Hip-hop artist Ricco releases debut project and joins elite group of leaders of the new school

Hip-hop artist, Ricco. Photo: Ricco

The South African hip-hop music scene is about to experience a shift yet again by a young creative artist.

The youth of today are continuously coming up with new and fresh sounds in the music game and in the process, furthering South Africa’s reach in the world.
One such artist who is about to throw his contribution to this movement is rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, Ricco.

Originally from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, Ricco grew up in the small neighbourhood of KamaGugu.

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Ricco caught the music bug at the age of 16 and now, at age 23, has fully settled in Johannesburg and is releasing his first official project as an artist.

The project is a collection of what feels like short stories about the journey he has taken to get to where he is today.
“What’s special about this EP is that it’s my first project ever,” Ricco said.

“The most special thing is that it explains where I come from and the changes that have taken place to get to where I am. I chose music because at a point in time it was the only thing that put a smile on my face. Even though I only really answered my calling at 16, I wished I started earlier.”
The EP, Time Lapse, was produced by Ricco himself and one other song produced by the legendary beat maker, music producer, sound engineer, recording artist and owner of Raw X, pH who also handled the engineering on the project. The EP features artists Majik, TommyFLO and hip-hop heavyweight, Maggz.

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“All the features on the tape are special to me because all the people have had a huge impact on my progress. I see myself to be very privileged to be able to make music with inspiring artists who I also regard as good friends.”

The songs, on the surface, may seem very simple and straightforward, however, there are layers and of production and lyrical genius. It is sure to inspire any young individual that is also out there trying to break into the scene as a respected artist.

Photo: Ricco
Ricco hopes to see more young artists taking risks and pushing the envelope in South Africa. Photo: Ricco.

“I’m hoping this project puts me in a position where I can go out and inspire people to do good for themselves and to help my family do better in life.”

The project was recorded at Raw X Studios, a place that has seen industry players such as AKA, Khuli Chana, A-Reece, Nasty C, Reason and many others record there.

If these names are anything to go by, Ricco has a successful story ahead of him.

Edited by Stacey Woensdregt

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  AUTHOR
Sizwe Shabalala
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