- 23 Aug 22
Following the release of his Limited Edition EP, Dublin rapper RikShaw discusses drawing inspiration from Mac Miller, and why he’d love to collaborate with Monjola and EFÉ.
You’ve dipped in and out of several different styles in your music so far – how would you describe the sound on your new EP, Limited Edition?
It’s completely inspired by Mac Miller. Some of his later stuff, like ‘What’s The Use’ and ‘Blue World’, really resonates with me, and I found myself wanting to rap over similar beats. But I wanted to give my own take on that sound. I had the inspiration, I just needed to put my own stamp on it. Which I think I did. I’d describe the sound as upbeat, groovy and summery.
What was the inspiration behind the tracks on this EP?
Originally it just started off with ‘Piece By Piece,’ which I made last summer. It was the first track I made with this kind of vibe, and anyone I played it to really liked it. So that gave me the inspiration to dive a bit deeper into this sound, and an idea started to formulate to put together a couple of groovy rap tunes for a small summer EP.
You’ve done quite a few collaborations in the past too – who on the Irish hip-hop scene would you like to collaborate with in future?
I’d really like to work with Monjola at some stage, if that could ever happen. Moving forward, I’m going to run with this new sound, and I think we’d complement each other if we both jumped on something. I also really like EFÉ – our sounds are a bit different but she’s got a really nice buzz going, and it would be cool to work with her someday.
How has growing up in Dublin influenced your music?
It’s definitely had a major impact on the way I write my rap lyrics in particular. I put a lot of my experiences into the music, from relationships to random nights out. I always try to incorporate something that has significance to where I’m from into my raps, whether it be some slang words, specific moments or even a whole story – so, no matter what the topic, there’s always that bit of Dublin behind it.
• Limited Edition is out now.
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