RICO BAND$$ IS AN ARTIST FROM BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY; CAME ON THE NEW YORK RAP SEEN IN 2017 BUILDING HIS BUZZ IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE BUSHWICK SECTION OF BROOKLYN, NY. CAPITALIZING FROM THE NEW PUBS AND BARS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA, RICO HAS BEEN HONING HIS CRAFT AND TESTING THE MARKET WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES AND WORKING DJ POOLS. RICO BAND$$ HAS BEEN WORKING ON HIS FIRST E.P SELF TITLED “THE NAICHE PROJECT”, WHICH CONSIST OF 7 TRACKS THAT INTRODUCES THE LISTENER TO RICO BAND$$ HARD HITTING GROVES! RICO BAND$$ AND PRODUCTION HOUSE PYPEN HOTTT ENTERTAINMENT ALSO FROM BROOKLYN, NY, HAVE COME TOGETHER TO BUILD THEIR OWN SOUND THAT UNIQUELY DEFINES RICO BAND$$ FROM ALL THE REST. RICO BAND$$ GOAL IS TO OBTAIN SUCCESS IN VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL MARKETS WHILE BRINGING BACK THE BOOGIE AND PARTY TO HIS GENERATION’S NEW YORK RAP SEEN!
Where are you from?
I am from Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, the home of Da Beatminerz and The Arsonists, for those OG’s out there who know who I’m talking about. Bushwick stand up!!
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been actually spitting bars consistently for a year, learning to hone my craft, but I have always been a bedroom and project hallway rapper since I was in my early teens.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
I am currently working on my first album Titled: The Naiche Project; it will be 7 songs. All of which will educate the listener to my journey through my teen years. I hope that my followers and listening audience can identify with me and hear something that connects with them.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
So again, The Naiche Project will be released hopefully on time during the end of the second quarter of 2018. I have a few cuts off the album that have been well received on my youtube channel PypenHotMusic1. The Title of the project includes my actual name Naiche and of course it will be my first real commercially scheduled released project. I put plenty of effort into this project. It’s my name sake and I have a lot of pressure to win. I am a real sportsman and competitive. I look at this as a B-Ball game and the haters as the full court press. Just to let you know my point guard game is official! Anyway, not to lose track of the question, I’m a New Yorker and I love the Trap Music, but as a New Yorker, we are fast paced grinding on this side of town. We are the official rat race city, that’s famous for the gritty streets, party life,fast breesh, and swoop down on a feline honey comb to mellow out the rest of our day. My music as a New Yorker should reflect that. This is what inspires me when writing. I’m not Gang Gang, so you aren’t going to get that from my music. I fucks with the Feline Honey Combs, this is all authentic Player here, you dig!, but don’t get it twisted, I’m no slouch with my fists either. My music is focused on the ladies. I’m 18, I don’t think about nothing but stacking my breesh and bagging pretty Felines.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I watched my Pop work on music with artists and seen him in the studios collaborating and building projects in the past. Quietly, creating a desire to one day create my own music. I woke up one morning and shared my vision with him about doing music. He asked me if I was serious and I said yeah so he scheduled me a session so that I could show him what I’ve been up to. He of course wasn’t blown away but he heard potential and offered to help develop me. He says he’s from the generation of real bar spitters, LOL, and here I am now ready in go mode!
What do you think of the music industry in 2018?
The music industry in my generation 2018, I believe is brewing an awakening of a diverse crafting. My Pop had me do what he calls homework. He had me study what he calls the greats of Hip Hop 80’s-90’s; during that time Hip Hop had a diversity of different artists sounds. Meaning, gangster rap, conscious rap, prophetic rap, news reporter rappers, those who rapped about what they seen, but personally had’t experienced, pimp, player, and party rappers.
My generation 2018 is gradually starting to turn back into that, especially once the game officially opens back up for us New York and California rappers. Much love to the South Artists, they keep the game alive and great sounds of artistry is keeping every one on their toes. I love the south sound, but there is more to Hip Hop music than the south. For example, my New York experience is different from some one from Detroit, Michigan, as is the Chi-Town mid-west is different from Atlanta. We all have the common denominator of poverty, but the experience of dealing with and witnessing the poverty is not the same. California had Korean store owners in their neighborhoods, in New York we have the Middle-Easterner, the South has Family Dollar, buying your loaf of bread is different! LOL, shout out to my Korean and Middle-East people, they know what I’m saying.
