Rob Stone, or Rob $tone as he’s better known, has exploded onto the hip-hop scene with the hugely popular ‘Chill Bill’ single that earned him a record deal with RCA and a following of hundreds of thousands of fans. With his first studio album ‘Don’t Wait For It’ due to be released on October 20th 2017 the future looks bright for Rob Stone, and his unprecedented success as a San Diego based rapper has already earned him a small fortune in just over two years. But how much is Rob Stone worth now in 2017? And what’s the real story behind his much-publicized beef with XXXTentaction? Read on to find out.
Rob Stone Net Worth 2017 – $200,000
How Did Rob Stone Make His Money & Wealth?
Rob Stone hails from the Lemon Grove district of San Diego, California. He was born as Jaylen Robinson on January 25th 1995 and from a young age he showed a great interest in music. Rob spent a lot of time listening to his father’s collection of classic R&B, reggae and hip-hop. Some of his early influences were artists such as Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy, Martin Campbell and Gregory Isaacs, but he also listened to more contemporary rappers such as Dr Dre, Wiz Khalifa and 2Pac.
Rob Stone, who stylizes his name professionally as ‘Rob $tone’ began rapping while still at High School, he moved briefly to Atlanta where he attended college for a while but he moved back to San Diego after dropping out. Originally Rob posted his music to Soundcloud, and in June 2014 he released the song which won him millions of fans, and helped him become possibly the most famous rapper to come from Lemon Grove, San Diego, the celebrated and critically acclaimed ‘Chill Bill’.
Artists from all genres are always on the lookout for a catchy original sound, but hip-hop stands alone as perhaps the most difficult genre to find something truly different from everything that has come before. If there’s a catchy beat from the last 50 years, it’s probably been sampled countless times by now, but Rob Stone managed to find something instantly catchy to sample, and it was unique in the annuls of rap music. Whistling as a form of musical expression was not something that had ever been combined with a smooth flow before, but Rob found an obscure sample of a whistle originally from a 1968 British psychological thriller called ‘Twisted Nerve’, yet he wasn’t the first to find it. Quentin Tarantino had used the same sample in his movies ‘Kill Bill : Volume 1’ and ‘Death Proof’, but the catchy whistle was a fantastic choice for a memorable hook, and the hugely popular ‘Chill Bill’ was the result.
Chill Bill received plenty of attention, even eithout any form of major promotion, other than a few tweets from Rob announcing the track, it was played more than a million times within a few months and in February 2015 Rob Stone released his first mixtape ‘Straight Bummin’. The mixtape featured collaborations with Bitoy Beatz, Dubz and Tommy II among others, and featured tracks such as ‘Nachos’, ‘If You Down’ and ‘Ice Cream’. Rob’s popularity grew quickly and with his increasing marketability Rob began to be approached by major record labels, eventually in April 2016 he signed a deal with RCA.
On June 17th 2016 RCA released ‘Chill Bill’ as Rob’s debut single and on June 25th 2016 the music video for the track was released on the Youtube channel ‘Twelve O’Seven’, and it was trending within days, but the success of the song in the charts was almost unknown for a San Diego based rapper. It peaked at number eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and twenty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100, it eventually racked up sales of more than two million copies and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the single as double platinum. The video for the track has now been viewed an incredible 109 million times, with many praising the incredible catchy whistling hook that makes the song so uniquely unforgettable, and it’s been played over thirteen million times on the much smaller platform Soundcloud.
For a rapper from one of the major hip-hop cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta or Oakland, a platinum certified single is an admirable acheivement, but it’s not unusual, however San Diego based rappers rarely manage to achieve the same industry recognition for their work. The underground scene in the city has been thriving since the 1980’s, but only a few have managed to grow beyond the local scene. Jayo Felony signed with Jam Master Jay Records and then Def Jam in the 1990’s. He collaborated with Jay Z and was label mates with 50 cent, but after a number of public disagreements with Jay Z his time in the national limelight came to an end. Lil Rob’s 20005 single ‘Summer Nights’ peaked at 36 on the Billboard charts and Mitchy Slick was in a group with Xzibit in the year 2000 after which he worked with artists such as E-40 and Lil Wayne, but Slick and other San Diego artists have spoken out about the lack of hip-hip clubs in the area, and the lack of support for local artists from San Diego based radio stations. Many other rappers from the area tried to emulate the success of Jayo Felony and Mitchy Slick, but without success, until Rob Stone managed to break out of the San Diego scene.
