Quebec french rapper RYMZ is known for his feel-good music and putting on wild shows.
He's been around for quite some time now, but things just got official. His latest album Petit Prince has boosted his presence to a bigger and wider audience. He collaborates with the likes of Shash'U and other local Montreal scenesters like Dave Lee all the time to elevate his image and branding which works seamlessly with his music. His album has an impressive 16-track roster featuring other locals you might recognize. It is currently available on all digital platforms so take a peek and cop that shit now.
RYMZ will be performing at this year's M for Montreal festival, specifically on November 18th at Metropolis alongside VNCE CARTER, Shash'U, Les Anticipateurs and Lary Kidd
We did a little Q&A with the artist hoping to get some more insight on his career up until now, what he's got in the works for the future and his stance of the RapQueb movement. Scroll through the whole thing after the jump.
How would you describe RYMZ in under 140 characters ?
I would describe my alter-ego as a lost soul slash philosopher who uses writing to purge my darker side. Or a pretty mutherfucker.
You went from being an independent artist who did it all by himself to having a team backing you in your career. What are some of the differences between then and now?
What are some of the influences that inspire your music and lifestyle?
I would say my city and my team influences me the most. Montreal gets hot at night and my music has changed because of that extra heat since I moved here. Also the company I keep and the people I work with inspire me constantly with fresh sounds and new twists. Most notably, Shash'U with his Powerfunk and my boys from Guadeloupe.
What are some of the misconceptions people have about Quebec Rap (or RapQueb) ?
I think that unfortunately there are too many white angry rappers with a crappy style that contributed in a very negative way to the "RapQueb" cliche. Also, people tend to think that its just shitty lyrics written in bad french over crappy fast food music but in reality its easy to find beautifully written poetic texts and amazing albums with fresh sounds and dope beats. A lot of talented kids are coming up in this scene.
Do you feel like your music has helped break down barriers from the hip hop scene in Quebec/Montreal?
I can’t tell. I don’t feel that I broke down barriers because the mainstream médias still aren’t fully ready for me. I always came through the backdoor thanks to my fans and the whole internet movement.
How involved do you get with the visuals and branding of RYMZ? Whether it is artwork, or music videos?
I’m involved in every aspect of my visuals. From album covers to music videos and even merchandise. I often find that many Quebec rappers are lacking in style and swag and I feel its an overlooked aspect that I appreciate when following artists.
What can we expect from RYMZ in the near future?