60 Seconds: What are some of the roles you play?
R.I.C.O.: I collaborate a lot with the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, throw hip hop shows from time to time, and I am an up-and-comer in the coming Memphop scene here in Midtown Memphis.
60 Seconds: How did you learn your talent?
R.I.C.O.: Around 8 or 9 I started writing little poems and things of that nature. Starting singing in choir. After middle school, I moved back to Memphis from Atlanta and started writing raps and freestyling after school. My sophomore year I started playing the guitar. And this past year, after being in the rock scene since like 2005, I returned to hip-hop, one of my first loves as far as music goes. Now I'm finding ways to combine the two.
60 Seconds: What is the best part about being a musician performer artists?
R.I.C.O.: Performing. That is absolutely the best part about being a musician. The stage is like an addiction, at least to me. I become I completely different person, telling stories of the person that I am.
60 Seconds: What do you have coming up?
R.I.C.O.: I have a mixtape coming up (My Badd) and the album (The Q.R. Code) should follow soon after, at latest July.
60 Seconds: What are your major aspirations ?
R.I.C.O.: My major aspiration is to be a national example of the musical culture and greatness of Memphis. Memphis has been overlooked for way too long. We have way too much talent being exported to other "big cities" like Atlanta, Austin, L.A. and the like.
60 Seconds: How is your music art connected to being in Memphis ?
R.I.C.O.: Everything I talked about pretty much happened here. Usually between Cooper and Cleveland.
R.I.C.O.'s Memphis Favs
Place to eat
Place to be enlightened
Walking down Madison Ave
Other local artists
I love the rooftop of the Shrine Building.