Hailing from Chicago, stopping off in L.A., and taking root in Brooklyn, Matty Rico's sound is truly unique. Fans of such conscious yet admittedly pop-friendly artists as J.Cole and Chance the Rapper will find a familiar yet fresh take on witty, gratifying contemporary hip-hop with classic roots.
After making his mark on the blogs with the strong-willed New American mixtape in 2013, Rico tucked away for 2014 to hone in on a cleaner sound. With new producers, including B3 (Bobby Wooten) and Steve Metz, as well as features from upcoming songwriters Doe Paoro and Bryce Fox, Rico's contemporary shift toward pop sensibilities and anthemic hooks is indicative of his personal journey.
Balancing writing with the day-to-day grind is nothing new to Rico. It took uprooting himself and moving to New York to tune out the noise and craft his most realized work to date.
High Hopes, his upcoming full-length mixtape has a little something for everyone - from the throwback Tribe sounds to the unabashed odes to whisky, it's a requiem for growing up. Which, through rap or not, we all gotta do sometime.
Matty Rico - "Cheap Champagne"