The Island Boys, as the internet has dubbed them, are the latest to credit TikTok with their new found fame. They're twin rappers from Florida who have recently released their first official music video.
Here's everything you need to know.
Who are the Island Boys and why are they famous?
The Island Boys are fraternal twins from South Florida who went viral for a song they made up in a freestyle together in a swimming pool on TikTok. The song goes: "Cause I'm an island boy, and I've been trying to make it / Oh, I'm an island boy / Ayy, I'ma just island boy, I'ma just island boy," which is where their nickname has come from.
The skit became so popular, they made a full track and music video for it in December 2021. The bizarre music video divided viewers, with some fans being really supportive of the boys' new found fame and others mocking it. Shortly after, they appeared on Logan Paul's Impaulsive podcast and stormed off set after a heated discussion with one of its hosts.
Online, their names are Kodiyakredd and Flyysoulja, but they've actually got pretty normal real names. Kodiyakredd's real name is Franky and Flyysoulja's is Alex.
The boys explained that they have Cuban heritage, which is what their song has been inspired by. The boys have released several tracks on their YouTube channel 'Big Bag Ent,' which has more than 84,000 subscribers at the time of this article's publication. That's an increase of over 50,000 subscribers since November 2021, when they first started gaining traction on social media.
Franky and Alex have got a bit of a troubled past and admitted to repeatedly getting in trouble with the police growing up. They were raised by their single mother after their father died in 2005, but they were kicked out at 18 because their mum got fed up with the police knocking on the door.
The twins said they didn't know what they wanted to be growing up, only that they planned on being rich and famous.
Island Boys Key Facts
- Real Names: Franky & Alex Venegas
- Age: 20
- DoB: 16th July 2001 (unconfirmed)
- Nationality: American
- Net Worth: $200,000
- TikTok Followers: 3 million (combined)
- Instagram Followers: 740,000 combined
- YouTube Subscribers: 84,700
All numbers correct as of December 2021.
Island Boys Net Worth: How much do the Island Boys earn?
It's estimated that the twins are worth $200,000 (£151,000) in 2021. The pair say they rap full time and they now have their own merchandise as well as being on Cameo. They charge £144 for a private booking and £444 for a business booking on the platform.
Since going viral on TikTok, rapper Kodak Black has reached out to them and offered to sign them to his label. Apparently though, the lads were a bit apprehensive about jumping into record deals just yet.
In August 2021, Alex, answering fan questions on TikTok, said: "I'm not currently signed to no label. I'm independent and so far I'm doing pretty good when it comes to the money... because I feel like labels just take my money and I'm doing pretty good right now, I got racks."
How old are the Island Boys?
The twins are reportedly 20-years-old and were born on 16th July 2001.
Alex and Franky have hispanic heritage as both of their parents were born in Cuba, but they are American by nationality.
Do they have girlfriends?
It's not clear if either of the boys are in a relationship right now, but they've both been seen posing with girls on their Instagram accounts.
In October 2021, Alex posted a photo of him with his arms around a girl on the beach and captioned it: "My soulmate bby." Her username is @toxiicfaiiry and she has an Onlyfans account, but not much else is known about her.
In the same month, Franky posted on his Instagram with a girl going by the username @itsmontiibabii. She's only got two posts on her Instagram profile, one being a photo of her with Franky, but she's got 113,000 followers at the time of this article's publication. One of Franky's first posts on Instagram back in September 2021 was a video of him kissing and cuddling up to her.
Interesting Facts About The Island Boys
Here are a few interesting things to know about the Island Boys.
1) Alex's '17' tattoo has a meaning
Answering fan questions on his TikTok, Alex (Flyysoulja) explained tha the '17' tattoo on his forehead is his "Angel number."
"It means I'm in a good divine purpose in life, I am in the right path as we speak right now," he explained.
2) They're Cuban, but have never been to Cuba
As mentioned, the boys' parents were both Cuban-born, but the boys were born in America. When answering fan questions on TikTok, Alex confirmed they'd never actually been to Cuba, despite that being where their parents came from. They do, however, speak Spanish as well as English.
3) Franky is the oldest
In a TikTok Q&A, one follower asked which twin was the oldest. Franky said he was the oldest by two minutes and that they're also fraternal twins, despite looking identical
Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Big Bag Ent