Born in 1996 as PK Kariuki Thande aka R.I.Z.E. (Reaching Impassable Zenith Elevations) is an emerging Kenyan rapper set to rattle the country’s Hip-Hop scene and shake the consciousness of millennial music fans across Africa’s digital space, citing influences from Mobb Deep, Andre 3000, Cyhi da Prynce, Big K.R.I.T and King Los, he’s been releasing music through online platforms dropping single after single with two compilations, Raw Tapes vol.1 and 21 Grams.
In 2016 R.I.Z.E. found a creative zone working with Black Hole Records’ beatsmiths, brothers Brian and Andrew Haines to create the coming ‘Vibe-Rant’ EP in a quest to connect with perceptive Hip-Hop heads yearning for philosophical street poetry experiences.
R.I.Z.E. who spent his early years in Atlanta Georgia, where he was already recording original rhymes on his mum’s answering machine at age 7. His rhythmic flair grew when he joined his middle school’s harmonic band playing a range of percussive instruments, and he showed an early determination for success when he entered an All-County solo assessment, scoring all superior grades playing the marching snare with a broken wrist in a cast.
In 2016, he was a feature artist at the first ‘Playlist’ music experience hosted by Camille Storm. Later that year he made a featured appearance at Afro Wave, alongside fellow Nairobi artists Jason Kalinga and Terriane Iraki.
Unveiling his debut single titled ‘Hatin’ on Me’, dropped on Christmas Eve last year, with the release of the ‘Vibe-Rant’ EP scheduled for later this month. Expect to see R.I.Z.E. hit the stage again later in 2018
Watch ‘Hatin’ on me’ off his upcoming ‘Vibe-Rant EP’ as directed by below. Enjoy.