HOLLYWOOD RIC
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HOLLYWOOD RIC

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Hollywood RIC: Independent Hollywood"

Protégé(e) Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Hollywood RIC and ask him a few questions about his music career, how he featured on the 2006 World Cup Soundtrack, appeared on MTV2 and his current projects. Take a look at what Hollywood RIC had to say:
PM: How do you as an artist, want to be perceived?
HR: I want to be perceived as just being myself. No gimmicks. No fluff. As a real human being with an opinion and a voice. Nothing crazy as far as putting on a front, or putting on a costume, or a face. If you heard what I’ve said in my music, is exactly what I’m presenting to the people it’s not gonna be fabricated. I wanna be perceived as real because that’s what I’m being.
PM: What kind of sound do you create?
HR: I would describe my sound as well-rounded as far as being balanced. I consider it having a theatrical perspective on things. I can be real street at times, but yet be real sensitive at times and be conscious at the same time. I think I’m more balanced, not necessarily leaning in one direction; not just focusing on one particular thing. I deal a lot with emotions. So, what I’m talking about deals with how I’m feeling at the time, or how I want everybody else to hear it. My particular sound, I wouldn’t pinpoint it and just say one particular thing. I just think I’m well-rounded and balanced.
PM: Who are your influences?
HR: Well since I’m from Brooklyn! I grew up listening to Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z. I think Jay-Z as an artist is one of my biggest influences. I like any artist that can evoke emotion. I like DMX. I like Tupac, people like that. Artists that u can connect with on personal level.. artists that u can feel, those are the people who are my influences.
PM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
HR: Right now, I’m willing to collaborate with anyone who is serious about making good music, I’m not necessarily looking for a big name or anyone that’s just popular for the moment. Anyone that’s just about doing their thing, about mastering their craft. I’m open to anyone, not any particular artist. But I had to pick a fantasy artist, I’d probably want to collaborate with Sade, or somebody like that someone out the box.
PM: What obstacles have you faced trying to get into this industry?
HR: The thing about the industry, from my perspective is everything is not what you seems. The obstacle is trying to get the fake individuals and fake dreams out the way so I can focus on what I have to do. A lot of people don’t approach you with the right intentions. It’s up to you to decipher who’s real and who’s not. I think that’s one of biggest obstacles in my way. I can’t stand the fake. I’m tired of the fabrications within the music industry.
PM: What inspires you to pursue your passion?
HR: A lot of my music deals with how I’m feeling at the time. I don’t necessarily listen to what’s on the radio and try to copy that. I write about how I’m feeling emotionally. My inspiration comes from everyday life and with what I’m going through. Sometimes I have good days, and I write a happy song and I’ll talk about happy stuff. Then they’ll be a song when I’m hustlin’ and there’s pain or hurt involved so I talk about that . Everyday activity is my inspiration.
PM: How were you able to be featured on the 2006 World Cup Soundtrack?
HR: I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid. It’s a sport where I’m real competitive. Nike did an Urban Documentary on me about my struggles as a musician and a soccer player. They commended me after hearing my music. They saw that my music and sports linked together pretty well. So, they featured me on the documentary. They thought that since I would be a part of it why not. They featured me as an artist and as a sportsman on the soundtrack. That’s how it came to play.
PM: Tell me how did you get the opportunity to appear on MTV2?
HR: (Laughs). The way I got on MTV2 was kind of funny. When you’re trying to pursue something like music or anything within the entertainment - protege magazine


"Hollywood RIC: Independent Hollywood"

