Clemm Rishad

Clemm Rishad

 Tacoma, Washington, USA
BandHip Hop

It is rare that you come across a hip hop artist that is already a Grammy nominated, platinum, BMI award winning songwriter before they hit the national scene as an artist. These are the accolades Tacoma’s Clemm Rishad has already earned as half of the writing and production team Writers Block.


Known best for co-writing Nicki Minaj’s hit single “Fly”, as well as for work with Jason Derulo and Iyaz, Rishad’s work with established stars has been an asset when crafting his own music.

“Being a songwriter has really taught me how to think outside the of box, and I’ve been able to incorporate that into my own material, mixing it in with what I already do,” says Rishad. “ Being signed as a writer to Beluga Heights and J.R Rotem has helped me format my music differently at times, and always has me thinking about how to make great songs with strong hooks.”

Long before Rishad became a writer or an artist, he was the son of a pastor growing up in Tacoma. With his father’s devotion to religion, and a brother who was big in the streets, Rishad grew up learning about two very different worlds and need and outlet for his thoughts.

“I had been writing poetry as a way to express myself, which I wasn’t great at otherwise. Eventually that spilled over into music for me, as a way to vent and get things out,” explains Rishad. “My brother was already working on music, and really helped to bring me along as an artist.”

Soon enough these collaborations lead to Rishad’s first release Image of Me, which was followed by Close Your Eyes and See.

Now as Rishad steps out as an artist on a larger level, he is poised to add to his growing success in music.

“I want my music to move the people and would like to be seen as a leader and a musician and not someone that is going to fall into any type of specific category,” says Rishad.

Now as Rishad gears up for the release of his new project The Beginning, he is asking his growing fan base to join him on the adventure by launching an interactive campaign Journey To The Beginning that will allow fans to participate in designing the direction of Rishad’s career.


Image of Me EP 2008

Close Your Eyes and See EP 2010

The Beginning EP 2012