It is not often that one comes across a musician who is about to reach their professional zenith. For Rioma, a 25-year-old rap artist born and bred in the US Army Base of Fort Lee, New Jersey, music came to him at a time when he most needed it.
Rioma released ’35,’ a beautiful mélange of eccentric and melodic rap songs in late 2019. The project was well-loved by street rap fans, garnering appreciation and followers from many parts of the world. He soon followed it up with the release of his album ‘Sub-Zero’ in early 2020. Sub-Zero consisted of nine songs and was an even greater celebration of his artistic talents. Rioma’s catchy beats and unique style has his listeners hitting repeat again and again. For such a young artist, his music reflects a maturity and depth that is rare in the current generation of rappers. A project inspired by the trials and tribulations in his own life, ‘Sub-Zero’ talks about the obstacles he faced while taking the road less traveled. With strong vocals, great poetic flow, and refreshing lyrics that set him apart from others in his genre, Rioma is just getting started.
When asked what inspired him to set about on his musical journey, Rioma replies, “For me, music was a way of releasing my angst and frustration. I started experimenting with music when I was 20 simply because I didn’t enjoy what I was doing in school and needed an outlet. In the beginning, it was just my roommates and me messing around. But soon, I realized it was something I loved and something I would actually like to do professionally.” A week after deciding to leave college for good, Rioma started recording every day for an entire year. Since then, Rioma has dedicated himself to getting better at his craft.
When asked which artists he considers his inspiration, Rioma says he is utterly mesmerized by Travis Scott’s ‘Days Before Rodeo.'”There’s something about that composition that made me an instant fan of the genre. The mixing and engineering, his wordplay, the energy he brings, he’s all the right vibe.”With a talent like that, we’re sure it won’t be long before millions of fans are gushing about Rioma and his music.