"Laadies and Geentlemen...making his way to the red corner in black trunks and long locks, weighing in at 8.6 on a richter scale...Left hook packs a mean punchline, duck low when the right swings with a deadly flow...Hailing from the dungeons of East London, breathless running from babylon's truncheons...Tongue sharp enough to cut through words... introducinngg, rHyMeZ DiVerse"
East London's newest commodity, rHyMeZ DiVerse, is a lyricist sure to put that 'crick' in your neck from all the head-nodding you'll be doing once you sample a piece of his music. Unable to be pigeon-holed into one category, he claims it takes a wide range of musical sounds for him to explain his story. But his 'diversity' in musical style can be well tracked back to the late 90's where as a schoolboy he and a friend would listen to 'Jungle' and 'Garage' music taped off the radio and, in their music lesson in school, would use the school's
recording faciities to emulate the likes of DJ Brockie and Heartless Crew, who they listened to on a constant basis.
However, as much Jungle and Garage music rHyMeZ listened to he couldn't help but be amazed - and envious - of the way 'Hip Hop' rappers had so much space, and freedom, to express themselves over beats that obviously had a slower BPM, but nonetheless, had the same effect on the body and brain. He recalls tuning his radio one night and hearing the DJ play Rodney P. and Roots Manuva and being envigorated at what his ears were hearing - aspiring him to write his first 16bar rap - and whenever his cousin
from West London would would visit how he would bring live, old school sets of 'London Posse' that he would listen to until the tapechewed up.
Not long after finishing school did he pick-up the consistency of writing 16bar raps over 90-120bpm Hip Hop beats. But it wasn't until a friend (who persistently listened to old school Hip Hop) introduced him to US underground rappers such as Busta Rhymes/Organised Konfusion, Redman (Muddy Waters), Wu Tang Clan (36 Chambers) and Canibus (Can-I-Bus) did rHyMeZ really pick-up the art of writing and structuring a whole Hip Hop song, incorporating verses, choruses and bridges.
In stark contrast to his musical transition, in the mid 2000's, whilst finishing college, he joined UK underground Garage group 'Just Incredible'. With his new found talent of writing rap, he found it enhanced his skills as a Garage MC even though expression was limited. He and the group enjoyed performances at venues such as 'The Arc' in Angel, North London and 'Rain Forest Cafe', Central London. In the late 2000's the group started dismantling, and due to certain events rHyMeZ broke contact with the group. Cutting a frustrated figure left
stranded in the wilderness, rHyMeZ decided to continue pursuing his career through Hip Hop, honing his skills at various open mic nights in London from 'The Dragon' in Shoreditch to 'The Social' in Oxford Circus.
It wasn't until he embarked on a project called "Bridging the Gap" - a fusion of 'Orchestra' meets Hip Hop - did he really start branching his style out, and after starring in the finale show at 'Cargo' (Old Street) people started paying attention to his diverse way of delivering a verse or freestyle - boisterous, canny yet at times brutally truthful. From here he went onto work with 'Lucid Mover' (Screaming Soul), 'Myrrh-Cedez Gayle' (international vocalist) and others.
More to date, rHyMeZ is working on finshing his own material; 'OuT da BlaCK!', collaborating with South London producer/artist 'Bobby Zion', who is also engineering the project (Da Booth Studios). Whether he realeses the project as an EP, mixtape or album is yet to be known, however it does boast a varietyof musical genres jam-packed with british lyricism in its most rawest form. A frequent contributing artist on the project is Hip Hop rapper (and personal friend) MC Brown (www.soundcloud.com/mcbrown) who he started recording tracks with in the late 2000's. The pair share common likes for 'good'Hip Hop music coupled with lyrics that are dynamic, clever yet have meaning behind them, which is what bought rHyMeZ and MC Brown together to feature on "Don't Slow Down" the first track they recorded togeher in MC Brown's own bedroom. They have since gone on to record a numerous amount of tracks together, so a possible future collaboration project could be on the cards.
Clearly not an artist to be underestimated, this diamond in the dirt is yet to be discovered and polished-off, hence the raw flow and, somewhat, delayed style he exerts. You'll find the more you listen to him, the more you start to like him. The more you start to like him, the more you start to pick-up onthe clever wordplay he uses and deliberate effect of his adlibs.
Without anymore delay, Ladies and Gentlemen, 'man dem and gal dem', introducing...'rHyMeZ DiVerse'.
rHyMeZ DiVerse’s tracks