Chartbreaker is Billboard's new monthly series spotlighting an artist making their introduction to the charts.
Battle-rapping helped him confront his shyness.
The 24-year-old hip-hop artist (born Ricardo Valentine), whose bleary breakup track “Prblms” reaches a new peak at No. 88 on the April 29 Billboard Hot 100, was an introverted child, preferring to draw cartoon characters and write rhymes in his notepad instead of make friends. But in middle school, his peers started challenging him to read his rhymes aloud. “When you’re at the lunch table and 15 people go, ‘So-and-so outside wants to rap,’ you don’t have time to think,” he says. Eventually he felt confident enough to pursue music, and even battle-rapped a pre-fame Young Thug at a video shoot in 2010.