Spencer Polanco Knight (b. April 20, 1992) is an American beatboxer and musician whose net worth as of 2022 is estimated to be $3 million, according to sources like Business Insider and Forbes. His initial rise to fame was because of his beatboxing videos on YouTube and TikTok.
The latter platform would catapult him to being the 8th, and then the 11th most followed person on TikTok, as well as collaboration with many eminent media personalities. He is famously nicknamed “The Mouth Music Man”.
Spencer first started exploring music from a young age. In middle school, he first picked up percussion, trumpet, and bass and began playing them. Spencer was introduced to beatboxing by a friend around the same time, who started beatboxing while they played tennis.
Spencer’s curiosity about beatboxing grew over time and he began researching and learning as much as he could about the art. He then decided to start beatboxing himself.
In school, Spencer started getting involved with Hip-hop clubs and performing. His professional career began shortly after school, where he joined the acapella group “Midnight Ramblers.” The acapella group auditioned for NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Later, he joined the acapella group “Backtrack.”
Spencer X started posting on YouTube in January 2012. He first gained worldwide attention when one of his videos, which is now deleted, called “One beatboxer, 14 genres,” went viral. His follow-up video, “One beatboxer, 20 sound effects,” went viral as well with millions of views.
Although he spent the majority of his 20s dropping out of university twice and busking in Manhattan, New York City along with a lot of random busking acts, he continued to post on YouTube, with the hopes of getting noticed and signed by a record label. In 2019, he started posting on TikTok regularly.
After that, his career on social media took off.
|Real Name||Spencer Polanco Knight|
|Stage Name||Spencer X|
|DOB and Age||April 20, 1992; age 30 years|
|Height||6’2” (185 cm)|
|Weight||77 kg (169 lbs)|
|Net Worth||$3 million|
|Followers||YouTube: 2.67 million|
|TikTok: 55 million; 1.3 billion likes|
|Instagram: 1 million|
|Address/Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Total Views||YouTube: 136,794,128 views|
|TikTok: 219.5 million views|
Spencer’s main sources of income are through YouTube and TikTok.
On YouTube, where he has 2.68 million subscribers, his estimated monthly income is $84-$1.3k and his yearly income is estimated to be $1k-16.2k, according to Social Blade. This accounts for a comparatively minor part of his income.
The majority of his income comes from TikTok, where he currently has 55.06 million followers, 1.3 billion likes, and 219.5 million views. He started posting there in 2019.
In 2020, Forbes reported that he had earned $1.2 million dollars from TikTok, which included brand endorsements, paid promotions, and sponsorships, along with his regular content. He also made it to no.6 on Forbes’ inaugural list of the top-earning TikTok stars of 2020.
In 2020, Spencer X joined the “Shluv House”, a contemporary to the popular TikTok groups the Hype House and Sway House. According to its social media, its current members probably include Spencer X, Michael “Just Maiko” Le (its founder), Jonathan Le, Javier Romero, Matthew Gonzalez, Michael Uy, Derek “asapgoku” Graham, and couple Jon Klaasen and Elyssa Joy.
He first gained a large amount of attention in August 2019, when he did a live stream and there were many followers and other viewers, raising more than a thousand dollars. This got him noticed by interested advertisers as well as major brands.
Spencer’s first ad was a spot for Nickelodeon, for which Spencer came up with a skit that co-starred his mother, father, and sister, and he flew home to his parent’s place in Manhattan and recorded it there with them and his sister on his phone.
He has since gotten additional brand sponsorships from Oreo, Sony, Uno, Monster Energy, Break Free Worldwide, Chips Ahoy, Sketchers, and HBO, deals that account for the bulk of his estimated earnings. He has also previously partnered with Citibank, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Vans, Yelp, and Saks 5th Avenue.
According to Forbes, the main reason why advertisers are looking to partner with him over comparatively younger TikTokers is to not be associated with “teenage antics” or basically in layman’s terms, what would be called ‘cringe content’. The advertisers are likely to believe that he and his content are not controversial, hence willing to give more support to him over other influencers.
Spencer was also one of the first 19 TikTokers in 2020 to receive the $2 billion Creators’ Fund. However, details have not been divulged by either party as to how this fund would be used to help creators generate new content.
As of 2022, Spencer has partnered with JBL, to launch the brand’s limited-edition gaming headset in collaboration with 100 Thieves. Spencer X also has collaborated with famous musicians for the past few years. He has performed with notable rappers and hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, The Filharmonic, Dead Prez, Sean Kingston, Rahzel of The Roots, Doug E. Fresh, and Marshmello. He has released his original songs on Spotify, as of 2022.
Spencer X currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He moved to LA in 2019 after staying with his parents in Manhattan for the majority of his career, supposedly residing in the “Shluv House” in 2020 for some time. As of now, it is unknown how many cars or real estate he owns, as it has not been revealed to the public.
A. No. He is of Ecuadorian descent from his paternal side and Chinese descent from his maternal side.
A. As of 2022, he is not in a relationship with anyone.
A. Yes. He has one younger sister named Gigi.
A. He studied science for 1.5 years at Purchase College, New York, and dropped out. He later tried studying math at the City University of New York, only to drop out the second time.
A. He mainly busked in Union Square, NYC alongside several street acts, including an acapella quintet, a bluegrass act, and a Russian rock band.