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I was born and raised on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. I was addicted to dancehall and reggae music because it was the music of freedom. After coming to England, I fell in love with rap music and started a rap group called "The Emblem" with two of my best friends in the summer of 2001. I'm working on solo projects because of the fact that my brethrens are usually preoccupied with college and university. I see myself as a soldier in the ongoing battle to re-establish the essence of true hip hop. I aim to put the genre back where it belongs, i.e. in the hearts of people who go through the daily struggle that is known as LIFE and need some form of escape. That haven used to be hip hop! Time for a renaissance I feel...
Band/artist history
Well to be honest, I'm all about Emblem until my musical career comes to an end. It consists of myself - rapper/producer, Jay Silver - rapper and Xone - rapper/producer/recording and mixing engineer; the mastermind! lol... He really is a genius! Altogether, we bring a vibe that's not the usual commercial nonsense you tend to hear on radio these days.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I have had many live performances at various talent shows, clubs and bars around London with my group, The Emblem.
Your musical influences
I love 2pac... For the man he was, not just the music he made, which I also consider the best that hip hop has been blessed with. He's as real as one gets! I listen to anything from Ray Charles to Bounty Killer because their lifestyles and music compliment each other. It's all REAL! Most love to the UK artists reppin' as well... Kano, Klashnekoff, Kruga and the other Veterans in the game... Keep going!
What equipment do you use?
I am also a producer and thanks to guidelines from Xone, I have used Fruityloops to make a few of my favourite beats! I use the basics: mixer, condenser mic and a PC of course.
Anything else?
I have to give respect to artists on the Raskil Records label. They're truly the future of hip hop in the UK, primarily, but also worlwide. Keep going Ryan...You have the mind of a genius! Respect to 4SR (my family)...together, my aforementioned aim will be achieved! Also, lots of love to my NFL Rage, Nadine, Rachel, Logic, Maximus and Loose Cannonz, Danny English, Ryan 6'6 and Grippa...Of course my boys 4 life: The Emblem!!! Peace I appreciate the support that my family has shown me, namely my father in teaching me to be independent. Most of all, I can't express how much it means to have the mum I do, who stands by me in all I do. I will never know a better mentor or friend. Love you mom!!! Danece, I love you more than words can tell. I'd die for you and don't you ever forget that. As long as I breathe, your happiness is at the top of my priorities. Love you!!! Grandma, you're always in my thoughts and will eternally be in my heart!
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