Rising dancehall star Rikroot is no stranger to the music scene with siblings like Konshens and Delus, who have already gained international notoriety for their musical talents.
Born Garvin Spence in Kingston, Jamaica, Rikroot does not stray far from the family tree with naturally-talented vocals and seasoned, impassioned lyrics, which solidify him as a rival among his peers.
Debuting his sound with his first single "Sweat," Rikroot keeps the root of dancehall alive with sexy, suggestive lyrics laced over a rhythmic, pulsating groove destined for dance floors worldwide. The sizzling track was penned by Rikroot and produced by Rh'mone "Frostyee" Foster for Palm Tree Flow Records, a New York-based imprint. The official video bowed last week on YouTube and has amassed an astounding 45,000 views in just over a week.
"I feel very confident about my first single 'Sweat' and the positive reception from the fans," reveals RikRoot. "It feels good to have the support of the dancehall massive, and I'm looking forward to creating and delivering more of my music to them." He teams up with Palm Tree Flow Records for "Sweat," which appears on his upcoming EP, The Introduction, set for a May 21 worldwide release. "As an independent A&R, RikRoot has shown me that talent is still out there," states Nigel Angus, A&R for Palm Tree Flow Records.
"We are thrilled to be working on his first EP, and excited to see the response to his first music video and the acceptance of his first single. I'm extremely proud of what he has accomplished so far." Rikroot has already enjoyed his taste of musical success through his own experiences and also vicariously through his brothers. His impressive lineage and talents have propelled him onto stages such as the famed Sounds Of Brazil in New York City, and saw him opening for the likes of Serani and I-Octane. Now with the "Sweat" single and video under his belt, and the new EP enroute, this enigmatic, emerging star is bound to become a force to be reckoned with, in dancehall and beyond.
With music flowing through his household, by ninth grade these influences became present as Rikroot (a variation of "Recruit" a nickname he received in the military) began writing, penning song lyrics infused with stories of everyday life. During his last year of high school, Rikroot started taking music more seriously. In 2005 Rikroot recorded his first single "Get That Weed" followed by "Don't Worry" "Bonnie and Clyde" "Galang Gal" and Real Badman". From that point forward, Rikroot realized music was more than just a hobby but a serious passion.
Recently Rikroot has been emerging on the entertainment scene and has been steadily making his mark through his performances. To date, he has opened for top billing artists such as Serani, Spragga Benz, I-Octane and has performed as a solo act on "Rock with Squeeze" at SOB's in Manhattan and "Africa Meets Jamaica" at De Island Breeze in New Jersey.
As a multi-talented artist, Rikroot's style is a diverse mix of dancehall accented with a little Pop, Hip Hop and Reggae. Rikroot acknowledges his influences to listening to R&B, Hip Hop, Soca, his brothers and surprisingly his favorite artist, Dennis Brown. While Rikroot through his brothers and own experiences have had a taste of musical success, is currently back in the studio, perfecting his sound and experimenting with different producers. Although Rikroot is based out of the US, he travels frequently to Jamaica to work with local producers as well as connecting with producers worldwide such as French producers Daddy and Hypa from D&H Productions, Konvict Yard Music, Shango Productions, Subkonshus Music, STP Productions, FreshlyNew Productions and LMR Productions.
Rikroot's musical goal is to create timeless, quality music that will outlive him and he calls on his love for music and natural talent to achieve such gracious mission.