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All In The Ghetto
~ Riz MC
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD048
Out digitally on 21st May, “All In The Ghetto” is the second official single from Riz MC on Tru Thoughts, preceding the deluxe physical release of his ‘MICroscope’ album in June. “All In The Ghetto” is a laconic and witty sidelong look at gentrification, with a tongue-in-cheek animated video which you can find on the Tru Thoughts YouTube channel now.
“All In The Ghetto” brings to the fore Riz MC’s impressive versatility and deft satirical touch, following the dark and brutally honest first single, the “All Of You” EP featuring Plan B, which came out in March to continuing support from Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music), Charlie Sloth (1Xtra), Eddy Temple-Morris (XFM), Laurent Garnier and John Kennedy (XFM) among others. While still pulling no punches, “All In The Ghetto” is an intriguing segue, illuminating the fun and funkier side of Riz MC’s cerebral brand of rap; the funk-infused bass beat and infectious bounce comes care of producer Redinho (NMBRS) showing why he’s currently to be found all over the playlists of Annie Mac and MistaJam.
As well as being a formidable musical talent, Riz MC is well known as an actor under his full name Riz Ahmed, and his current high profile film performances include the lead in iLL Manors - the directorial debut of regular collaborator Plan B - which also comes out in May and, in a neat twist, shares something of a thematic thread with “All In The Ghetto”.
The mounting recognition for his sonically innovative and lyrically sharp music has seen Riz MC recently interviewed on John Kennedy’s XFM X-Posure show, as well as appearing on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show with Nihal on 10th April. Lead press features include a recent double page spread in ShortList, and an upcoming piece in The Times, with many more requests pouring in.
“Love that track!” - Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Uncompromising and diverse, thrilling and ambitious” – The Independent
“Witty. Impassioned. Poignant” – Metro