Nebu Kiniza performing at SXSW in 2016
|Cory Orville Reid|
March 30, 1994 |
Queens, New York
Cory Orville Reid (born March 30, 1994), better known by his stage name Nebu Kiniza, is an American hip hop recording artist from Queens, New York. He is best known for his single "Gassed Up", which was released in October 25 2015. He is signed to OSHS (On Some Hippy S**t) and RCA Records.
Nebu Kiniza's family moved from Queens to Pawling, NY and then to Conyers, a suburb of Atlanta, GA, when he was 10. He learned the ropes of the music business from his mother, a singer. Attending Rockdale County High School, he began freestyling at 15 and discovered his talent. He showed off his talent in his high school talent shows that he competed against RoyalTee and Bino, and even performed at parties hosted by "RoyalTee" , "Bino Joe", and "Don Bino". He built a strong fan base from his high school peers, though Nebu did not win first place in the talent shows, since RoyalTee would take first every time. Instead of discouraging him it pushed him to go further to making "Steez." Nebu had RoyalTee dance in the music video in promote of his music.
He released his first track, "IDGAF," in 2011, and his first mixtape, 2 Peace Signs, in 2012.
In 2013, he released his second mixtape, The Honor Roller, with music videos for the tracks "The Grind" and "Steez." The "Steez" video, shot in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood, received over 300,000 views on YouTube.
His third mixtape, Hypnosis, which featured production from American record producer Sonny Digital, was released in 2014. The track "Myself" became his first major hit and was remixed by ILoveMakonnen & Key!.
Along the way Nebu created his own label, On Some Hippy Sh*t, for himself and his crew of producers.
His biggest hit to date, "Gassed Up," produced by MexikoDro - a track that he has said took all of 15 minutes to create - received over 52 million listens on SoundCloud, 34 million views on YouTube and 80 million plays on Spotify. Kiniza reached #10 on the Next Big Sound chart (24 December 2016), and "Gassed Up" hit #15 on the Spotify Velocity chart  and #18 on BigChampagne's Emerging Artist chart on 2 March 2017.
With respect to his moniker, he explained that his aunt jokingly suggested naming him after King Nebuchadnezzar when he was born. He thus felt identified with the name for his whole life, and adapted it for real when it was time to adopt a stage name. "Nebu stands for the golden one. Kiniza stands for being originally creative and artistic. So I put two-and-two together."
|2 Peace Signs|
|The Honor Roller||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions|
|"Call It What You Want"||--||--|
|"Fuck It Up"||2017||--||--|
|"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"In the Sky"
(Ryan Hemsworth featuring Nebu Kiniza)