In November 2016 Rob Stone tweeted that he wasn’t content with just being a San Diego Legend, he wanted to be a World-wide legend, and with the help of the ever-growing digital share of the profits in the music industry, he’s well on his way to doing just that. In September 2016 Rob released his second mixtape, ‘I’m Almost Ready’ and received largely positive reviews of the work, and now in October 2017 his first studio album, ‘Don’t Wait For It’ is finally due to be released on October 20th, after several delays that ironically have left fans waiting eagerly for his latest offering.
Rob Stone now has 162,000 followers on his Instagram account, another 50,000 on Twitter, and over 80,000 fans following him on Soundcloud. His Youtube Channel Twelve O’Seven now has over a quarter of a million subscribers, and the huge popularity of the ‘Chill Bill’ video alone has earned him approximately $250,000 in the two years since it was released. With an ever growing fan-base and his latest album eagerly awaited by fans, the future looks bright for Rob Stone, San Diego’s most successful rapper to date.
Rob Stone Personal Life & FAQ’s
Is Rob Stone married?
Rob Stone is known to keep his private life out of the public eye, his Instagram account features much of his music with occasional glimpses into his private life, but so far there’s been no mention of a steady relationship. In April 2017 Rob tweeted a picture of himself posing with his ‘Baby mama’, but whether he really is in a relationship with the attractive dark haired lady in the photo is anyone’s guess.
What is Rob Stone’s Salary & Annual Earnings in 2017
Rob’s earnings in 2017 are largely made up from sales of his two mixtapes, and proceeds from Chill Bill, which still continues to sell thousands of copies. His income has also been boosted by the incredible success of the Chill Bill video on Youtube and even though he uploads much of his work on the video sharing site, none of his other videos have been anywhere near as successful. Rob’s personal wealth now is estimated to be $200,000, but with the release of his first studio album due in days, his income during the next twelve months depends a great deal on how ‘Don’t Wait For It’ is received.
Where Does Rob Stone Live?
In early 2017 Rob Stone confirmed that he was no longer living in Orange Grove, San Diego, but he wasn’t keen to share the location of his new home. In April 2017, after his beef with XXXTentacion blew up – which we’ll come to in a moment, a friend of XXXTentacion tweeted Rob’s real name and home address, with the sinister message ‘I hope nobody you love at home’. Perhaps unwisely considering he was on parole at the time, XXXTentacion decided to re-tweet the tweet to his 400,000 followers and since then Rob is believed to have moved once again.
What’s The Story Behind Rob Stone’s Beef With XXXTentacion?
On April 9th 2017 Rob Stone was performing at The Observatory in San Diego as part of Desiigner’s Outlet Tour, as he was getting on stage Ski Mask the Slump God grabbed the mic and refused to leave the stage. Ski Mark was escorted off the stage by several men and he was allegedly beaten up afterwards. When XXXTencation heard about the incident he took to social media to vent about the situation. The next day Ski Mark was performing at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles when he was grabbed from behind by two unidentified individuals and all three of them fell of the stage and into the crowd. Ski Mask was then chased by a large group of people and claims he was attacked by eight assailants, with the result that a friend of his was stabbed.
Both Rob Stone and Ski Mask were dropped from Desiigner’s Outlet Tour after the LA incident and both gave conflicting reports of what had happened on social media in the days afterwards. More beef between Ski Mask and Rob Stone occurred after Rob was replaced by Ski Mask at the Rolling Loud Festival. With the war of words between Rob and Ski Mask heating up, things came to a head in June 2017 when Ski Mask’s friend and vocal supporter XXXTentacion was sucker punched on stage and instantly knocked out. A large brawl broke out on stage and at the back of the venue during which a nineteen year old was stabbed. The blame for the attack on XXXTentacion was laid at the feet of Rob Stone with many in the crowd chanting ‘Fuck Rob Stone’ immediately after the brawl had been stopped. Since then the beef may have cooled slightly between Ski Mask, XXXTentacion and Rob Stone, but the animosity between the rappers is still clear to see, and if they don’t sort their problems out through mediation, the situation could easily explode into further violence.