New York hip-hop isn't what it once was, hell; New York isn't what it once was. If one rapper could truly embody that statement, it would be Sha Money XL's latest find, Harlem native, Riz. While he is from uptown, he gives no telltale signs that he is from the hip-hop haven that Puffy made famous with his shiny suits and later on Cam'Ron with his pink attire. Riz has a more subdued style and has the ability to craft tracks that appeal to audiences, whether from the smallest town in Mississippi or the streets of NYC.
Riz is also living proof that it takes more than talent and a big name behind you to make it big in this business as he still sees the struggle on a daily basis. Despite the obstacles a new artist is bound to face in today's rap scene, it's only a matter of time for Riz, as his grind has brought him this far. Sixshot.com caught up with Riz to discuss working with Sha Money XL, his mixtape, and why the game is changing, and not for the better. You're from Harlem but you're style doesn't really indicate that, do you hear that a lot? I get that a lot.
As far as musically and how I compose my records I get that a lot. For me it's a good thing because people who really listen to music as far as composition and arrangement tend to pick up on things like that. "Position of Power"as hot, were you happy with the response you got? I think it was a hit and miss situation with that. It didn't have the impact that I wanted it to have.Make Riz Playlist