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bbno$, rapper who took over TikTok, has Kelowna connection

Bbno$ at the JUNO awards.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/bbno$

If you’ve been on TikTok for the last few years, you should be familiar with bbno$ and his catchy hooks.

The Vancouver rapper rocketed to stardom with his and y2K's hit “Lalala” in 2019. Millions of videos have been created using his songs on TikTok and "Lalala" has been streamed more than 800 million times on Spotify.

Video Credit: bbno$
bbno$ & Rich Brian - edamame (Official Video)

But few may realize the rapper actually has a Kelowna connection. In 2019, Alexander Gumuchian, also known as bbno$ (baby no money), graduated with a degree in kinesiology from UBC Okanagan, according to the university.

bbno$ has been featured in Rolling Stone and told the music outlet he and y2K pushed “Lalala” through call centres, Tinder Plus, eBay, Craigslist and even hired people to go door to door handing out USBs with the song to promote it. It was met with huge success.

His next biggest hit, "Edamame" with Rich Brian, was nominated for a Juno award for Rap Single of the Year and he performed at the awards in May.

bbno$ is touring with viral rap star Yung Gravy this fall across Canada and the U.S.

He couldn’t be reached for comment by the time of this article’s publication.

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