Silento Net Worth and What Happened After His Controversial Case in 2021

Known for his debut single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), Silento net worth and popularity catapulted overnight back in 2015.

The hit single made its way to the top chart in just over a week and peaked in US Billboard Hot 100’s top third place.

Do you want to know how much Silento net worth is and how he has been doing after debuting his catchy song? Read on to find out the answer.

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Stage Name Silento, Ricky Hawk
Legal Name Richard Lamar Hawk
Date of Birth January 22, 1998
Gender Male
Height 5′ 6″ (168 cm)
Net worth $1.5 million
Salary / earning / income per year $14,003 – $39,987
Profession Rapper, singer, songwriter

Who is Silento? (Biography)

Before we dive deeper into Silento net worth and the story of his life, let’s take a quick look at his background profile.

Legal Name & stage name

Goes by the name Silento, 1998-born singer’s real name is Richard Lamar Hawk.

Date of Birth

Silento’s birthday is on January 22. He is now 24 years old.

Gender & Height

He is a 5′ 6″ (168 cm) male.


Silento is an American.

What is Silento Best Known for?

Anyone will know him from the 2015 hit single Watch Me (Whip/Nae/Nae). The track and music video contains very catchy beats and memorable dance moves that became viral at that time. Silento net worth also came from his performance on many television and award shows.

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Early life of Silento

A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Silento was born and raised as an only child by his single mother and aunt. His parents divorced when he was at an early age. His creativity and interest in music had blossomed in him by the time he was in 8th grade. He joined a rap group that performed in the Atlanta area mostly at birthday parties and school events.


Silento went to Redan High School in Redan, Georgia.

Personal life (family, spouse, kids)

Silento has a very supportive family, both for his career and personal life. When he was inflicted in a legal case, his family gave him immense support, as they know that the rapper had been battling mental illness since a few years prior.

Silento’s Career

Silento net worth mostly peaked around 2015 to 2016, as he debuted his phenomenal song. Here are a few other highlights of his career up until today.

Silento music career

As probably the biggest source of Silento net worth, the single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). The single was created by Silento himself in his basement just when he was 17 years old. He initially released the song independently on SoundCloud, which gained 100,000 streams. He was then signed by Capitol Records. The single and its music video were then released and also posted on his Youtube channel. The song got 2,5 million views only over the course of one week. Now, it has garnered around 1.8 billion views by 2022.

After releasing his debut single, Silento released his first album, Fresh Out of High School. A few months later, he released another album titled Fresh Out of High School Part 2. In 2016, he released a promotional single Get Em, which is not included in any of his next albums. His next album Skyrolyrics was then released independently in October 2020. The year before, his EP titled SilentóMOB: The Doctor’s Exclusive was out under the BB&R Enterprise label.

He also collaborated with a few artists between 2015 to 2017, such as Sunny (Lightning in a Bottle), Dawin (Dessert), Sophia Grace (Girl in the Mirror), Sicko Mobb (Emoji), Punch (Spotlight), ELS (Slide), and Marcus & Martinus (Like It Like It).

Awards & nominations

Besides adding to Silento net worth, the song Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) also added to his list of awards and nominations. He was nominated for a few prestigious awards at such a young age, such as the Soul Train Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and BET Awards. He won the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards for Best Dance Performance and the 2017 Seoul Music Awards for Global Collaboration Awards for the song Spotlight featuring Korean-American artist Punch.

Between 2015 to 2017, he received nominations for Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Award.

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Silento legal issues

For the past few years, Silento has been involved with several legal charges. In 2020, he was arrested three times; two times for domestic disturbance and the other for speeding and reckless driving.

In the year that follows, he was arrested again for committing at least malice and felony murder that cause the death of his cousin, Fredrick Rooks. He was then proven guilty on August 3, 2021, for the two previous counts plus aggravated assault and firearm possession in a felony.

Silento Net worth

Silento net worth has dropped to $1.5 million as of this year.

Silento net worth from Businesses

There is no source citing any business ownership that adds up to his overall wealth and net worth.

Silento net worth from Real estate (Mansion / house / home / apartment)

Although there is no information regarding his real estate and property ownership, he was known to reside in Georgia with his family before he was arrested.

Silento net worth from Sport cars / yacht / vehicles

The information regarding his vehicle ownership is also unavailable.

How much Silento make per year? (Salary / Earning / Income)

It is estimated that with the total amount of Silento net worth, he received around $14,003 – $39,987 income per year.

How does Silento make money?

In summary, Silento net worth comes from his contract and royalty as a rapper, singer, and songwriter.


Who is the richest Puerto Rican rapper?

Currently, the richest reggaeton (Puerto Rican reggae) is Daddy Yankee. Compared to Silento net worth, Daddy Yankee’s net worth is significantly bigger. As of 2022, The Purto Rican rapper’s net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.

What is Silento Doing now?

Currently, Silento is still serving his time in prison for the crime he committed back in 2021. He is being held without bound.

Just before he was arrested in 2021, he released a mixtape titled Bars Behind Bars, which was inspired by his last year’s imprisonment in Georgia jail. He debuted the single No Sense in the year prior.

Silento net worth now