Interview with Kay Rico, about BBC Three's The Rap Game UK

BBC Three reveals the six MCs battling it out to win series three of The Rap Game UK

PHOTO: Kay Rico, 25, Manchester


BBC Three

Why did you choose The Rap Game UK?
I chose The Rap Game because I feel like I fit the criteria. I’ve watched the first season and the second season and I feel like I’m able to do that. This is the correct platform for me to showcase that.

Where are you from?
I’m from Manchester. Born and raised there all my life. I’m just grateful for the surroundings – the area I’m in. Obviously there’s good and bad in anywhere you’re at but it’s what you make out of that situation and what you make out of that environment. You gotta rep from where you’re from on the positive side. And make sure people don’t always just look down on the negatives.

What does music mean to you?
I live and breathe music. I don’t think there’s a day that I don’t listen to music. I listen to all types of music. I don’t just stick to one genre. And that’s what helps me to be a versatile artist as well.

What’s your career been like so far?
If I were to rank myself in the Manchester scene I’d definitely say I’m at the top. I’ve done loads of tours. I’ve done The Godfather II Tour with Wiley…. I’ve been around. I grew up with Aitch and we’ve been doing music ever since. We did a Know Better remix which hit a million views on my platform. Aitch has definitely hit mainstream. I’m trying to get to the same point or surpass that. This is my time and I’m ready.

Who’s your favourite rapper?
It’s a hard one. I’ve gotta say more than one. Out of the UK- Ghetts is definitely top tier. I’d say he’s first. And then Chip. Wretch 32 too. They have wordplay and flow. Everything about them. Their stage presence - they know what they’re doing. That’s the kind of artist I wanna be. I’m always focused on that. I’m a perfectionist - I wanna make sure everything I’m doing is correct. They’ve always been an inspiration to the situations I’ve been in. I’m grateful to them.

What do you want to get out of this competition?
I just want people to hear me. I’ve been doing this for a long period of time so I want people to know what I bring to the table. I also want people to realise that there are a lot more artists in Manchester that are very talented and just haven’t had the right way to get the right exposure. And for the whole project, the show - I wanna entertain everyone that’s locked in.

Is there anything you’re worried about?
I’m not worried about a thing. I’m just going in there focusing on what I’m gonna do. The other contestants I’ve got love for. I wish them the best of luck. But when I’m going in there and It’s work time - I’m getting what I need to do. I’m keeping it moving, I’m keeping it stepping. I ain’t got no qualms with anybody at the end of the day.

Source BBC Three

July 5, 2021 8:00am ET by BBC Three  


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