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Goest Ryder

Pittsburgh, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Pittsburgh, PA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop




"Goest Ryder "Dependent on Chemicals" Video"

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania very own recording rap artist “Goest Ryder” hits us with his new music video titled “Dependent on Chemicals” ft. Mike Stylz on the hook, first single off the upcoming mixtape “Goest Storiez: The Prologue”. To be honest we’ve been waiting on this hot joint to become visual. This song possesses fire from the flow to the delivery, and from the hook to the production, it all works well together. Now that we got the video, it really speaks high volume of quality. We at Street Motivation got major respect for this artist, get the copy of his story featured in our “Redman” Issue and take a ride into Goest Ryders past, we promise you’ll gain major respect for this artist, he is truly an inspiration and a self-street motivated individual. Visit his website www.Goestryder.com and enjoy the new video, this is new Hip Hop Music - Street Motivation Magazine

"Goest Ryder seeks to inspire with his own story of resilience"

It’s not the first time he’s been on the Smiling Moose’s stage, but on this night, he’s the de facto emcee on a bill featuring several other hip-hop artists. A dozen smartphones rise above the crowd to capture the man in the spotlight. “[I] made a lot of sacrifices for this,” he says. “We ‘bout to turn the f*ck up.”

Goest Ryder has been through a lot to get to where he is today. Née Andy Streshenkoff, Goest Ryder went from troubled youth to successful contractor and business owner to drug addict and incarcerated individual.

Now five years out of prison, he’s spending his time putting out music and supporting other musicians through his label/collective Lafiosa Enterprise. Lafiosa is an acronym for “Loyalty Amongst Family Is Our Strength Always.”

Streshenkoff began writing most of the lyrics to his forthcoming record Goest Stories: The Prologue while he was incarcerated. As a kid he’d freestyle with friends, but he never took it seriously until he was in prison.

“The name Goest Ryder actually came from my passion to ghost write. I never saw myself as an artist, but I’d battle dudes [in prison] and they’d be like, ‘You’re not a ghost writer you’re a ghost rider,’ because the shit was hot,” explains Streshenkoff.

When he got out, he went into the studio with lyrics, never having put a full song together. Not long after recording some tracks, he found himself opening for Juicy J. And the songs Streshenkoff has written are intensely personal.

“There are so many people that relate to these things — drug addiction, being in juvenile detention, being in prison as an adult, living a blue collar work ethic, growing up in a single parent home,” explains Streshenkoff.

But he has no problem writing and performing the vulnerable, honest music he’s written. “It’s genuine,” he explains. “It’s all from my own personal experience.”

In addition to hustling musically, Streshenkoff is giving back by speaking to troubled youth at the school where he spent some of his teenage years, George Junior Republic, as well as the Shuman Center in Pittsburgh.

“I’m trying to use my position to show these kids that they can accomplish anything in life if they set their mind to it,” says Streshenkoff.

“It’s good for the kids, and it’s good for me. To be at [George Junior] as a child, never thinking I would be here where I’m at right now, and being able to go back — I’ve been in that position so I know what they’re going through mentally, emotionally, being away from home, going through legal problems. It’s giving them a glimpse of hope, saying, ‘you can achieve anything you want to achieve, be anything you want to be.’” - Meg Fair and Alex McCann, Pittsburgh City Paper

"Pittsburgh rapper Goest Ryder to perform at the Gathering of the Juggalos"

Carrick native and hip hop artist Goest Ryder will be performing at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio, this weekend and has a mixtape set for release sometime in mid-2018 as well.

Goest Ryder (born Andrew Streshenkoff) developed his name from his passion for ghost writing for other people. He was incarcerated in 2011 for charges that resulted from his drug addiction. During his two years in prison, he began writing for himself, becoming the Goest Ryder. His 2018 single, “Dependent on Chemicals,” discusses his struggle with drugs and his perseverance since that time.

