Growing up in the same town, Poetic and L-Selas started Rychessmen the group. Being from the west coast their beats were west coast, however they were heavily influenced by east coast rappers like Nas, Wu Tang and Common Sense aka Common. Later down the line, they hooked up with Nice who was from the east coast. Nice brought lyrical style to The Rychessmen. Poetic and L-Selas felt that Nice completed their group with his up beat lyrical content. This gave The Rychessmen their own style that allows them to be more universal, and represent from coast to coast. ARTIST-POETIC-24 Poetic (born Basilio Mitchell), as the chief producer of the group, is the brains behind Rychessmen's unique musical style, which he has dubbed 'no-coast' - a universal sound that does not easily fall into any of today's rap music classifications. As a child, Poetic was always around music - his mother played flute, and his father was an acclaimed singer and musician who had gained notoriety in Latin America during the sixties. This musical upbringing gave Poetic a strong appreciation of 'real' music, which he is dedicated to keeping at the core of the Rychessmen sound. The first lyrics the rapper penned, while sitting at the back of his high school class, were of rebellion against the system that was keeping him in school against his will. "At 15, I felt like I was ready to leave school, because I knew what I wanted to be. But the way this society is set up they want you to go through the motions even if they know it will be of no benefit to you." That year, Poetic received a drum machine and a 4-track recorder for Christmas, and started working towards his dream, gaining the respect and admiration of many of his doubters along the way. ARTIST (L-Selas) 25 L-Selass aka Prince P (born Anthony Cunningham Jr.) was never supposed to be a rapper. Hailing from a long line of prominent football stars, the general expectation was that he would follow in their footsteps. However although he excelled at the sport, L-Selass never had his heart in the game, and by age 14 he had other ideas about what he wanted to do with his life. Freestyling over instrumentals with his childhood friend Poetic, L-Selass had found a way to express himself that was much more rewarding to him than scoring touchdowns, and he soon realized that he had a lot to say. As an artist, L-Selass appreciates that you can't judge the state of hip-hop by what's played on the radio. "Everyone knows that the major broadcast networks are bought out by big record labels, so of course the stuff that's constantly on rotation is only the tip of the iceberg". That being said, the rapper doesn't let this prevent him from keeping up to date with what's new on the scene, whether it's from the US or overseas - and with his versatile flows and fresh lyrics, this dedication to his craft is clearly evident. From a young age, L-Selass has wanted to make a name for himself in the world of hip-hop. Now, as the wordplay wizard of Rychessmen, he is finally getting the respect that he deserves. ARTIST-NICE-26 Nice (born Marcus Davis), the most recent member of Rychessmen, couldn't be more appropriately named. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, he has a down-to-earth quality that is rare among many of his rap industry peers today. Coming from the birthplace of Rakim meant that Nice was exposed to hip-hop at a young age, and at the tender age of 7 he recalls sitting in front of the radio spitting freestyles to Afrika Bambaataa. It didn't take long before he decided that rapping was more than a hobby for him. In 2004, Nice moved to California to pursue his dream of becoming an MC. To make ends meet, the rapper worked as a film extra, and before long had landed a role in a short film by the up and coming director Rogelio Mitchell, brother of fellow group member Poetic. The rest is history. Now, Nice' lyrics are an unmistakable and integral part of the Rychessmen sound, and he couldn't be more proud of the work they have produced to date. "We are making stuff that you don't hear from anyone else; we follow our own format, and that's what gives us an original sound." Although laidback in person, his lyrics have an edge to them and an energy which can have meaningful flows finding their way onto a club track. For a seasoned lyricist such as Nice, inspiration comes from everyday experiences, and with so many days to look forward to in his career, there is no limit to where this rapper can take us.
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