RíRá (Irish for chaos) is the brainchild of ‘this f*ckin culchie mulla from Tulla’. A line from his underground anthem ‘25 O’Clock In The Mornin‘.
Since he put pen to paper in the mid 80’s Rí the undisputed king of Irish hip hop has rapped about everything that the mainstream has tried to keep from the eyes and ears of the world.
RíRá hasn’t just arrived on the scene. He was one of the main driving forces of Scary Eire. An act who mashed it up for years and opened up the doors of possibility for Rubberbandits and many many more radical and rebel rhymers.
This 40 minute music documentary “RíRá: SUMMER 2018” is a fantastic fly on the wall of a working band of brothers from Offaly (the heart of Ireland) as they ply their trade at 3 music festivals.
A warts and all film that viewers don’t usually see. There is no up close and personal shots. I’ts all taken from a wide lens perspective.
Many different highlights to choose from but one for this writer is the beauty and intensity of the work that goes in off stage to get it just right for the fans and revelers in front of stage.
The musicianship on display will carry you on a trip of the more traveled road of a tried and tested tribe of troubadours.
Artists that’s being around for years and will be around for more years to come. Regardless of who chooses to listen to them and follow them to gigs. Pure folk!
RíRá – Irish hip-hop legend lasts the test of time
What you may need to know…
01. One of the founding fathers of Irish hip-hop, Tullamore man RíRá helped lay the foundations for our homegrown beat game as part of Scary Éire, alongside DJ Mek, Dada Sloosh and Mr. Browne.
02. He’s been more than active since Scary Éire’s initial album-shelving-induced disbandment, with a string of singles, extended-plays and LPs, all self-released. In addition, he’s had countless features on Irish hip-hop releases, most recently of note, his collab with Waterford’s Nylon Primate.
03. Streaming above is the visual for new single Still Around, released on Monday, created and edited by Cras Cassidy.
04. Available for download and streaming now from Bandcamp and iTunes Music Store, if that’s more your bag.
Thoughts: One of the true “lifers” of Irish independent music affirms his commitment to doing things his way, waxing philosophical in his distinctive gritty tones.