THE ALBUM

Visionaries is the first album from London-based singer and rapper, RKZ. The 15-track album is executively produced by Handbook and features Raxstar, Sonni Mai and Chino XL.

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PRESS RELEASE

Visionaries is the debut album by British singer-songwriter and rapper, RKZ.

A fifteen-track album executively produced by York-based Handbook, Visionaries features the singles Notes, They Don’t Know Nothing featuring Chino XL and Magnificent. The album explores RKZ’s experiences with mental health and specifically depression - a topic he is vocal about through his work for suicide prevention charity, CALM - and his relationships with music, love, identity and home. 

The album takes influence from R&B and jazz through the production of songs including Tezeta, Impossible and Wish You Well, with RKZ combining his singing with rap verses and breaks. Beginning with R&B-led vocals, the album slowly transitions into more powerful hip-hop to finish. The songs Late Night Drive, They Don’t Know Nothing and Discourse, in particular, display his affinity to ‘90s hip hop all the while mixed with his British-Asian identity. With Handbook’s production often compared to that of Nujabes and J. Dilla, the combination of his sound perfectly complements the clean vocal associated with the Luton-born RKZ.

The album is written, performed and mixed by RKZ, produced and mastered by Handbook. It releases on all media outlets and streaming services on Sunday 21st July, 2019. 

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For more on RKZ, visit his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @RKZUK. Search “RKZ” on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.


features & press

26 July — They Don’t Know Nothing, Wish You Well and Visionaries feature on the Beats Theory show on ITCH FM.
Listen back here.


VIDEOS

Notes and Magnificent music videos were filmed by @anotherstudio; directed and styled by @rkzuk, and featured @hrishikam, @fayeisabella and @rahi_chadda. Impossible music video was filmed, directed and styled by @rkzuk, and featured @kavya.


IMAGES

Shot by @ssidwashere