YBL Richy (Richard Carrington) was born May 22, 1998 in Coldspring, Tx. He started making music when he was 18, after he and his friends moved to Austin, Tx, where he currently resides. YBL Richy came on the rap scene with a different alias (Once Playboy Richy) which he changed when he created a group with his childhood friends which was YBL. The other members of his group is YBL Antboi, YBL Kel and YBL Rodd. YBL Richy has stated his music influences are Kendrick Lamar, Tory Lanez, Drake and Rich Homie Quan. He started making a name for himself with his debut single Sleep On U, (feat. Tory Lanez). Although YBL Richy is an Underground rapper, he has the talent to reach Mainstream success. As for the future, his upcoming Debut Album “Finally Made It” is slated to drop early 2019.
- How long have you been performing and recording, and when did you first realize that’s what you wanted to do?
YBL Richy: I started rapping around 14 but didn’t take it serious until 18 when I moved to Austin, and I just fell in love with making music.
- Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?
YBL Richy: Rich Homie Quan, Tory Lanez most definitely I like how they both are very diverse with their music and the messages behind their songs.
- If any, which current artists do you listen to and respect for their artistic endeavors?
YBL Richy: Tory Lanez and Drake, Also Kendrick he’s the goat.
- What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?
YBL Richy: My Story, My Pain, and Also the come up. Rags to Riches hahaha
- What do you think separates you from the crowd of young artists emerging right now?
YBL Richy: Most new artist are mumble rappers or just turnup music but my music has meaning, like i can drop a club song or a street song, and even sometime drop a RnB song, I’m very diverse.
- When writing a new song, where do you usually start with the lyrics or the beat?
YBL Richy: Both. Sometimes I could randomly think of some bars or a couple lines and write it down, and later find the beat to fit or i sometime just Freestyle to a beat I like.
- Do you produce your beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?
YBL Richy: I write all my songs, but i work with producers.
- What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?
YBL Richy: Reaching 200k Spotify streams on one of my songs.
- What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?
YBL Richy: Losing family and friends has been the most difficult but i use that pain and hurt to make songs.
- Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?
YBL Richy: I like the studio environment, just chilling laid back writing bangers.
- What’s your view on the role and function of music as political and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of artistry and entertainment?
YBL Richy: I think music should have a hand in politics and society. I love being a voice for some people and in my music talking about issues like, poverty, racism, and police brutality.
- Which aspect of being an independent artist and music label excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
YBL Richy: I love being independent all the royalties come to me, but if the right deal was brought to me i would consider signing
- Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?
- Are you satisfied about the way the music business works in today’s digital age, or is there something you would change?
YBL Richy: Nahh I definitely like the digital age, it’s better for streams and money.
- If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
YBL Richy: Legendary.
- Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?
YBL Richy: Yes social media is the key to being successful in music nowadays. I use all social media to build my brand.
- Could you tell us something about your debut album “Finally Made It”? Does it have a specific backstory and message?
YBL Richy: I named it “Finally Made It “because where I’m at in life and my career, I feel like I really finally made it, thru all the obstacles and problems I made it thru. And also because I been teasing a project for like 9 months so I’m finally dropping it
- What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get in touch with what you’re doing?
YBL Richy: Videos are very important to your music career, however it’s hard to find a good videographer, but I recently found one so I’m gonna have some videos coming soon.
- What is the best piece of advice regarding the music business that you actually followed so far, and what is the advice you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
YBL Richy: Promotion is the best advice I have received. And something I learned from was help only people that help you. Like i used to help promote people that i thought were friends but were really in disguise.
- Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet, or mind, that you would like to see happen one day?
YBL Richy: Be The Greatest Ever…….. To late I Already Am.
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