Darren Watkins Jr. is a prominent American rapper, YouTuber, streamer, and internet personality, best known for his online name IshowSpeed. He was born on January 25, 2005, and is 18. He started his career making gaming videos and used them to post his daily blog videos during the pandemic. In a short time, he has gained more than millions of views and subscribers for his channel.
He is a well-known live stream who has played many video games like Fortnite, Valorant, FIFA, and Valorant. In 2017, he created his channel, IShowSpeed, and he started posting more gaming content. Later from 2021 to 2022, he gained much popularity because of his eye-catching clips in his live streams on social media platforms.
Summary of Ishowspeed’s Biography
- Full name: Darren Watkins Jr.
- Nickname: Ishowspeed
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: January 25, 2005
- Ishowspeed’s Age: 18 years old
- Ethnicity: African America
- Nationality: American
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Single
- Ishowspeed’s Net Worth: Over $1 Million
- Famous for: YouTuber, Twitch Streamer, and Social Media Influencer
- Ishowspeed’s Instagram: @ishowspeed
- Hair Colour: Black
- Eye Colour: Dark Brown
- IShowSpeed Height: 5 feet 9 inches or 175 cm
- IShowSpeed Weight: 61kg (134 Lbs)
- Body measurements: N.A
- Shoe Size: 7 US
- Dress Size: N.A
IShowSpeed Early life
IShowSpeed was born in the name Darren Watkins Jr., on January 21, 2005, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the United States of America. Currently, he is 18 years old. Both of his parents’ names are unknown, and they both are African Americans, but he did not reveal any details about his parents to the media.
He is one of three children in his family, and he has two siblings, one brother and one sister, but their identities there are unknown. IShowSpeed, along with his parents and siblings, was brought up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been interested in gaming from a young age, which has helped him create a YouTube channel, which has now gained more popularity on social media.
At the age of 11, IShowSpeed Launched His First YouTube Channel
In 2016, IShowSpered created his YouTube channel; at the time, he was only 11 years old, and also, at that time, he did not consider that he would make a career out of it. He will use to upload some gameplay videos on his occasionally. From December 2017, he started to upload more gaming clip videos based on NBA 2018. Also, he uploaded videos about Fortnite that could have reached him better, and his videos managed to get only two viewers.
Then he was unhappy with his channel and decided to work hard on his videos. Later, subscribers to his channel rose in a few months, reaching 100 thousand subscribers. IShowSpeed is passionate about YouTube and started to upload more content. In 2019, he started streaming.
During the pandemic, he started focusing more on his YouTube journey, and he planned to increase his subscribers and followers. Darren has started to post more videos by playing himself 2K21 and NBA 2K20. The videos have helped him gain more views, and his channel has reached over 100K subscribers in a short time.
Darren Became Famous at the age of 16
Kotaku named Darren one of the biggest and fastest-rising streamers on YouTube, and his clips have gained more popularity on Tik Tok. Talking Ben is one of the games that has helped him gain popularity. His videos on Talking Ben the Fog brought the new mobile app, and it became popular and was one of the bestselling games in the app store for more than a decade after its initial release. He has added playing Fortnite, Five Night at Freddy, and many other live streams to increase his YouTube business. Darren’s subscriber count has risen in a short span of a month, and in April 2021, his channel had more than 100 thousand subscribers, but in June 202, it reached more than one million subscribers, and in July 2022, it reached more than 10 million.
On all the social media platforms, Darren has increased followers, and also, at the same time, his name is linked with many controversial behaviors and content. In 2021, some of his fans started to post some of his clips on Tik Tok which often has violent behavior during his live streams. Then his support number continued to increase, and he gained more popularity.
The Teenage Youtuber has received many accusations and bans for his anti-social behavior. He has an outburst, which impacts his fame and influence. In March 2022, he imitated the soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, and he gained more attention on social media, which encouraged him to support Ronaldo.
At the age of 17, Darren Watkins Jr. released his First Song
Besides playing games and live streaming, he has been passionate about music and decided to pursue his music career. Because of his interest in music, he used to gain more attention on social media. At 17, he released his first song in August 2021, and he released his single Dooty Booty on his YouTube channel. Then, in a short time, his song became popular on YouTube and other social media platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok. In the following year, in November 2021, Darren released his single named Shake, which has gained over 160 million views on his YouTube channel. Then the song causes some controversy because of his inappropriate lyrics.
In June 2022, he released his other single named God Is Good; later the following month, he released a song named Ronaldo on YouTube, following his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo. On November 4, 2022, IShowSpeed released his single named World Cup, which is to honor the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The song has gained more attention on YouTube, and the music videos have gathered more than 100 million views. On January 1, 2023, the song peaked no.11 on the Top 100 Music Video in the United States playlist on YouTube Music Global charts. Also, the song has been used more on YouTube shorts and Tik Tok. In 2023, Darren released his single named Dogs, and his other single, Portuginies, was released the same year. In 2022, IShowSpeed appeared in the music video Let’s Go.
Ishowspeed’s Source of income and net worth
IShowSpeed is a successful singer, YouTuber, and Social media personality at the age of 21 years. He has done many impressively and has gained more of his wealth by himself. But he must still confirm his income from his YouTube channel and earn money as a singer. He is estimated to have a net worth of $ 1 million.
Darren will use it to get the primary Source from his YouTube ad and work for product promotions on his channel. As of 2023, he has earned more than $ 1 million and above because of social media platforms. He also has other sources of income from TikTok, merchandising, and many paid promotions. Darren has earned some of his wealth through his album and will also get income from his live streams.
IShowSpeed Awards and Nominations
IShowSpeed was nominated for the Streamy Awards as Streamer of the Year in 2022, and the same year he won the Streamy Award as Breakout Streamer. I hope Darren will win more awards and honors in the upcoming years because of his video content and as a singer.
IShowSpeed personal life
IShowSpeed has not shared much more about his personal life, even though he did not reveal much about his parents and siblings. He did not disclose any information about his personal life. There are some rumors that Darren has a daughter from his previous relationship, but whether it’s fake news or true; the name and other details about his daughter are unknown.
There are many sources he was in a relationship with a girl named Ermony Renee, and they often will use to share their pictures on social media networks. Also, they both will often appear in some of his YouTube videos. But the relationship did not last long. They both broke up their relationship because of some misunderstanding, and Darren did not disclose his reason for his break up with Ermony. He always prefers to hide his personal information. IShowSpeed did not disclose any information about his education qualification, and he may be studying in a private high school in his hometown.
Darren set off a Pikachu firework inside his bedroom in July 2022, almost burning it down. Then in August 2022, Darren was swatted while live streaming on his YouTube channel, the police officers handcuffed him and officers forced his cameraman to end the live stream.
They claimed that he was placed in jail, and later, Adin Ross bailed him out; they allowed him to return live streaming on August 11. Later in August 2022, IShowSpeed tried to cheat the United States and Global Economics. He was taking Ohio Digital Learning school he asked his views on the answer for his quiz. Later his viewers use this opportunity and prank him by giving him the wrong answers for the question, and because of that, he gets 0/10 on that test..