Rickey J: Respect the Lifestyle
Erupting from the South is the next game-changing force in the hip hop world, firing hard hitting verses at his competitors in rapid succession until his clip is finally empty. Steamier than a Georgia heat wave and as infectious as the flu, Atlanta’s Rickey J is spreading his wings and branching out into a full blown solo career after collaborating with the Brownlee Boyz for a number of years. Currently riding the success of his new mixtape The Lifestyle and preparing another release for this spring, the spotlight is following this budding artist every step of the way.
While discovering his love for music in high school, Rickey quickly began to write and create rhymes and beats with friends and locals throughout Atlanta. Shortly after forming the Brownlee Boyz, the group began to perform in venues around the city, including a number of showcases and open mic nights. In 2011, he split from the band, striking out on his own to begin a promising solo career while preparing himself to take on the naysayers and ultimately prove everyone wrong.
Rickey continued to ink new material, combining elements of hip hop and R&B while drawing inspiration from artists all around the country such as Andre 3000, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Eminem and J Cole. His first mixtape The Lifestyle was finally released onto the community and gained recognition almost immediately through a featured spot on Datpiff.com, a major resource for free hip hop mixtapes. The thrilling track produced by Jaywaninc Beats, “That Guy” was selected as the inaugural single, and has a music video due out sometime in February.
This young rap phenom isn’t about to rest though, as he is already preparing to drop the next single from his follow up release on March 1, 2012. “The Baddest” will kick off the stir surrounding his upcoming mixtape, Respect It, which will follow the single’s release during the spring. Rickey also expects to schedule performances around the greater Atlanta area to help support the new release while spreading the word about true underground, independent hip hop in Georgia.
Fans can check out some of Rickey’s explosive Southern hip hop flavor through streaming audio on his ReverbNation or Jango pages, and connect with him through Facebook or Twitter. A number of videos are available on YouTube, and people should keep their eyes peeled for the “That Guy” video in February. The Lifestyle can be downloaded for free from Datpiff.com and Respect It will be available this spring.