RICA is an American songwriter, poet, model, entrepreneur, and hip hop artist. RICA discovered early on that she was able to express her feelings through writing and poetry in ways she could not express herself verbally. With RICA’s neo-soul, conscious, yet real, lyrical content over live instruments has truly set her apart from other artist. She calls this the “Hip-Life Fusion Sounds”. RICA’s goal in the music industry is not to be “famous” but to tell the stories we never heard and be the voice of truth and motivation. We had the pleasure of chatting with Ms. Rica herself.
YUV MAG: Where did the name Rica come from? Is it a stage name?
RICA: RICA is my nickname, It derives from my real name Marderica. RICA is also my stage name and brand for myself, ‘Rich In Character & Attitude’. The acronym was thought of by my brother/manager.
YUV MAG: Who were your musical influences growing up?
RICA: Different genres of music influenced me. I am attracted to versatility, so listening to all types of genres growing up developed my knack for music to be more than one dimensional. The genres consist of blues, classical, pop, gospel, reggae, rock and country music to name a few.
YUV MAG: When did you know you wanted to do music?
RICA: I knew I wanted to do music at the age of 13 or 14. I began writing in the 6th six grade starting with poetry and short stories which did not require a sound behind it. It wasn’t until my classmates were rapping and beat boxing in class one day and I wanted to try. Reciting my feelings/thoughts over sounds wasn’t a difficult task to accomplish, it just happened naturally. I write a lot for myself but once I started receiving good feedback from family and friends I took writing as a whole more serious. Meaning, reading the dictionary more and understanding formats used when creating a body of work whether it’s for a short story, script or a song.
YUV MAG: What are your current projects you’re working on?
RICA: I am currently working on my ‘ArtBehindTheMusic’ project, which is an original body of music/videos to re-introduce to the world as an artist, business woman and a human being.
YUV MAG: How did HEAP come about? Your clothing line.
RICA: I was attending Frederick Community College November 2012. I was laying on the couch in my teammate apartment and asked myself “what is this life all about?” & my answer was “H.E.A.P (Health.Education.Attitude.Peace)”. That’s what I wanted for myself and others around me. I then drew up the logo, pitch the idea to classmates and family, I got good feedback and it’s been a developing process since. H.E.A.P is dedicated to motivating others to be the best individual they can be. The goal is to give back to communities and help others do and be more for themselves.
RICA: The sound is described as ‘Hip-Life Fusion Sounds’. It’s a sound that does not conform and the core is live. I have a circle of music virtuosos & once we mash up ideas it’s a lovely thing to witness. The vibe is refreshing and my lyrics are felt, I’m bless to be given the opportunity to be the face of it.
YUV MAG: Do you have any albums out?
RICA: I do not have an album but, I released a mix tape March 2015 titled ‘TheeAntiVirus’. I came up with that title because that is what I perceive myself to be, the cure. The tape was a good mixture of sounds, producers were credited. I recorded, engineered and mix everything myself in my home studio. I am going to re-vamp the tape soon so it’s not available to stream anymore unless downloaded when released or given an hard copy.
RICA: Collectively I want others to be themselves, love themselves, don’t be afraid to try and don’t be afraid to fail. Keep striving for greatness.
YUV MAG: Where can people find out more about you?
RICA: RICA the artist you can go to my website www.iamrica.com to get to know more about me, what’s next for me and more. More information about H.E.A.P please go to www.heapnation.com and checkout the “Pennies Add Up” campaign.
YUV MAG: What are your thoughts on the current state of hip hop music?
RICA: I think it’s capitalism at a all time high. I don’t agree with dreams selling more than the truth, but I understand the music industry is a business just like the next and money has to be generated. A balance needs to be created somehow to level the amount of realness and nonsense.