Canadian Rapper Ricky J Set To Make Return To Music In 2010 With New Single “Whatta Night” from the Forthcoming CD, Paint The Town

Canadian Rapper Ricky J Set To Make Return To Music In 2010 With New Single “Whatta Night” from the Forthcoming CD, Paint The Town

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Canadian hip-hop sensation Ricky J announced his return to making music this week with the release of a brand new single, “Whatta Night,” six years after opting to move behind the scenes to focus on building his business enterprise.

The Billboard chart-topping entrepreneur positioned his events company in 2009 as Canada’s most sought-after entertainment production agency, and has lent a hand as a manager, booking agent, producer and writer for other artists over the years. But after getting back into the studio in 2009, Ricky discovered a brand new sound and is poised to use his business and industry experience to join peers both past and present in bringing his music across international borders.

“I’m very excited about this new chapter in my life,” he said. “I’m able to bring my creative side out again and use what I’ve learned on the business end to create an ideal situation. My new music still has that fun, party-type vibe from before, but just in a different way. People are familiar with Drake and Justin Bieber, and they represent the diverse talent in Canada to the fullest, each doing their own thing; I was basically raised in the clubs, so these songs are an extension of those experiences and my maturation as a person. I don’t try and get all into stereotypes or just one sound. I’m doing music and songs that make people want to dance! I’ve had a few crazy times in Vegas, and “Whatta Night” was more or less inspired by those times.”

The dancefloor-ready cut was produced by I-Notchz (and co-produced by Ricky J) and is a slight movement to the left and forward for what most people might be used to from Ricky. Known more for an indie sound with pop and R&B-infused rhymes, “Whatta Night” offers a sharp a departure from that. Still present is the charisma that endeared him to fans with his #3 Billboard smash “No Means No,” but gone is the underground boom-bap, replaced instead by a smooth synth bassline and some pounding, clubby drums. Anyone in Montreal knows Ricky likes to party, and the song aims to “create a grown-up soundtrack for 2010.”

Prior to scoring a hit with the aforementioned “No Means No” and an album deal with Warner Bros. Records, Ricky hustled his music independently, working it to the top of the hip-hop scene in Montreal. He’s a veteran of the tour circuit, and has opened shows for platinum artists like Eminem, TLC, Usher and Wyclef Jean. In 2004, he turned his attention to the business side of music, however, and in 2007, officially traded rapping for party-hosting duties. His events company, A-List Entertainment, is known throughout Canada today for throwing some of the city’s best parties, and Ricky has hosted events for Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Keri Hilson and Snoop Dogg.

Perseverance is a quality many people talk about, but it’s a select few that can actually claim to possess it. It’s earned from being wide-awake during both the highs and lows of life, and it often takes years to fully understand what it means. With his commitment to help grow A-List and work with other artists, Ricky’s music is still an extension of his love for hip-hop culture, but now it’s also a testament to his perseverance in business. As an “Executive Artist,” Ricky is confident that the American market will be accepting of another Canadian onto their airwaves, and the wheels are already in motion:

“This will be a banner year for us,” he says emphatically. “I was the first Canadian rapper to get BDS spins on mainstream radio in my country and I’ve worked hard to succeed as both a businessman and a musician. We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for 2010, and without a doubt, my team and I will see them through, here in Canada, into the U.S. and beyond.”

“Whatta Night” is from the forthcoming CD, Paint The Town available on Angel Eyez Muziq on

About Angel Eyez Muziq

Angel Eyez Muziq (AEM) is comprised of an international team with more than 30 years of combined music industry experience. With active partners in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, the ambitious Montreal start-up is the cornerstone for Ricky J’s return to the mainstream. AEM is a fully independent multimedia company, with it’s central focus in 2010 on music, but separate planned film and promotional divisions to come. Catering to artists in the Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop and Rock music genres, AEM is a forward-thinking, modern agency dedicated to setting the bar higher for Canadian music, both domestically and abroad.

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