ARTIST ON THE WATCH: DDB RICCO

DDB Ricco, tell us a little more about how you got into music.

My music route was definitely unexpected.


I consider myself to have been creating music for a little over a year now in a serious sense.


Overall, I’ve been playing around with the idea of music for about two years.


One of my best friends, Tommy otherwise known as “Big MOE”, is the one who truly got me into music.


At the time, we were playing around with free styling and creating music in his own home studio but never took it seriously.

We’d always be hanging out together and he kept shooting the idea that I should get on a track with him just to mess around.


Eventually, I took him up on his offer and ever since then we both have been pushing each other every day to go harder.


So, for the past year I’ve been grinding and working on my lyrics, flow, and delivery to make sure I can perfect it all.


I’m still very very far from that, but in the years time I’ve taken music seriously and I've come so far from where I started. 

Your music is a vibe! What does your creative process look like when it comes to making songs?

Each song is different in its own way of course, but every song starts out with the beat.


I go through all the beats that I have on my phone sent to me by my producer (@thevidko) and I normally just play around with sounds to try and catch a flow to a beat.


Most of the time, I end up picking a beat based on my mood.

Sometimes I’m in a story telling mood, so I’ll need a more dark melodic type of beat or I can be in a good hype mood and want to make a club/party song with high energy.


It really just all depends on how I’m feeling that day. 


After I find my beat, it’s all about my lyrics.


Before I begin writing, I listen to the beat I’ve chosen about 15/20 times to come up with the appropriate topic that I feel fits the beat the best and something I can thrive on when talking about that topic or subject. 

You are a very respected artist; what would you say to aspiring artists who look up to your work?

It’s all about your work ethic and attitude.


You’re going to have people who don’t want to see you win.


You’re going to have negative feedback from people who are gonna call you “trash” or say “you should just stop”; it’s up to you if you’re going to fold into that and give up or keep your chin high and prove everyone wrong.

My time coming up as an artist was no different and I  endured a lot of hate and negativity.


I simply blocked all of that out and did everything I possibly could to be able to prove those people wrong.


Never let someone else's opinion affect what you want to do with your life if you truly want to do this then do it for you and no one else. 

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

As of now, I’m currently working on a lot of singles.


As an artist, you need to be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and feel I’m not ready to create a solid 10/12 song album, so I’m working on singles.


Right now I have some “dark” themed songs for October such as, “Voices in my Head” and “ Leonidas” which I also have visuals for.

Coming into November, I have one of my biggest  anticipated songs to this day B.T.S where my fans truly see a different side of me.


I wouldn’t say it’s out of my comfort zone, but it definitely speaks heavily on my mental struggles and truly takes you through a trip of how I grew up.

 

I've made it clear to my fans that I’m an open book and not ashamed of how I grew up and I think that’s why my fans are the best in the world, they truly support me for me, not just for my rapper persona.

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