He recently performed at Yinzfest at Mr. Smalls and took the show as an opportunity to expand his fan base, working with people in Pittsburgh’s independent music scene and showcasing his talents to a new group of listeners. “The music can branch into the fans of other genres,” he said. “We got to capture the attention of fans of metal and rock.”

This weekend, Goest is traveling to the 19th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, where he is slated to perform on the Pendulum Stage on July 21 at 4 p.m. The Gathering is a large festival that draws thousands of people each year, with Sunday being the main day of the festival.

In addition, Goest has a mixtape, “Goest Storiez: The Prologue,” coming out soon. He’s hoping to have it out in the coming months and that following the mixtape, “something great is around the corner.” He added that his drive and determination are what keep him going with everything he does in the music business.

“All my hard work will pay off as long as I keep pushing forward,” he said. “Life is like chess — you have to sacrifice your pawns, make those sacrifices to be rewarded.”

The father of five attributes his work ethic to the blue collar city of Pittsburgh, where he was born and raised. He respects the city and pays respect to it through his music. His ultimate goal is to make an impact on a national level for the label he co-founded, Lafiosa Enterprise, which he hopes to build into a major independent label, similar to Strange Music.

Lafiosa being an acronym for “Loyalty amongst family is our strength always,” Goest referred to the label as being “more of a family than a business.” Those that are part of the team, as well as their biggest supporters, make up the family.

Having opened for Juicy J, Travis Scott and Project Pat in the past, this weekend presents a new challenge for Goest, who acknowledged how extremely loyal juggalos are as fans. He plans to network at the festival on the days prior to his performance and win them over with his set to connect with the fan base and make them fans of his and of Lafiosa’s.

Following the Gathering of the Juggalos, he plans to push his brand forward with the momentum he receives and to build a good reputation with Pittsburgh and the hip-hop community. After the release of “Goest Storiez,” the label has plans to kick off what is currently billed the “Lafiosa Presents…” tour. - Adam Duke, Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Still working on that hot first release.



Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Goest Ryder appeared in the hip hop scene in late 2013, let it be known, this Pittsburgh emcee has hit the ground running! His love for music started early on, while listening to his mothers vinyl collection. In the late eighties when Guns N’ Roses exploded onto the scene, young Andrew was transfixed by their music and their rock star persona. While his friends wanted the latest action figures, he wanted the latest cassette tapes. He knew then in his young mind that he wanted to grow up and be a rock star. In 1992, young Goest was introduced to Dr. Dre’s, The Chronic. From that point on, he fell head over heels in love with hip-hop. His passion for music drove him to start writing lyrics in hopes that one day his skills would land him a career as a 'ghostwriter'. Unfortunately, a series of life events landed Goest Ryder in prison. While incarcerated, his only outlet was his pen and his pad. He spent the next two years writing his story in the form of rhymes that would never shy away from being personal. He proved just how personal he was willing to go in his songs “Dependent On Chemicals” (about his drug addiction), and “Conflicted” (a heartfelt song written for his children). Both songs are going to be on his upcoming album "Goest Storiez" set for a January 2016 release. After being released from prison in June 2013, Goest hooked up with long time friend, Bigg Will, who introduced him to producer, Mike Stylz. Stylz liked what he heard from Goest, and agreed to produce and record for him. After recording just a few songs for Goest Ryder’s solo project, Stylz asked him if he wanted to be apart of the new Lafiosa project. Goest agreed, making him a major contributor on the upcoming full-length Lafiosa album, in addition to his upcoming solo project. Goest Ryder is a talented emcee who currently has several projects in the making, as well as being very active in the underground music scene. He has been apart of national tours such as the "Never Sober Tour". He has rocked crowds of thousands with many artists including; Juicy J, Project Pat, Travis Scott, and many more. He will surely capture the hearts and minds of hip-hop fans. Expect big things from this truly talented and passionate young man who goes by the name of Goest Ryder.

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