Hailing from Birmingham, RICARDO WILLIAMS has a REAL treat for us this summer as he drops the remake of his 2018 single, ‘He Ain’t Me’, featuring Slick Rick. Originally a R&B/trap infused production, the single receives a New Jack Swing-esque treatment from Grammy award-wining producer Kyle West.
As well as working on original music over the last few years, Ricardo has done backing vocals for a number of high profile artists including Stormzy, Tweet, and on Emeli Sande’s latest album, quickly gaining the reputation as one of the strongest vocalists in the UK.
After coming to BBC 1xtra DJ Ace’s, attention in 2018 and signing to his newly formed independent record label ‘Recordbox’ with the release of ‘Come Over’, Jamaican-born Ricardo gained critical acclaim for the track which featured R&B royalty Teedra Moses. His year continued to see his profile rise seeing him support Faith Evans at O2 Indigo in London and he has since teamed up with some of R&B’s leading lights on both sides of the Atlantic.
Here’s your chance to hear the master-on-the-rise; have a listen to ‘He Ain’t Me – Radio’.
A run of exceptional and critically acclaimed singles climaxes with the release of the debut album ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’ from TRUEMENDOUS. Marking the release with a fresh, new visual for one of the albums finest cuts, ‘Mood Ring’ is a skippy track that details unpredictability and emotional instability in a relationship. The track has been heavily supported by the likes of Shortee Blitz & MK, DJ Target and fellow Brum native Lady Leshurr, and it is the perfect dedication to mark the occasion.
As one of the UK’s most dynamic and exhilarating rappers, TrueMendous is incomparable. Her music is packed with statements, a point to prove and a refreshingly undiluted determination to deliver her music, her way. Executing a weighty 17 tracks in its entirety, the album is a complete representation of TrueMendous and without a doubt, her most accomplished body of work to date.
Releasing on the ground-breaking, Brighton based hip-hop label High Focus Records, the album features production from Dirty Dike, Illinformed, Chemo, Wundrop, Mark Fear and more as well as guest vocals from the legendary Masta Ace, Kofi Stone and Rozzz. A selection of tracks has floodlit the way to the album release, starting with the aptly named ‘Cause A Scene’ – a torrent of vigour, razor sharp flows and powerful lyricism that was received by thunderous applause. Sophomore release ‘Worst Child’, a conscious Hip-Hop number demonstrating an introspective side to the Birmingham rapper, followed soon after, premiering with Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1. Produced by Illinformed, the record was teamed with a visual that captured the heart of London Town, from the iconic venue Chip Shop in Brixton, to outside shots filmed in Camden, TrueMendous showcased the spirit of the city through the transcending backdrops of her enthralling music video.
Continuing to set the standard at stellar levels TrueMendous reached new heights with the double hit of intricately lyrical ‘You Don’t Wanna’, which teased the sleek and soulful ‘Y’ that was released in its entirety a week later.
Marking a prodigious milestone in her accelerating career, TrueMendous displays a new depth to her artistry with the ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’. Leaning on the connotations of the title, that also acts as homage to Lauryn Hills’ ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, the musicality demonstrates the many dimensions to TrueMendous as an artist, which allows her significance as one of the modern-day hip-hop figures to be appreciated in all of its glory.
Preserving a strong presence within the world of Hip Hop over the last seven years and hailed as ‘one to watch out for’ by Akil The MC from the legendary Hip Hop crew Jurassic 5, making her TV debut in the 2020 Christmas Pepsi Max and McVities adverts and landing singles on the Adidas ‘COLD.RDY’ campaign, as well as the FIFA 21 Soundtrack, the career of TrueMendous had already been pinpointed for an exciting year. Shattering the confines of genres, incorporating Hip Hop with Neo-soul, Jazz and Pop, the new 17-track opus delivers on every expectation and more.
With the release adding to an expansive portfolio that spans six independent projects and an EP with High Focus Records, her work rate is equally impressive outside of the studio too. In 2019 she secured an impressive 11 festivals slots, including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading where she opened up on the BBC 1Xtra stage. Through the course of her career, she has also performed at 10 venues across Atlanta and North Carolina, which includes opening up the UK stage at A3C Festival in Atlanta. She has also graced the Lovebox lineup and performed at the likes of Gloucester’s ‘King’s Jam’ festival, Chip Shop in Brixton and both Exit and Sea Dance Festival, which took place in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. She was also one of the leading artists on the ‘Queens of Art’ tour and it was the first ever UK all female hip hop tour, which was later covered by the BBC.
