Radamiz – Fake Gucci

Radamiz drops ‘Fake Gucci’ single produced by Statik Selektah.

“Bringing New York back” is a phrase to describe rappers restoring the grittiness of the ‘90s, steeped in lyricism and storytelling without compromising their sound for a mainstream hit. For Radamiz, a skilled battle rapper and artist from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, he’s taken those core elements of hip-hop and modernized them, possessing a fresh, throwback flow. A hip-hop kid who grew up studying the lyrics of Jadakiss and Notorious B.I.G., as well as listened to Jay-Z, Eminem, D12, and G-Unit as he got older, Radamiz is the quintessential East Coast rapper.

Raised by Dominican-immigrant parents in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn’s Sumner Projects complex, 26-year-old MC Radamiz’s story is unlike a story told before. From being influenced to start rapping at the age of 12 outside of his first job packing groceries at a local supermarket, to highlights such as being declared as Hot 97’s East Coast “Who’s Next” artist and opening for the likes of of Kendrick Lamar, Rakim, A$AP Ferg, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Action Bronson, Pro Era, Tunji Ige, Chuck Inglish, Smoke DZA, Vic Mensa, Smif-N-Wessun, Nitty Scott MC, and many more.  Radamiz has also been busy performing at venues all over NYC including SOB’s, Webster Hall, Santos Party House, YouTubeSpaceNY and a main stage performance at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. 

Today, the Brooklyn native and one of XXL’s “15 New York Rappers to Look Out For” released his new single, “Fake Gucci,” which is produced by Statik Selektah and announced his new album, Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes, via an exclusive premiere with Billboard.  Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes will be released on October 4 via Payday Records. 

“Me and my manager went to visit Statik’s studio and sat there for two-hours listening to beats. Even though I heard records intended for J. Cole or Rihanna, I left with just one” Radamiz commented to Billboard.  “The beat itself has this obsidian, but optimistic feel and I knew in that moment that I was arriving at the next level of my career. “Fake Gucci” checks every box for me when I think back on all it took for me to get to now. It’s sexy, mature, loose, and the wisdom in it doesn’t take itself so serious. In a way, “Fake Gucci” is a song I’ve wanted to make my whole career. It’s a celebration of self awareness.”

Statik Selektah also offered his thoughts on Radamiz to Billboard “Radamiz is a young voice from Brooklyn actually worth listening to for some substance, as opposed to the fuckery a lot of his generation has been promoting. There are still kids coming out of NYC carrying the torch of the sound that made the city’s sound so legendary.”

Yoel Molina Law

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