Listen to Toronto vet Friday (aka Ricky Dred)’s new album Nocturnal
Toronto, ON – With Nocturnal, veteran recording artist Friday (aka Ricky Dred) has released arguably one of his best projects to date. Backed by URBNET on distribution, the 17-track album showcases Friday’s come-up in both the music industry and life in general.
When it comes to the rap game, Friday has seen it done it all. He’s released a ton of solo and collaborative mixtapes, had countless performances and worked with the who’s who of the Toronto scene. His relationship with HipHopCanada dates back to the early to mid 2000’s, and grew into a business connections a few years later when his signed his own AWOL Records to a distribution with the now defunct HipHopCanada Digital Inc. (backed by E1 Entertainment). The deal would eventually lead to the release of the classic LP, GET IT, by one of Toronto’s hottest collectives to date, Empire (aka The Fifth Letter Fam).
Along with a thirst for success in the music biz, Friday grew up with a hustler’s mentality. “My mother tried her best with me but from a teenager I was infatuated with the nightlife and the hustle.” Eventually, as is often the case, Friday’s street life caught up with him and he served time in the federal prison system. Regaining his freedom has spurred a new quest for personal improvement. He’s a recovering alcoholic and has pumped new life into his AWOL Records movement. One conversation with Friday and you’ll be able to tell he’s focused on constant growth and building for a better future. His experiences have made him wiser and stronger, as evident by Nocturnal’s deep and introspective lyrics.
On Nocturnal, Friday is supported by some new faces as well as some old friends. Local basketball-sensation and rhyme slayer Bunz is back along with veteran MC Caution Da Don for “Gurus,” while Cola Bennett joins Ricky on a pair of tracks including “Night Children (L.O.V.E.H.U.R.T.)” and “Night Children (1 Night 2 Souls).” Other guests include Eli Skighs, Foxx Williams, Barbara Dorsaint and Kriss Cain.
In support of this new milestone for Friday, HipHopCanada presents the entire Nocturnal album as our Song of the Day. Enjoy and stay tuned for more from the veteran MC.
Written by Jesse “Dutch” Plunkett for HipHopCanada
Written by Friday aka Ricky Dred
I was born and born and raised in Montreal to a single parent household. My mother tried her best with me but from a teenager I was infatuated with the nightlife and the hustle. Along with that I watched legends like LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane who inspired me to get into rapping. Through rapping I got to open for some of my heroes like The Roots and Mobb Deep.
That rap dream brought me to Toronto in 1997 and over the years I’ve co-founded my independent label AWOL Records Inc. and managed and executive produced many artist and projects. I’ve had a cross Canada street team, a distribution deal with HipHopCanada Digital/E1 where AWOL was able to release the Classic LP “Get It” by the legendary supergroup Empire. Shortly after the release of Get It however, my street ties caught up to me and I was incarcerated and sent to the federal penitentiary.
Upon my release my passion never died. I continued to release project after project telling my street stories of the nightlife as well as my fights with the demons of a recovering alcoholic. All while trying to find my voice and the right way to paint this picture, I’ve opened my life like the pages to a dark novel. The picture that brings you into the underworld of Toronto and Montreal. The things that happen after hours. The stories of a hustler’s experience and the all of the joy, pain and sometimes unsaid things. The 4am stories of the city brought to you from my Nocturnal mind, are you ready? #LateNiteDrivingMusic
This album should be played on the late night while driving for best results. Insomniacs unite! Nocturnal is a collection of sleepless nights and the things I see through my windshield in these Toronto Streets. The Highs & Lows that I feel in my Cold heart while I’m gripping my Woodgrain steering wheel. I am a Child of the Night looking to make Changes! Sometimes I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and Nocturnal is a very important project for me to introduce myself to the world as well as reintroduce myself to my cities.
Tags: Adam Bomb, AWOL Records, Barbara Dorsaint, Bunz, Caution Da Don, Cola Bennett, Eli Skighs, Empire, Fifth Letter Fam, Foxx Williams, Friday, HipHopCanada Digital, Kriss Cain, Mezziah, Ricky Dred, Scandalis, T.R.A., TalkSick, Tek-Man, URBNET
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