Who Am I Listening To: Ric Wilson

Not many can say they’ve toured with The Roots, Big Freedia, Lil Yachty and Azealia Banks, but for Ric Wilson that’s been his incredible reality.

A self-described ‘electrified motivational funky hop pop poet’ gracing from Chicago, Ric Wilson stands out with his party-ready hip hop anthems that go well beyond his generation.

Developing his artistry with the Young Chicago Authors, which birthed the likes of Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Jamila Woods, it’s obvious Wilson is ready to push the envelope in the music scene.

His funk, disco-infused rap take on rap stimulates both the mind and body while giving us all a dose of delicious dose of reality with his robust percussion, light-hearted vocals and triumphant instrumentation.

That’s not all, Wilson’s artistry boasts more than just an exceptional sound.

In 2014, he was chosen to represent the We Change Genocide coalition in Switzerland and was successful in assisting with charging the Chicago Police Department with the genocide and torture actions on black youth within the city and helping to raise global awareness.

His desire to stitch messages of black power and inspiration into the fabric of the richness of his music is a reflection of his childhood, attending Fellowship Missionary Baptist which is one of the black congregations that nurtured the civil rights movement.

There really is something about Wilson’s music which embraces and uniquely reflects a more recent movement of how church music is now blending into a more secular sound, as frequently heard in the sounds of Kanye West and Chance the Rapper.

Enough talk, let’s get into ya gal’s top three tunes.

‘Everybody Red in Face’

‘WOO WOO WOO’

‘Wake Up, Get Down’

Go do ya selves a fine favour and stay up to the minute with all the latest Ric Wilson delights HERE.

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