We had the good fortune of connecting with RICKSHON and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RICKSHON, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
There’s a saying I use, “Its hard to quit something you’re good at.” If people are telling you that you have talent in what you are doing, keep doing it. Learn the professional side of it so you can become a REAL PRO, and hopefully feed your family off of what you love to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always loved music, sense I was 4 yrs old. I started learning music theory in grade school and I was fully engaged in the language. By my teen yrs my mom didn’t want me learning new instruments and it kind of killed my drive, so from 13-18 I left music alone and just kind of floated through those yrs not really being myself. I found other vices like sports (football, basketball, track) but even doing that was a struggle having to live under a controlling household. Once I graduated high school I re started my life over and went after everything I felt was owed to me. I forgot how to read sheet music, so I started rapping to get back into music (figuring that would break me in the business). I always knew I could be a producer but at the time I wanted to focus on one thing at a time and not spread myself too thin. I had a troubled childhood (homeless 98-99) and starting from the bottom as a young adult writing my rhymes in my grandparents house that had no hot water or heat. It was never easy but at least I could be creative so I dealt with it. The best lesson I learned was to never quit and learn from every failure and make the adjustment. At the end of the day Rickshon is about this music life and there’s no retirement for me. And I put my soul into everything I do so you’re getting me in my music not someone else.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friends are pretty easy going guys. So we’d hit up Round 1 arcade, Millers Ale House Sport’s Bar. King Of Prussia mall (these guys like being fly LOL!) and at least 3 out of those 7 days we would be hooping indoor and outdoor.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My late Grandmother “Emma Jean Scott.” she is the only person during my childhood that saw I had a gift for music and ACTED on helping me with it. She invest money in my development and was prepared to go full tilt. She understood that I never wanted to be just a face in the crowd and encouraged me to never settle for just being regular.
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