Ricardo Neeley is a Bahaman hip-hop artist who’s finest identified by his skilled identify Noble Barz (previously Barz Noble). Coming from a background of hardship, Ricardo is aware of the transcendent energy of hope that spirituality can convey, and that is simply one of many highly effective messages he incorporates into his music.
Ricardo is a proficient artist who has a masterful grasp of poetic rhyme, and he makes use of it to nice impact in his music. He has 2 albums out (Symphonic Signatures and SCOAP: Soul Chapters of a Poetic) and sometimes collaborates with different artists and producers.
Ricardo Neeley answered a number of questions on his background, his music, and the essential messages he desires to share with listeners.
Hello Ricardo, are you able to inform us about your upbringing earlier than deciding to turn out to be a hip-hop artist?
I used to be born and raised within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas particularly from the Island of New Windfall the place Nassau is the present capital of the Bahamas Islands. As a youth, I got here from humble beginnings rising up in a single-parent house with my Mother from an early age. I all the time had a love for music rising up. I keep in mind on the weekends my family was crammed with music, and there was nothing like a Saturday when my Mother would play on the house sound system her assortment of data, tapes and later within the years, compact discs and listening to her favourite radio exhibits throughout home cleansing or cooking. It consisted of a collage of music whether or not or not it’s from the likes of Quincy Jones, The Manhattans, Ray Goodman & Brown, Third World, Maxine Weldon, Anita Baker, The Winans, James Cleveland, Hillsong Worship and to our personal Bahamian greats such because the T-Connection and Kenny & The Seashore Boys simply to call a number of.
A kaleidoscope of music genre-wise was performed in my house on any given Saturday from my front room starting from oldies, nation music, reggae, calypso, rake and scrape, pop, classic R &B and each up to date & older gospel or negro-spiritual theme music was the conventional factor for me I loved, and I imagine from that time the love and a eager curiosity for music as an entire sparked from these moments rising up.
I used to be first launched to hip-hop by means of abroad programmers such because the likes of Yo MTV Raps & B.E.T. Rap Metropolis The Basement from america and MUCH Music city present from Canada respectively. I turned a fan first of this newfound artwork of hip hop music after which transcended into turning into an precise creator and contributor as a hip-hop artist after listening to the likes of early Widespread, A Tribe Known as Quest and Nas. The music “Respiration” by Blackstar birthed a need to write down rhymes and assemble free-verses even earlier than I learnt to correctly construction them into songs, it’s a piece in progress I all the time imagine in the necessity to make room to repeatedly develop in my very own lane on this hip-hop craft.
The place did the identify ‘Noble Barz’ come from?
I really glided by the identify Barz Noble which a number of individuals each domestically and overseas should know me by whether or not by means of present music movies, media publications and music alike however the identify switched to Noble Barz as a result of a suggestion of authorized illustration that I had acquired just lately to cope with some enterprise issues in connection to my model. Nonetheless, the aim or intent of the 2 names that make up my moniker regardless of the identify swap stays the identical as talked about in my biography underneath my Noble Barz web site. The phrase ‘Noble’ includes the character or distinction that identifies the voice of content material throughout the supply by which I need to purposefully convey the message of hope and to tell with a related but non secular basis and the phrase ‘Barz’ refers back to the musical and creative facet that’s related to the supply.
How do you describe your fashion of hip-hop?