Presenting a truly unique body of work, TrueMendous lends her distinctive flow and a sound layered with precision, to an amalgamation of fiery, raw, soulful and weighted bars that are seasoned immaculately with powerful lyricism and unrelenting production. The result is a celebration of hip-hop culture with contemporary understanding applied and an album that will be filed alongside the greats for years to come.
Setting the standard at stellar levels, TRUEMENDOUS continues to reach new heights and her single, ‘Worst Child’. With each release TrueMendous displays a new depth to her artistry and ‘Worst Child’ entails influences within the hip-hop hemisphere.
The conscious hip-hop number, produced by Illinformed, demonstrates more of an introspective side to TrueMendous. Teaming up with eccentric vocalist Rozzz the dimensions of the track alter as it fuses soulful elements with the enthralling hip-hop sound.
‘Worst Child’ TrueMendous forms part of her debut album, ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’, slated for release 1st of April 2021. Paying homage to Lauryn Hills ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, TrueMendous is set to showcase a heavyweight 17-track project featuring productions from Dirty Dike, Illinformed, Chemo, Wundrop, Mark Fear as well as guest vocals from the legendary Masta Ace, Kofi Stone and Rozzz to name a few.
The visuals capture the heart of London Town as TrueMendous leads us through some of the finest gems in the city. From the iconic venue Chip Shop in Brixton, to outside shots filmed in Camden, North West London TrueMendous showcases the spirit of the city through the transcending backdrops of her enthralling music video.
‘Worst Child’ is her sophomore release of 2021 and follows on from her high-energy single ‘Cause A Scene’, released in January. The track pinpoints the beginning of an exciting year for the Birmingham native. Her single quite literally caused a scene and she was included on the Ministry of Sound ‘Made In The UK’ playlist, alongside some of the UK’s top artists – Ghetts, Stormzy, Fredo and Slow Thai.
Hailed as ‘one to watch out for’ by Akil The MC, from the legendary Hip Hop crew Jurassic 5, TrueMendous already has numerous accolades to her name. She made her TV debut last year and landed the lead roles in the 2020 Christmas Pepsi Max and McVities adverts. 2020 also marked the release of her debut project ‘HUH?’, which was released via High Focus Records and is sitting on over 221,000 streams. Gaining an impressive buzz surrounding the EP, two of the singles were included in the Adidas ‘COLD.RDY’, as well as the FIFA 21 Soundtrack.
Preserving a strong presence within the world of hip-hop over the last seven years, we’ve only scraped the tip of the iceberg and ‘Worst Child’ is a number of new releases from the ultra talented TrueMendous.
Stacey Bournes, otherwise known as I AM BORN, has unveiled stunning visuals for track, ‘Like The Pain’. Co-director Natalia Nunn, I AM BORN and Blake Cyrier who was the main DP for the project, wanted to depict a tale of victory and a journey to peace; finding a place of self-love, balance and a healthy self-expression.
With so many of us struggling with mental health at this time, they wanted to bring hope by illustrating the fact that it’s possible to reverse any downward spiral we may find ourselves in and re-imagine life in any way we choose, as long as we don’t give up.
Shot in LA, the video features a selection of talented artists that I AM BORN greatly admires and has been incredibly inspired by. Danielle Acoff (who was featured in Michael Jackson’s last music video for,’ A Place With No Name’), Darren Tait and Natalya Oliver were dancers in the film, with Roy Sadakane and Justin Possenti providing cinematic contributions.
‘Like The Pain’ was written by I AM BORN over ten years ago as a means of catharsis and is part of a collection of work she affectionately calls ‘The Identity of Stacey Bournes’, which consists of hundreds of songs that helped her cope with the highs and lows she experienced whilst living what she thought would be her dream life as a model.
Originally an indie/experimental offering, ‘Like The Pain’ was given a makeover by producer Obsidian Cane, who injected a gutsy UKG drive with soulful R&B undertones. I AM BORN thoroughly enjoyed working on the track as she danced so much during the process. The single was featured on Obsidian Cane’s debut EP titled Reset, released on his label, Wicked Ghost Music back in August.
I AM BORN is also currently working with producers, musicians and DJ’s in different genres on a number of projects taken from the ‘IDofSB’ slated for release in the New year.
‘Like The Pain’ is now available on all download and streaming sites. Check out the official video for the single below…
RICARDO WILLIAMS soothes over those Monday blues with single, ‘Between Us Part II’, enlisting UK’s R&B hot properties, Jermaine Riley and Nathan to take the lead in the smooth afterhours joint, leading up to the powerhouse himself working his magic.
‘Between Us Part II’ is now out all download and streaming platforms. Have a listen below…