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Life & Work with Rickie B.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rickie B.

Hi Rickie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Music has always been a part of my family.

I have always made songs and always been singing and freestyling and was very interested in music production as early as 11. But I became serious around the age of 17 (2010). My best friend (Tiny G.) & his pops (who is like a 2nd dad) basically took me and taught me about the music game. Tiny G taught me how to make beats and his dad had us form a music group together (Etymology the Team).

I’ve had a ton of help along the way outside of them (way too many people to name). But those two were critical to me early in my career, especially production-wise. As a rapper, I’m big on wordplay and lyricism but most importantly, delivering a message to change people’s mindsets for the better. I’m a storyteller, and rap about what I’ve lived or seen with my own eyes.

2012 is when I dropped my first project “The Entree” while attending the University of Nevada, Reno, and caught a little buzz. Then the next year I dropped “The Appetizer” which landed me my first music contract, but I turned it down due to me being in college.

Two mixtapes later, I released a project called “The Free Sample” which landed me my first major radio station in Vegas (Power 88.1) with the help of my guy Miles Low. Then in 2018, I dropped my first album “Small City Big Dreamz” with the help of my guy Luke Wynn. That project placed me in a competition for the B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards in which I landed a touring contract and really got a buzz going for my music.

I took a bit of time off and relocated back to Vegas after being in Reno and focused my attention on family and decided to help manage, produce and engineer other artists and really teach them the game (like I was taught). But now, I’m back and ready to get on the scene and truly become recognized Worldwide and help save and change some lives in the process.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has definitely been bumpy. The main challenges lie in the marketing side of things and also the mental blocks I’ve had and put on myself.

Artists can be very critical of themselves and it’s hard to really stay consistent when you don’t have a team around you to help you with opportunities, say like if you were signed to a major label. But the knowledge is out there and I’ve grown accustomed to working smarter and figuring out ways to move with a certain budget.

Me having my own family is a challenge as well. I can’t allocate my time to music like I used to. But when you love something, you find a way & that’s what this journey has taught to me. But I welcome all the challenges though because it’s the only way to truly grow. That pressure is what helps create a Diamond.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m an artist in short. A creative. I rap, sing, songwriter, produce, engineer music, and help manage other artists and assist with their creative journeys as well. What sets me apart is my lyrical ability and my way around words; how I’m able to tell a story and be witty… to capture metaphors most people can hear and relate to (that most people wouldn’t think of).

What sets me apart is that I’m me. Nobody can say things the way I say them and bring my type of energy. I always find a way to stand out on a song. Production-wise, my beats give life and tell a story before the words get on it. Every time I play a beat for someone they always say they can hear my work in a movie. I always find ways to deliver a message all at the same time.

I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve remained me this whole time within my music career. Integrity and being real goes a long way in this business and you never know who is watching you and who you’ll impact by remaining true to yourself. The best part about that is that I support others and I love seeing others shine as well as receiving some shine. That’s Rickie B.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Every step I take musically is a risk because I’m not trying to sound like everyone else. You may think I sound like this person or that person but it’s never my intention to do that.

But because of that, I am a risk. I’m not afraid to talk about Jesus in my songs and my faith and how Christ is the foundation of my life. I’m not afraid to talk about deep topics and I’m not afraid of failing. I took a risk by hopping into a competition with 1,000 other individuals, not knowing how the rest of the country would feel about my music.

But if I never did that, I would have never placed 4th and received a touring contract. You have to invest in yourself to make it in your life period, so I would say I’m a risk-taker.

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