Infamous for the seedy world of mobsters and original gangsters, Chicago has
birthed a breed of talented musicians in the shadows of a hustling mind frame.
Ro’Zay Richie, better known as Cap 1, is a love child of Chicago’s Southside. A mixt
of street smarts and raw artistic skills, it was not long before the young Cap 1 found
his niche in life. Growing up with a musician for a father introduced him to a world
he was easily seduced by.
Influenced by hip-hop forefathers like Run DMC and Slick Rick, he tried
his luck with free-styling. His impeccable knack for the craft quickly gained him
recognition. Making history as the first rapper signed to the legendary Motown
Records in 2000, Cap 1 was sure his time to shine was now. The Source Magazine,
a staple publication in the hip-hop community, was thrilled to document this
pivotal moment in history. His debut album, “Through The Eyes Of A Don”, blessed
him with the opportunity to work with industry heavy weights like Jazze Pha and
Twista. His sophomore album, “Theory Of Life”, was soon to follow. But when the
deal with Motown lost its momentum, Cap 1 took to what he knew best. Hustling.
Back to the drawing board, he was determined to see his career reach the heights
Relocating to Atlanta, Cap 1 wasted no time getting to work. He created
quite the stir in the music scene, co-writing hits like Yung Berg’s “Sexy Can I”, and
“Lipgloss and Ponytail” featuring Bobby Valentino, showcasing an alternate side to
the hard hitting street lyricist. The industry was taking notice once again as he made
a smooth transition from a performer, to a writer. Cap 1 was in his element yet
again as he became a regular fixture around Ludacris’s label Disturbing Tha Peace,
where he became associated with Duffle Bag Boyz rapper Tity Boi (now known as 2
Chainz). The two easily developed a brotherhood of sorts as they noticed they had a
lot in common once they started working together.
Touring with 2 Chainz, and Young Money’s Drake and Nicki Minaj have
proved to be some career highlights. “Having my own slot on a national tour is a
big deal”, says a reflective Cap 1, “The torch is being passed to me.” His undeniable
talent and determination have earned him the acclamation of being the first artist
off of Def Jam signee 2 Chainz’s label as well as a management deal with Street Execs
that he describes as happening “organically”. Currently working on a new mixtape,
“Tru To It”, he looks forward to his impending success. Priding himself on his ability
to bounce back from less than ideal circumstances, he vows that this will be the
greatest come back he ever makes; as it is the year of the underdog for him. With a
buzz bubbling to overflow, Cap 1 is an artist on the rise to keep a close eye on.
Written by Candice Raphiel
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