In Oakland, California R8TED$R was born (Rodney Mitchell Jr.) on February 27th 1987. Growing up in a household full of music R8TED$R became a fan of Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, and even Gospel. During his Junior High School years he discovered his talent by free-styling in cyphers with his school mates. He decided to start taking it serious after numerous friends and family members began telling him he had talent and should do something with it.
Influenced by artist like 2Pac, Too Short, Yukmouth, and E-40 R8TED$R wrote his first rap when he was about thirteen years old and haven’t looked back since. He didn’t know the formula to writing a song so he would just fill pages up with lyrics. Once he learned how to correctly write a song he recorded his first song at the age of fifteen which he wrote in thirty minutes and also produced the instrumental in thirty minutes.
Growing up in poverty led R8TED$R to getting into trouble with the law for almost all of his teenage years. From age thirteen to seventeen he spent his time in and out of the Juvenile Hall Youth Correctional Facility. But once he had his son at the age of nineteen he decided it was time for a change. R8TED$R got his first break on the Oakland based compilation album titled (The Compilation) which featured new up and coming artist out of Oakland, California. Since then R8TED$R has released several underground albums and mixtapes and is now the CEO of his own record label named Family Orientated Music Group.
R8TED$R is now currently working with platinum selling producer Ken K-Lou Franklin and has recorded songs with platinum selling artist such as The Game and Keak Da Sneak. R8TED$R’s rap style brings something new to the Hip-Hop scene with his exciting voice, topic versatility, dynamic lyrics, and catchy hooks.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
R8TED$R: I am from Oakland California also known as the Bay Area. I have lived in other cities around the Bay Area, but I am originally from Oakland.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
R8TED$R: My music background is real authentic raw and uncut hip-hop. I stick with the old school formula of hip-hop as far as staying on subject within my verses of the songs concept.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
R8TED$R: I want to record and release my own music because that’s the best way to do it. If I don’t do it, it won’t get done. I can’t let the talent that I am blessed with go to waste.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
R8TED$R: When it comes to my song topics it varies throughout different categories. My style is very versatile which puts me in the position to rap about all types of real life situations.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
R8TED$R: My fan base is directed towards ages 18 to 50 years old, but I still create music that connects with the youth.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
R8TED$R: My musical influences are 2pac, Too Short, E-40, and Yukmouth. Those are the artists that I grew up listening to heavy and in some way I feel like their styles rubbed off on me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
R8TED$R: I would say my music is like recess at school. I say that because it’s fun, good music, but at the same time you can learn something from it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
R8TED$R: What makes me stand out from other artist first off is how my name is spelled. I believe I am the only artist with numbers, letters, and symbols in their name. After that my versatility and how I have the ability to literally rap about anything makes me stand out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
R8TED$R: I am currently working on a project with a producer out of San Francisco that goes by the name of CJ-Tek. The project we are currently working on is titled, Sexual Encounters.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
R8TED$R: My career goals are to me tremendously rich, respected, and successful in the music industry. In 10 years from now I see myself being as big as a Lil Wayne or Drake within the hip-hop world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
R8TED$R: If you want to contact me you can reach me on Twitter@R8TEDR, on Instagram@R8TEDRF0 (That’s F-Zero), and Facebook.com/R8THAGREAT. If you want to access my music you can do so at SoundCould.com/R8TED-R, Reverbnation.com/R8TEDR,Hulkshare.com/R8TEDR, and on YouTube. I also have my own radio station on iHeart Radio so you can also access my music there too.
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