Rico Pressley cannot be tamed, which is exactly why he’s signed to Mike WiLL Made It’s Ear Drummer imprint. Hailing from Georgia and bringing that same energy as the rest of his peers from Atlanta, the 20-year-old guarantees nothing short of bangers, as evidenced in his first two singles. While “Socialite” is an accurate description of Rico’s personality as a whole, “I.F.W.I” sees him spitting rapidly and declaring his place in the industry. Read more…
Having already toured with his labelmates and good friends Rae Sremmurd, Rico brings nothing but raw talent and authenticity, holding nothing back as an entertainer. Exploding onto the stage at The Basement LA, he performed his most recent single “Betty Boop,” featuring Swae Lee.
For those who don’t know, who is Rico Pressley?
Rico Pressley is a kid from Atlanta, who likes to be lit as hell.
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I don’t fit in any category, I like to do alternative music. I like my music just to be good.
Being from Atlanta, how does that play into your life and career?
I feel like it gives me a lot of personality, a lot of energy. You meet a lot of cool people in Atlanta. There’s a lot of real people out there. It’s a lot of game to be given out, people are alway giving out knowledge and shit. It’s just cool to be out in Atlanta because everybody’s cool. If you live out there, you would know. It’s just a cooler vibe. Everybody be chillin’. Everybody fuck with everybody.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s important to come here because it’s a lot of shit going on, where people are potentially putting you in a better position to get higher. And better your career.
I feel like you have so much energy in you, at all times.
No, I really do. I always have a lot of energy.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When I was in high school, my homie who had been making music for a minute was like, “Yo, you can deadass be famous n*gga. This shit is fire as fuck.” I was making music as a joke, and he was like, “You can actually just make music and not go to school.” I was like “alright bet,” and I did. When I really started realizing it is when everybody was playing my shit on SoundCloud. I was like “damn, wtf?” Everybody at my school, in my region and shit, was fucking with that shit heavy. I’d go anywhere and people were saying my fucking lyrics to the song. It’s just crazy.
Bring us back to those high school days.
Everybody was playing that shit hella in the car, in the party, at the stoplight, at the restaurant, everywhere. People were playing that shit all over, I was like “goddamn.” Then I got signed soon after that. I had two shows, and both of them sold out.
Talk about signing to Mike Will’s Ear Drummer and your journey with them.
I’m signed with Ear Drummer and Capitol. I was instantly signed to Ear Drummer when I met Mike Will. We had an instant connection. He was like, “I’m tryna sign you,” right off the rip. He instantly told my manager, “I want him.” I was like “hell yeah, I’m tryna go to Ear Drummer.” We worked that out, that was quick. Then I went to Capitol because they just really liked what I was doing. They took me up there and I loved everybody in the building. I was like “yeah, I definitely gotta sign with them,” so I signed with Capitol. They got a lot of good artists on the label, that are thriving right now. I know that was the right decision for me, and they love me so…
Is that the Caroline division?
Hell yeah. Caroline, that’s my girl.
What’s the best piece of advice Mike Will has given you?
To be simple. Simplicity.
You released “Betty Boop” visual with Swae Lee last month. Talk about shooting the visual.
Shooting the visual was honestly really, really intense. We were lit the whole time. [laughs] The whole time we shot the video, we were lit to the song. Because the song is just a good ass song. We were sweating our asses off. It was right after I went on tour with Wiz Khalifa, Lil Skies, and Rae Sremmurd. Right in the middle of the tour, we went to Atlanta. We went to Lakewood, so we just shot the video there with Swae Lee & Meechie. It was just lit.
What’s the dynamic in the studio with Swae Lee, who is so talented?
When me and Swae get together, we have a lot of energy together. Me and him are just laughing, smoking, and shit. We just be on the girls. We be on the same shit. Me and him are just really cool with each other, so when we’re in the studio, we be making hits. Bangers! Bangers bangers, like out of here!
How old are you?
I just turned 20.
What’d you do for your birthday?
I had a show at Florida State with Rae Sremmurd.
What does it mean to be a “Socialite”?
To be the person in the party who’s the most dripped down. The coolest. He got all the bitches. He got the fucking whip. He got the whole completion. He’s a socialite. That n*gga is cool as fuck. He knows everybody. He’s got the bottles. Everybody fucking with him. It’s kind of just like “the cool person.”
I was watching the skit at the beginning, did you quit school for music?
Yeah, I actually did. I graduated but I didn’t go to college.
What do your parents think?
They fuck with it. They’re loving it — like love it, love it.
Was also listening to “I.F.W.I.” Talk about being a rapper and gaining fame.
I don’t talk like that. I don’t think like that.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I don’t even know. I want you to get energy. I really wanna give you my energy.
Music wise, what can we expect from you next?
Any album in the works?
Just a whole bunch of bangers. Whatever I release is a banger.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
To stay and remain myself. To be humble.
How important is social media for your career?
It’s very important. I got a lot of people that are on my social media who are watching me and looking at what I’m trying to do every day. Following me and seeing what I’m up to, so it’s important that they know what I’m doing and shit. That I’m on the grind!
What did you do with your first advance?
I bought a house.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Just imagine your own life and then that’s it. It’s pretty normal.
3 things you need in the studio?
Weed, drank, bitches.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I deadass don’t know. I wouldn’t do anything. That’s so scary.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
Talk about your performance here at The Basement.
It’s gonna be extremely lit. I got my bros with me. We out here lit. It’s gonna be something serious.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Myself. I don’t have a dream collab, I’m really don’t.
Is there anything else you want to let us know?
I love all of you.