Many YouTubers have tried to break into the record industry as legitimate musicians. There are some success stories (like Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, and Queen Naija), but there have been many failed attempts at becoming a star beyond the video platform.
Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr. (aka DDG) appears to be going in the right direction. The Pontiac, Michigan native began releasing music in 2016. Four years later, he now sees his name on the Hot 100 chart.
“Moonwalking In Calabasas” is DDG’s first official entry on Billboard‘s rankings of the most popular songs in the country. The DevIsLit-produced track landed at #98 on the latest Hot 100.
DDG celebrated this milestone accomplishment in his career with his 3.9 million Instagram followers. The 23-year-old Epic recording artist wrote on IG, “Great way to end the year with my first @billboard hot 100 entry & they said I couldn’t do it.”
He continued, “Big ups to @bluefacebleedem for the support & that HARD a## verse. @lewisyounasty for that crazy a## video. @yg for hoppin on the second remix. @devislit for the crazy production! @epicrecords for the crazy support & thank y’all for streaming! Keep listening, we got 90 sumthin more spaces to climb.”
After the original “Moonwalking In Calabasas” dropped in June, DDG enlisted Los Angeles rapper Blueface for a remix. Another version of the song, featuring fellow West Coaster YG, hit YouTube on December 19. All three renditions have combined for more than 33 million YouTube views.