"Let me add that Nujabes and J. Dilla are here. Somewhere in the afterbeat, looking over their legacy."

 

RKZ (pronounced Ricks) began dabbling in rap music in 2008 before pursuing the arts professionally the following year. Whilst at University of Westminster, RKZ became known for his singing-led live performances and eventually transitioned into a singer-songwriter. A stubborn determination to further develop and fine-tune his brand, he learnt the ropes of video, photography and design which culminated in him creating his own visuals, plus music videos for artists. 

RKZ is currently working on his debut album, Somewhere In The Afterbeat, which features the singles Visionaries, Notes and They Don't Know Nothing feat. Chino XL.

 

Creative

Portraits by Another Studio


An early passion for journalism pulled RKZ into creative writing, initially through music and poetry. He expanded this, becoming a feature writer for hip-hop blog Sampleface before taking over as UK Editor. In 2012, RKZ was announced as an ambassador for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. The charity aims to reduce the suicide rate of men in the UK, particularly London. Suicide is the biggest killer of men in the UK. He contributes to CALM's website and monthly CALMzine as a guest writer, focusing on depression in the Brit-Asian society.

He joined the Creative Team at Born Social in June 2015, and progressed to Senior Creative the following year. His work as a content creator, writer and photographer has seen him work for brands including Tom Smarte, Kiehl's, Born Social and more. In 2016, RKZ returned to his University (Westminster) as a Careers Mentor for students looking to get into the creative industry in London.

 

Experience | References

Senior Creative
Born Social
(April 2016—Present)

Creative
Born Social
(June 2015—March 2016)

Video Editor
Entertainment Wise
(June 2013)

Writer
Sampleface
(January 2013—Present)

Video Lead
Be Discovered
(Oct 2013—Mar 2014)

Content Manager
RGS Entertainment
(Sept 2011—Jul 2012)

Ambassador
CALM
(Feb 2012—Present)

Mentor
University of Westminster
(Nov 2016—Present)

 

References & Portfolio

Available upon request.