As talked about on my music biography on the Noble Barz web site, my fashion of hip-hop will be summed up as insightful poetics by means of the spoken phrase and rhyme over composed beats. I mirror again, although, within the days after I first received into recording what I used to be writing, I had a selected sound in thoughts. I’m nonetheless an enormous fan of that East Coast 90’s hip-hop boom-bap sound. Nonetheless, the extra I received to file songs to tracks my appreciation only for the music on the entire the place so many in quite a lot of components whether or not that Island or that Interior Metropolis vibe or easy and chill might all mix within the sonic texture inside my physique of labor underneath my former moniker Barz Noble from my freshman L.P. the “Symphonic Signatures” to my final underneath Barz Noble moniker entitled S.C.O.A.P. which implies Soul Chapters Of A Poetic displays that transition giving extra space to evolve on future tasks underneath my new moniker Noble Barz. I even have nice respect for jazz in order that soulful kind preparations in manufacturing within the music you’ll be able to hear that significantly on the Soul Chapters of A Poetic album my readers can try and hearken to on out there digital platforms on the Purchase Music part on the Noble Barz webpage.
What are among the messages you discover along with your music?
The message of LIFE as an entire however slicing it into totally different slices as all people might not be going by means of the identical factor on the similar time, however all of us at one level or one other will encounter a crossroad in life the place one thing or somebody goes to the touch us whether or not in an enormous or small capability that all of us can relate to as human beings. I discover such matters with messages of hope with a constant wholeness and contact lyrically on God, the virtues of affection, social and non secular points, self-discovery & realizing your personal id & value are fixed themes that interwoven all through my method on a observe in whichever subject, particularly, is being expressed. At instances I could not essentially be intentional in what I write however the really feel or what reminiscent of myself from the Caribbean prefer to say it’s about ‘da vibe ‘that the inspiration can take to a route that develops into one thing easy but natural within the inventive course of that’s the lane I’m on at the moment and see myself as a Artistic often known as Noble Barz.
Who’re your favourite individuals that you simply prefer to collaborate with?
Nobody artist or extra particularly although I do have a wholesome respect for fairly a number of who function with talent inside their artistry. My favourite individuals although I prefer to collaborate with are like-minded people in the case of the creativity and who shows a degree of integrity within the expression of their craft they don’t should essentially do hip-hop, and that’s the fantastic thing about music in collaborations the approaching collectively to create every concerned perhaps the totally different elements that are good of their respective genres, however when put collectively they will make a scrumptious dish within the pot as part of a higher feast you get the gist of what I’m saying.
How has C.O.V.I.D. impacted your work and way of life?
We’re combating towards an invisible virus the impression has affected us all on so many ranges as individuals from all walks of life I’m grateful much more by means of these critical instances not take life as a right on a private, emotional and a non secular degree. Work-wise because of C.O.V.I.D. individuals like myself who nonetheless have jobs are coping with what is known as the brand new regular which incorporates adjusted work schedules, social distancing, carrying a masks each day in public, practising good protecting hygiene habits to reduce possibilities in catching the virus & all of these items aforementioned that I like many across the Caribbean and the world we’ve got to remember & alert if we will help in not placing ourselves and love ones in pointless hazard. On the music facet, I’ve had extra time to write down and file amid this pandemic as a result of, as a inventive, I needed to regulate and make the most of the free time afforded to me.
What’s your long-term aspiration or aim along with your music?
To reaffirm and set up the next degree of pondering specific by means of the technique of lyrical edification is my paraphrase my motto, my mojo that I’m going by as Noble Barz the recording artist. I need although as Ricardo Neeley to perform each out and in the place it includes branching out in making a publishing & audio hub the place Creatives can come collectively & have the services to create & safe licensing alternatives whether or not domestically or overseas and may nonetheless be there personal artist & entrepreneurs respectively creating a number of streams of earnings. For me it’s all the time concerning the subsequent era so just like the music pioneers and creatives who did it earlier than however in the appropriate approach I need my music so long as I can encourage others to do them in no matter they have been created to do it doesn’t should be within the arts. Lastly, whether it is one thing that I would of rhyme or say over a observe that would ignite a spark in a listener to do higher and rise above regardless of what could also be attempting to carry them down then my mission is achieved.
Ricardo thanks on your time!
You’ll be able to observe up with Ricardo Neeley at www.noblebarz.com or IG @noblebarzmusic or Twitter @noble_barz