So the music industry has to diversify the sound sooner or later or the Majors will fall to the Amazons and Apples of the world. Amazon would kill the game if they were to actually create a music division that provided marketing and promotion and now released the product exclusively. Isn’t Amazon doing films now? So the music industry is going to have to adapt to allowing a broader arrangement of sounds to embrace the what is soon to come anyway. Who would of thought the track Gucci Gucci was going to get to where its at?
Who do you think the most influential artist?
The most influential artist right now are The Migos! They created a sound and ran with it and now majority of those in the game are emulating something from them. You have Kendrick, “a true bar spitter”, Uzi Vert, who knows how to move a crowd, man, there are so many artist right now. Listen they can say what they want about Drake, but he squashed the game; he can take any one’s flow style, father it and then come back and spank them with it. Hey, now you know I wasn’t going to leave out triple O.G, Jay Z. I’m from Brooklyn, and JayZ maybe in those upper years, but this last album, he was giving jewels and he was severely critiqued on it, but I think its his best work ever creatively maybe, not commercially, due to a new generation of listeners. But JayZ accomplished what the others hadn’t, and of course I have to include Tupac, Big, and Nas, they created a genre of hits and set the bar, for all those to follow like me.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
I ‘m pretty new in the game right now but ask me this question in the fore-coming and I will have a list soon to impress you.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
I differ currently till some-one tries to jack my winning formula, due to my music being honey comb based. I’m taking the recommendation of Tupac, make music for the ladies and I definitely love the ladies. Seriously though, my music is personal, I really bag honey combs, and I really party hard, I really get breesh, and I go to school, so my music really reflects what I’m about. I’m not rapping about something or someone I’m not. I do feel good party music. If you want Gang Gang music, which I like to hear too , there are plenty of gangsters you could seek out.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with Biggie, Tupac and Uzi Vert. I don’t have to explain why the first two are are a dream collaboration, but Uzi Vert, I have much respect for his music and talent. He tried the gangster image first and then found that different style and changed up to finally win with. Hard work!!
What was the first album you bought?
The first album I personally purchased was Nothing Was The Same by Drake in ’13. Started From The Bottom spoke to me as a kid in Brooklyn. It let me know that I could a rose that grows from concrete, to quote Tupac.
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
My favorite track right now is from my Young M.A, when she did a remix version of the Migos track I Get The Bag, She ripped that $#!+
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
If I had to sell my music collection tomorrow, I wouldn’t leave anything in my draw because my product is Hot! everything Hot that I touched. Didn’t I say I from Brooklyn!
What is your favorite saying?
My favorite saying I got from my Pop, If you like I love it!
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I play B-Ball and I’m sick on the court. I did say earlier in this interview my point guard game ain’t nothing to mess with.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Yeah I have Tats! and each of them have a meaning to me, for example, I have my mom’s name on my left fore-arm, my Pop’s name on my left shoulder, and a few other Tats on the body.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
My new E.P., The Naiche Project, will include a sound that’s new from an instrumental format and cadences delivered from me through out. I’m introducing what my team and I call Solar funk rap tracks for my generation. I have a track named I’m Winning, which includes a recording of my father speaking with me sharing some of his wisdom; when I recorded him, he had no idea I was recording so its him being himself with me. I’m very confident in my music, but listen, I know that right now the Southern Trap seen instrumentally are what the current listening audience is accustomed. I believe though, that there is an audience that is paying attention to me right now and they are gradually adapting to possibilities of allowing new artistry to come to the party! There are a slew of us new artist out there that are breaking into the game. Here we come!
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
Down the pipeline, I’m looking to tour my music this year and get it out there to the broader audience and see if I can grab their ears! I’m still building my buzz in my back-yard of New York. I would like for New York artist to continue being creative and push the envelope a little more. New York artists can still be relevant collectively, while being different from the commercially expectations placed on us from the A&Rs. I’m also looking to cross over into the modeling and acting games too, due my love for the arts of entertaining. Also be on the look out for my point guard game on the New York B-Ball courts.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
I want to thank you for letting me get the opportunity to share with your followers and give them a better look at me and what I’m bringing to the game. They can follow me on my my socials