Protégé(e) Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Hollywood RIC and ask him a few questions about his music career, how he featured on the 2006 World Cup Soundtrack, appeared on MTV2 and his current projects. Take a look at what Hollywood RIC had to say:
PM: How do you as an artist, want to be perceived?
HR: I want to be perceived as just being myself. No gimmicks. No fluff. As a real human being with an opinion and a voice. Nothing crazy as far as putting on a front, or putting on a costume, or a face. If you heard what I’ve said in my music, is exactly what I’m presenting to the people it’s not gonna be fabricated. I wanna be perceived as real because that’s what I’m being.
PM: What kind of sound do you create?
HR: I would describe my sound as well-rounded as far as being balanced. I consider it having a theatrical perspective on things. I can be real street at times, but yet be real sensitive at times and be conscious at the same time. I think I’m more balanced, not necessarily leaning in one direction; not just focusing on one particular thing. I deal a lot with emotions. So, what I’m talking about deals with how I’m feeling at the time, or how I want everybody else to hear it. My particular sound, I wouldn’t pinpoint it and just say one particular thing. I just think I’m well-rounded and balanced.
PM: Who are your influences?
HR: Well since I’m from Brooklyn! I grew up listening to Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z. I think Jay-Z as an artist is one of my biggest influences. I like any artist that can evoke emotion. I like DMX. I like Tupac, people like that. Artists that u can connect with on personal level.. artists that u can feel, those are the people who are my influences.
PM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
HR: Right now, I’m willing to collaborate with anyone who is serious about making good music, I’m not necessarily looking for a big name or anyone that’s just popular for the moment. Anyone that’s just about doing their thing, about mastering their craft. I’m open to anyone, not any particular artist. But I had to pick a fantasy artist, I’d probably want to collaborate with Sade, or somebody like that someone out the box.
PM: What obstacles have you faced trying to get into this industry?
HR: The thing about the industry, from my perspective is everything is not what you seems. The obstacle is trying to get the fake individuals and fake dreams out the way so I can focus on what I have to do. A lot of people don’t approach you with the right intentions. It’s up to you to decipher who’s real and who’s not. I think that’s one of biggest obstacles in my way. I can’t stand the fake. I’m tired of the fabrications within the music industry.
PM: What inspires you to pursue your passion?
HR: A lot of my music deals with how I’m feeling at the time. I don’t necessarily listen to what’s on the radio and try to copy that. I write about how I’m feeling emotionally. My inspiration comes from everyday life and with what I’m going through. Sometimes I have good days, and I write a happy song and I’ll talk about happy stuff. Then they’ll be a song when I’m hustlin’ and there’s pain or hurt involved so I talk about that . Everyday activity is my inspiration.
PM: How were you able to be featured on the 2006 World Cup Soundtrack?
HR: I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid. It’s a sport where I’m real competitive. Nike did an Urban Documentary on me about my struggles as a musician and a soccer player. They commended me after hearing my music. They saw that my music and sports linked together pretty well. So, they featured me on the documentary. They thought that since I would be a part of it why not. They featured me as an artist and as a sportsman on the soundtrack. That’s how it came to play.
PM: Tell me how did you get the opportunity to appear on MTV2?
HR: (Laughs). The way I got on MTV2 was kind of funny. When you’re trying to pursue something like music or anything within the entertainment - protege magazine


"Interview with Brooklyn's HollyWood Ric"

Hollywood Ric, originally born in Jamaica, is currently one of the hottest rappers coming out of the New York area. In an era where some rappers have to use cheap gimmicks to sell records, Hollywood Ric has remained real and true to the heart of hip-hop. His lyrics represent himself as much as they represent the tough Brooklyn streets he grew up in. There is no need to exaggerate his lyrics because he has lived them.
Coming off his most recent mixtape “Hustle & Pain”, Hollywood Ric is continuing to burn the through the undergrounds of hip-hop of New York City into the mainstream limelight. Already a freestyle champion on MTV’s Sucker Free, Hollywood is now focusing his energy on producing the next hit album. Recently he has opened for the likes of XXL Freshman of the Year, Frank da Godson and has worked with multi platinum producer Shatek. Be sure to keep a look out for all of Hollywood’s singles and album drops which are set to come out soon. Check out his website at www.HollywoodYaBoy.com and @HollywoodRic.
Click Read More for the full interview - runwithitsite


"Interview with Brooklyn's HollyWood Ric"

Hollywood Ric, originally born in Jamaica, is currently one of the hottest rappers coming out of the New York area. In an era where some rappers have to use cheap gimmicks to sell records, Hollywood Ric has remained real and true to the heart of hip-hop. His lyrics represent himself as much as they represent the tough Brooklyn streets he grew up in. There is no need to exaggerate his lyrics because he has lived them.
Coming off his most recent mixtape “Hustle & Pain”, Hollywood Ric is continuing to burn the through the undergrounds of hip-hop of New York City into the mainstream limelight. Already a freestyle champion on MTV’s Sucker Free, Hollywood is now focusing his energy on producing the next hit album. Recently he has opened for the likes of XXL Freshman of the Year, Frank da Godson and has worked with multi platinum producer Shatek. Be sure to keep a look out for all of Hollywood’s singles and album drops which are set to come out soon. Check out his website at www.HollywoodYaBoy.com and @HollywoodRic.
Click Read More for the full interview - runwithitsite


Discography


Singles available on Itunes!!!

2006- Fastlife win or lose-independent release

2011- Hustle & Pain available on datpiff.com datcrack.com Hollywoodyaboy.com

2013 - Cash is Key coming soon!!

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Bio

Ever since his 2006 suckerfreestyle on Mtv2 Hollywood Ric has presented himself as a viable contender in the ever competitive New York Hip Hop scene.

With numerous independent digital single, mixtape and video releases and notable compilation and features in HipHop publications such protege magazine Dyme Squad magazine and features on major Hip hop blogs such as Worldstarhiphop.com and inFlexwetrust.com.

Performing at Numerous local shows and showcases garnering rave reviews and local fans and supporters

Youtube -Hollywood Ric