DMV (Frederick, Maryland) MC Retro/Ricole (2 names Retro or Ricole) appeared first to the listening public as a member of Center Of Attention (later changing their name to Razor Eaterz) in 2005 releasing mixtapes & albums until the groups amicable split in 2009. It’s when in 2010’s critically acclaimed Passion Park (LP) w/ the single “Another Eagle” released by the artist that his presence was felt. A subsequent amount of mixtapes and EP’s followed until his sophomore (LP) release Mr. Sunrise in 2015 appeared reintroducing him to a new batch of listeners proving why he is one of the most esteemed MC’s regionally. Equipped with the ability to explore all sub genres of hip hop and music in general, Retro/Ricole uses the song landscape as his I-pad of sorts and each world is an app.
Retro’s live shows have been much attended and talked about. Sometimes choosing to perform with a DJ or live band depending on the climate.
Retro has performed at many venues in the DMV and abroad, from major festivals in his city to opening for national acts. He’s shared his music with major hip hop artists such as Wale, Wiz Kahlifa & Yelawolf. His music has been featured on WKYS 93.9 Kiss It or Diss it & website gaining praise consecutive nights. In addition to his stage set he’s hosted many events in his hometown.
Being fortunate to come of age when hip-hop was at a crossroads meaning old enough to remember the golden age but young enough to be raised in the new school. Retro/Ricole equates his choosing in which type of hip hop to create depending on which side the coin lands. “Still a nerd but rock star too, I live in 2 regions, under and above ground whichever I choose at the moment.” Major or Independent Retro/Ricole‘s mission is to finally hang amongst the stars, liftoff has began.