-length mixtape, titled New English on Tidal, following a live premiere of the mixtape on 22 June. In July 2016, American pop singer Demi Lovato brought out Desiigner at her concert in New York. On 21 July 2016, Desiigner premiered the track, called “Tiimmy Turner”, which was released as a single on iTunes the next day. Desiigner appeared as a special guest on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World.
The Life of Desiigner (Release date TBA, Label: GOOD, Def Jam).
New English (2016 Label: GOOD, Def Jam).
As lead artist
“Outlet” (2017 Album: N/A), “Tiimmy Turner” (2016). “Champions” (with Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti and Quavo) (2016) and “Panda” (2015).
As featured artist
“Strapped & Ready” (Rah Smooth, Money and Loopy) (2016 Non-album single). “Finesse” (Jim Jones featuring Rich Homie Quan, ASAP Ferg) (2016 Album The Kitchen). “On the Low” (Phresher) (2016 Non-album single). “Danny DeVito” (Phresher featuring Rowdy Rebel) (2016 Non-album single). “Gucci Snakes” (Tyga) (2016 Album TBA). “Circles” (Pusha T featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner) (2016 Album King Push).
“Pt. 2” Kanye West (2016 Album The Life of Pablo). “Freestyle 4” Kanye West (2016 Album The Life of Pablo). “Back in My Ways” Young King & Mekado (2016 non-album single) and “The Difference” Meek Mill & Quavo (2016 Album DC4).
Awards and nominations
(2017) Grammy Awards – Best Rap Performance (“Panda”) Nominated. (2016) WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards – WatsUp TV Viewers Choice Award (“Panda”) Won. (2016) Teen Choice Awards – Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song – (“Panda”) Nominated. (2016) MTV Video Music Awards – Best New Artist & Best Hip-Hop Video (Himself) Nominated. (2016) BET Hip Hop Awards – Best Hip Hop Video (“Panda”). People’s Champ Award (“Panda”) and Best New Hip Hop Artist (Himself) Nominated. (2016) MTV Video Music Awards Japan – Best Hip Hop Video (“Panda”) Nominated. (2016) American Music Awards – Video of the Year (“Panda”) & Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song (“Panda”) Nominated.