Rapper Silento, known for his viral song “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)” was arrested Monday in Georgia and charged with murder.
Silento, born Richard Hawk, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Fredrick Rooks, 34, the DeKalb County Police Department said on Twitter. On January 21, police officials investigated Rooks’ death after he found him dead from multiple gunshot wounds on Deep Shoals Circle.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the rapper is being held unrelated.
Silento rose to fame when his number “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)” debuted on May 5, 2015. The catchy number also featured a backing dance that quickly went viral on social media platforms, notably Instagram and Twitter. The rapper even performed a version for Nickelodeon to promote their Labor Day weekend lineup.
“Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2015.