Riko Redz is an American hip-hop artist with a rather eclectic approach -his music is direct, irreverent and in-your-face, with an energetic flow. He took time to talk to Tunebubble, about influences and some hope for 2021.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into creating music?
My name’s Riko Redz. I am a rapper, songwriter, model and actor. I’m 29 years old. I was born and raised in Baltimore. I first knew that I wanted to get into music when I seen Lil Wayne in the late 90s/early 00s. Seeing someone so young living the lifestyle that was presented was enticing to me.
Who are your influences musically? Which artists did you grow up listening to?
The artists who directly influence my music style are Lil Wayne, Eminem, Chamillionaire, Drake and Kanye. I listened to artists such as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, DMX, Jay Z, Tech N9ne, Daddy Yankee, Linkin Park, Hollywood Undead, Brokencyde, Remy Ma, Fat Joe and many more.
How have you been keeping busy these past few months?
I’ve been keeping busy over the past few months by working on the craft whether it be writing, recording, releasing, marketing, making cover art, networking and of course sleeping. YES ARTISTS SLEEP, DON’T LET US FOOL YOU
We see on Twitter that you've made some resolutions for 2021- do you have a wishlist for the artists and producers you'd like to work with next year?
Some artists and producers that I’ve never worked with who I’d like to work with are Fluerr, Semidubs, Bravo Season, Seji, Chloe Rain, 7imoncello, Weseley Beats and Chelzzz. And of course, artists that I have worked with before such as Karmaa, Lost.Mindd, Ciroyelle, Mr Snuff and Mateus Seth.
Which is your favourite song of your own?
My favorite song is a tie between “Be On It” and “SpaceGhost Feat Neronoir”. They both bring an incredible amount of energy in two different ways.
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing music?
I look to the night time energy and the beat that I’m writing to for inspiration. A lot of my songs start off from me freestyling and then I’ll write to fill in the gaps. My creative juices flow so well at night time.
If you were to make a playlist of your top 10 favourite songs, what would be on it?
1: SpaceGhost Ft. Neronoir by Riko Redz
2: Be On It by Riko Redz
3: Best Rapper Alive by Lil Wayne
4: I Am by Eminem
5: Take Care (whole album) by Drake 6: Born 2 Be Fly Ft. Krizz Kaliko, Tech N9ne by Cognito
7: Beat It by Michael JacksonBeat
8: In The End by Linkin Park
9: Ali Bomaye Ft. 2 Chainz, Rick Ross by The Game
10: But A Dream by G-Eazy
What plans are in the pipeline for you?
More music, more music and more music. My next songs “Anna Mae” and “Oceania” will be available January 22 and Valentine’s Day respectively. I’m going to release my first official project mid 2021. Also I’ll be experimenting in EDM throughout the year.
Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you and your music?
I make the music but it’s the fans and supporters who make everything worth it. That goes from the listeners to the artists/producers I’ve worked with to the distributors to the music academies to the people like Tunebubble giving these opportunities. There’s no Riko Redz without any of y’all.