Rice - 10 Questions Music Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I was in foster care and separated from my family after the loss of my Great grandmother . I felt lost and my foster brother who was doing music told me to just throw my feelings into writing so that gave me an escape to deal with the situation . Fast forward I’m back with my family and my brother started doing music and he’s a naturally dope artist . I was supposed to manage my brother M-Ezy and I went to the studio with him and the energy was calling me, so I said I wanted to do music but my bars were dope but song structure , execution sucked . We were recording music with some other independent artist and I wasn’t getting recording time so just like spin offs my brother and I bought our own recording equipment for me to practice . I got better but literally Paparatzi that produce Round it Up truly helped me develop as an artist . He asked important question what do I want from this music and then we got to work helping me to find my sound . It’s continued work because we cannot become complacent because this game is always changing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It’s crazy because I think so much happens in this industry that’s it’s no longer crazy, just something we chop up to the game . I made this dope song because I found the beat on my laptop and I’m all happy and I ask my brother to listen to it he said “you like that beat ? Because yeah that’s a beat me and my man already made a song “ I had put my heart and soul into my song .
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highest point thus far is being nominated by Street Fame Magazine and Round it Up being in the top 20 on the OEIMC because I know I have what it takes if I continue to work.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I’m actually exploring different approaches to writing music because I used to wait for a beat to speak to me , but now I have lyrics and I have a composer who can compose a beat to fit my lyrics.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge is not having the financial resources to really market and promote a song to get attraction that’s really needed.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
There are a few artist that I would love to share the stage with DaBaby , J_Cole, and more but literally old school artist who changed the industry and didn’t let the industry change them remained authentic to themselves.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Stay ready and you’ll never have to get ready. So whether I have an event coming up or not I’m practicing to make sure I’m using reference to engage my audience so they are a part of the performance.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Petty love which is an unreleased song, was hard to write , not just because there is so much underlying pain and disappointment that I wanted to put in that song but also I wanted a dope feature and so when I presented it to someone they had to feel the song . My videographers Canon Lawless’son give a different perspective “ love way too messy” in his verse this is a collaboration with nine year old @youngmikelawless. petty love is out of my comfort genre of Hiphop so that too made it more difficult because I had to find the right sound .
Petty love is going to be on my EP “Love Shouldn't Cost A Thing “ coming out next year.
What's coming up in the future?
J_Muzique and I are working on doing the No Brady video . We have a platform called Hustle Work Grind TV on HipHop Outfront so we’ll be collaborating with other creators for different content .and we’re hoping to fully have programming for the fall.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Entrepreneur and co-owner of Hustle Work Grind Records. Music is Rice's passion, and it’s given him the confidence to do so much more for himself and others. Songwriting and growing the business and the brand is just a part of what they do, charity, community, and family are at the core of their work and values.
Organizing a peaceful protest in my small town that was controversial to acknowledge the death of George Floyd and getting over 700 people to show up.
Nominating as best Hiphop artist by Street Fame Magazine for 2021.
Won an award for best Hiphop performance video “Black Excellence No Brady Performance on Poze Radio.