Lyrical wordsmith and music phenom, Richard Raw, is taking the industry by storm with his unique blend of soul, spoken word, funk and hip-hop. Born on the cusp of the of the 1980s hip-hop boom, Raw is influenced by hip-hop greats Public Enemy, KRS-1, Rakim, The Roots and Nas as well as soul artists Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. After years in the music industry, performing nationwide and building a vast collection of hip-hop and neo-soul music, Richard Raw has found his niche, combining soul with hip-hop and invigorating, thought-provoking lyrics.
In addition to being a musician, Richard Raw is a community activist who uses his lyrics and performances as tools to inspire and educate. He has taken his love and vast knowledge of the hip-hop art form to the next level by using it to teach youth about everything from diversity and history to communication, confidence, and character building.
As a poet, MC, producer and songwriter, one cannot deny Richard Raw the comprehensive title ‘artist’. When asked what makes him different, Raw simply states, “I’m versatile; no one is the same everyday and I am lucky enough to be able to express those differences through my music.”