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Darren Watkins Jr., better known by his online alias IShowSpeed or simply Speed, is an American YouTuber, streamer, rapper, and songwriter currently signed to Warner Records. Buy Ishowspeed Merch Here

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Darren Watkins Jr. (born: January 21, 2005 [age 17]), better known online as IShowSpeed (or simply known as Speed, or Speedy), is an American gaming YouTuber, football athlete, hip-hop musician, and variety live-streamer, currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Darren is known for his extravagant, eccentric, hot-headed, and ostentatious personality on his variety of gaming and entertainment livestreams, and for gaining over 1 million subscribers in a matter of days in 2021, making him one of the youngest creators with the fastest-growing channels of that year, also being one of the most biggest YouTubers of color.

Darren became more famous when his fanbase started publishing clips about him on TikTok, with the majority of them becoming internet memes, like his interactions with Outfit7’s Talking Ben, being considered as Darren’s most popular ones, as well as making the game the most downloaded apps at that time he streamed his first gameplay on Talking Ben.

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In the beginning of 2021, Darren started to gain around 1,000 subscribers weekly and 350 viewers in his livestreams, growing consistently until surpassing 100,000 subscribers in April 2021. Between May and June of the same year, Darren’s fanbase started uploading clips from his livestreams and memes on TikTok, which helped Darren surpass 1 million subscribers in that same period of time within June 2021 (and eventually also surpassed 1.1 million subscribers). Darren’s main channel hit 10 million subscribers on July 22, 2022.

A few weeks later, in August 2022, Darren was arrested by the Cincinnati Police Department for prank-calling them and allegedly setting his PS5 on fire during a stream, but was later released the following day. Darren hit 1 billion views on his main channel on November 28, 2022.

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