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RichRozay uses death of best friend as motivation to advance music career
DETROIT, MI – One of the worst days of his life was when RichRozay watched his best friend Juice die right in front of him.
The two had been best friends since first grade. They grew up together and did everything together. They played sports together and got in trouble around town together, and they enjoyed music together. Early on Juice knew that RichRozay had a special talent with music, and he would always encourage his friend to pursue music as a career. He even gave his friend the stage name RichRozay. But Rozay never took his friend’s encouragement all that seriously … until the day he was shot and killed.
“My real name is Hosé, so he made a play off that when he gave me my nickname,” he said. “When he was shot a couple years back, we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He always wanted me to pursue music and was always keeping me going, and after he died it really made me want to push into music. He was my motivation – always telling me to keep going hard, don’t stop, don’t sleep. He would always tell me that I could make songs that change people’s moods, and he would always keep pushing. So in a lot of ways I’m doing music today because of him.”
RichRozay has poured himself into his music in the two years since that fateful day when Juice died. The result is a body of work that he’s now ready to release to the world. Through collaborations with his older cousin, who has been a producer for years, he has created a unique sound and style that he believes will gain some major attention from fans all over the U.S.
“I feel like I’m different from everybody because I can multi-task different styles into one song,” he said. “I’m always switching up styles. Plus I’m a good lyricist and I don’t try to rap like nobody else. I feel like my delivery is very unique, with a lot of punchlines and catch phrases. I make music that people will really like and saw those catch phrases over and over. On top of all that, I’m really living what I’m saying in my music, and because I’m such a good lyricist I’m able to make people visualize what I’m describing. So whether I’m writing about my life as a single father, or going through family stuff, or losing my granny, or just rapping about the struggle – people can know that I’m an artist they can come to when they need a release.”
While RichRozay has a number of music videos on his YouTube channel, he said he’s excited to announce a new mixtape that should be released later this fall called “It’s So Lonely at the Top Vol. 2.”
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