Home Interviews Jersey artist Rioma talks Ugly God collab & upcoming ‘Litty Water 2’...

Jersey artist Rioma talks Ugly God collab & upcoming ‘Litty Water 2’ project


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in North Jersey. And I’m still here.

What do you think of the hip hop scene in your city?

I don’t think there’s enough of a hip hop scene in my city personally but I move around (whether its NYC or Houston) to surround myself with different scenes of hip hop.

Where did your love for music come from?

I honestly feel I was born with a natural love for it. Also, as hip-hop and rap evolved I became more intrigued with the sound and production behind it. The change itself in the music industry is what propelled me to start recording.

So how did you get into music music production?

I’ve always freestyled with friends for fun so that was probably my foundation behind writing. When I got kicked out of school and fractured my ankle I found the time to seriously write lyrics. I was in a cast, home, and alone, and it was the first time I was able to just do nothing except write and record.

Can you describe your sound?

Personally, I don’t feel like I fully found my sound yet. I listen to a lot of different vibes of music and I keep reverse engineering other peoples music putting my own personal touchs on it to see what I like and what I can create with the kind of energy the beat and vibe provides to me.

You have productions from Ugly God, what’s the story behind that?

Not much of a story behind it. I discovered the song “Water” way before it blew up and I liked the beat enough to try and emulate something of that same vibe/energy. My partner Sean Vegas Grand hit him soon after the song was released and were able get 2 beats from him. Both of those tracks produced by him are featured on our mixtape “Litty Water” streaming everywhere.

You dropped an EP in October and a mixtape in December, you’re on a roll, what’s been the response so far?

Response has been positive thus far. While there has been some hate, it’s expected. Not everyone is going to vibe my music but I’ve learned to ignore it and come to an understanding that not everyone has the same taste and that’s completely understandable.

What’s next for you? Are you working on another project already?

Litty Water 2 (collabed with Sean Vegas Grand) is finished and is projected to be released around summertime because of the vibe we feel its appropriate. Aside from Litty Water 2, I have a few singles that I am looking forward to dropping throughout the year.

How often do you plan to release new projects? Do you have a general rule for how you go about that or is it just based on how quickly your inspiration gets manifested?

I like to consider every song I make a project since I put valuable time and effort into each song. I’m going to try and release 1 to 2 tracks every month for free on my Soundcloud. I obviously don’t limit or restrict myself to that. Releasing tracks can be based on different factors. It can honestly depend on how I feel emotionally during the time or whether I’m looking to show my versatility to the people who enjoy my music by showing them a unique side of me. I always try to keep the fans as satisfied and engaged as possible.

What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?

My emotions at the time or just the beat itself can inspire me to write about whatever I may be going through at the time. 6lack is also a huge inspiration.

What have you learned from your journey as an artist?

First thing I learned was to learn how to properly respond to criticism/feedback, regardless of who or where it was from and whether or not it was positive or negative. Obviously there is advice that you have to take with a grain of salt but other than that I do my best to process the advice given.

Where do you see yourself in a year?

Having a strong enough fan base where I can put 100% into my music when it comes to income. I work multiple jobs day and night and so I would want to see myself in a position where music can be my #1 source of income.

Is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally?

Drugs You Should Try It by Travis Scott. That was the first song that got me hooked to the vibe/production Travis Scott brings and how music can be done.

When did you notice you started gaining some traction?

After my first single with Sean Vegas Grand – Juice (prod by: Ugly God). I was receiving a bunch of positive feedback from people/friends and social media. It was really exciting to see people enjoy what I love doing most.

What were the keys to your growth?

Being conscious of who I surround myself with and what I do with my time. Also, learning to use failure as a learning experience rather than a discouraging one. My biggest thing is to always apply pressure. If you know me personally or follow me on social media you’ll see I always throw diamonds. The diamond I throw is for you to take notice that if you keep applying pressure to whatever it is you want you will eventually create a diamond.

Do you have any other dreams and goals in life that go beyond music?

As of right now, no. Music is the most important thing to me. I’ve honestly never been in love with anything more than getting that feeling when I’ve created something I honestly like to listen to.

Do you have any projects in the works we can expect from you soon?

Other than our mixtape “Litty Water 2”, Sean Vegas Grand and myself are releasing a single with a special feature on it who we hope to help bring us momentum for our journey moving forward. As my solo work comes along I’ll just be dropping singles until I feel I found myself and feel comfortable enough to release a real, well put together Album for people to really feel who I am as an artist but more importantly as a person.

Connect with Rioma:

Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Leave a Reply