RKZ (pronounced Ricks) is a Luton-born singer, menswear writer and photographer, based in East London.
RKZ began recording music in 2008 and released his first single, Renegades, the following year. The song, along with subsequent releases, began circulating on BBC Asian Network which propelled him into the core of the Brit-Asian hip hop scene.
Between 2009 and 2012, RKZ gathered prominence with a succession of popular songs including Defeat Me, How Are You and Gonna Be That. A remix of the latter featured rappers including Swami Baracus, Lost Souljah, Raxstar, AC, Menis, Kaly and Waqas Ali from Outlandish. Gonna Be That also featured in rapper Bashy’s film, The Man Inside. He provided feature vocals on tracks including This DJ by DJ Dips and The Other Man by Raxstar. He released a YouTube series called CoverSessions, which featured his popular covers of Frank Ocean’s Swim Good and Usher’s Nice And Slow.
In 2013, RKZ started working with producer Gifted, and released Superstars featuring Shawn Sanderson, sampling Nina Simone. Finding success with a soft R&B-driven sound, RKZ continued to work with Gifted on several mixtapes and EPs, most notably SOULar and Science X Soul.
The next few years RKZ released music less frequently, with his time now being split between video, photography, fashion and art direction. The songs Visionaries, They Don’t Know Nothing featuring Chino XL and Notes were standouts in this period, all of which were produced by York-based artist, Handbook. The tailend of 2018 saw his official return to music, with the singer releasing the singles Magnificent and Impossible featuring Sonni Mai. His debut album, Visionaries, released in July 2019.