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Genre : Hip Hop

Location : St. Louis, Missouri

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Rec Riddles is a hip hop artist/producer from Newark, NJ based in St. Louis, MO. Rec has been writing and rapping since the young age of 7 but officially burst on to the underground hip hop scene in NY/NJ in 2013. Rec Riddles, whose persona is derived from the classic DC Comics villain, The Riddler, lives up to his moniker.

He first gained notoriety by participating in several beat showcases with renowned producer platform iStandard Producers being featured on four showcases, including 2014’s Beast of the Beats 8 but Rec saw his calling in being both mc & producer. Rec's two biggest influences are Nas & J Dilla, and it comes across in his music. Rec delivers cryptic metaphors of life both reality and fictional over his sample based, synthesized, hard hitting production. Rec describes his sound as "futuristic vintage", rooted in the past but leaping toward the future. 

Rec’s unique sound has made him a prominent voice in the Midwest underground hip hop circuit as he has opened up for various legends and mainstays including, Method Man & Redman, Joe Budden, The Lox and Krayzie Bone among others as he also played the bass guitar opening for Twista. Rec is not a beat making rapper, he's a lyricist that produces.

Throughout the course of 2016 & 2017, Rec released 6 projects, including his first full length entitled "Brilliant but Disturbed", which included the single "Red or Blue Pill" featuring Boston, MA mainstay & prominent hip hop artist, Reks.

In December 2017, Rec signed a record deal with Royal Crowd records. Royal Crowd is an international record label consisting of established artists and up and coming new talent. On February 9th 2018, Rec dropped "Pavement Essays" which was the first project distributed by Royal Crowd records.

In March 2018, Rec Riddles ventured out for his first tour, touching cities such as New Orleans, Kansas City, Houston, Chicago, St Louis, Indianapolis, and finished up at SXSW in Austin, TX.

In the spring of 2018, Rec Riddles released three music videos from his ''Pavement Essays'' release, "Ascension", "Clap First" and "Marvelous Times". These new visuals landed on several blogs & are being herald as some of the most unique videos.

After a steady stream of shows in and out of town, Rec embarked on The Project Pope Tour with Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, Trife Diesel, capturing audiences in Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Cedar Rapids, Evansville & St. Louis. The two artist quickly gelled on the road which led to them joining forces for a 5 song EP dropping in winter of 2018 entitled "The Road Warriors.:

By the start of the summer 2018, Rec Riddles has already played two St Louis Festivals, River Front Times Showcase and S.L.U.M. Fest. Rec is in line to perform at the 4th annual 2x2 Hip Hop Festival in Columbus, OH in July. So the question remains who is this guy & where did he come from, riddle me that?

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