Spanish roots, rap beats, soulful RnB and rhythmic dancehall is what 21-year-old Jay Rico is all about. His latest track is ‘Papa Bless’ which tells the story of his journey so far, the struggles along the way and his motivation to succeed in a competitive scene. We found out more.
Everything I release will always be different from my last.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I’ve been making music since I was about 13. I just started rapping with my friends, nothing too serious we were just having fun.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I grew up listening to a wide range of music in my house as a kid and now when I make music I always try to be as versatile as possible. So I think that influences me as an artist a lot.
How would you describe your musical style?
I wouldn’t say that I have a style of music, I think my style is that everything I release will always be different from my last.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
You’ve supported Jay 1, Nafe Smallz and House of Pharoah’s on their UK tours. How did you find those? What did you take from them?
Yeah they were all lit, I was just grateful for the opportunity and all the love I received. I feel like every time you experience something like that you only get better and better as well.
Tell us about your single ‘Papa Bless’. What’s it about?
‘Papa Bless’ is just a freestyle that we had been sitting on for a while but we were just waiting on the right time to release it.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I think I wrote ‘Papa Bless’ on, like, two separate occasions, but I think I wrote most of it up on my way to a radio interview. We had a three hour car journey so I just started writing.
What are your hopes for ‘Papa Bless’?
As long as there are people are digging it then I’m happy.
What else have you got coming up in 2020?
A lot of our live plans are a bit up in the air at the moment due to the Coronavirus impacting the live scene, but hopefully we’ll have something to announce soon.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It would definitely have to be to take a step back and think before making certain decisions, sometimes I tend to dive straight in and not think things through properly and that didn’t always end well.
Listen to ‘Papa Bless’ on Spotify below. For news, follow Jay Rico on Instagram.