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Ricky Styles overcomes near-death shooting to
reinvent himself, launches new project ‘Troublemaker’
OAKLAND, CA – There’s one word that sums up Ricky Styles’ music: Energy!
The Oakland, California native makes turned-up music and his new single “On Your Head” is the perfect display of that energy. The debut track from the forthcoming album “Troublemaker” is the kind of song that gets people on their feet and motivates to take on the world.
“I’m producing energy,” Styles said. “I come with the energy. I go one way and then another. You can feel me and once you hear it, you get more of a picture of what it means when people say I have energy music. This new album is more about me and growing up and what I’m doing, and it’s all very upbeat. It’s more hip-hop than trap but it’s up.”
Styles said the album is a nod to the hip-hop of the 80s and 90s but when listeners get their first taste of his music they’ll know immediately that they’re in for a ride. His aggressive delivery and in-your-face lyrics are impossible to ignore. He pushes then he pushes some more, and with a catchy beat and hooks that beg to be repeated, fans all over the world will be hitting repeat.
It’s been a long journey for Ricky Styles to get to this point. Born and raised in Oakland, California, he always wanted to do music but instead struggled through the street hustle just to be able to provide for his family. Like many other young people growing up on the street, Styles hopes music would keep him out of trouble. He had a unique talent for rapping that by the early 2000s, he’d gained enough attention to make a business out of his music endeavors. He created Dollar Sign Records with some friends and family and together, they formed a conglomerate made up of producers, writers, photographers and rappers.
In 2011, his first mixtape “Blood In No Out” hit the streets. The debut single from that project, “Don’t Look at my Plate,” caught on quick and made its way across the entire U.S. He followed that up with another single called “I Do It” in 2012, which had some good radio play in several markets across the country. Then in the midst of his continued rise to stardom, something tragic happened. On May 31, 2014, Ricky Styles was shot in front of his home. The bullet shattered his femur and cut the femoral artery in his leg. He nearly lost his life, and it took four full years before he would recover enough to be able to pursue his dream of being a professional musician again.
In 2018, he made his return with the mixtape “Good Side Bad Side,” and immediately, fans knew he was back. The first music video from the project got 1 million views in a month and everyone was playing the record all up-and-down the West Coast.
Which brings fans to the present … Ricky Styles has nearly two decades of music experience under his belt. That coupled with his life-harrowing experiences gives him a one-of-a-kind point of view, and that’s all coming together in amazing ways with the new project “Troublemaker.”
To listen to Ricky Styles’ music or to follow him on social media, please visit:
“News” (Prod. Chris on the Beat) Dir. Carlo Catalan
“On Yo Head” (Prod. Chris on the Beat) Dir. @Carlo.Catalan