September 27, 2013
RKADE seeks to revive music career
US-based recording artiste RKADE is on a mission to revive his music career.
However, this UK-born, Barbados raised artiste with his fusion of reggae and rap wants to make it clear that is not the only motivating force that has pushed him back into music.
RKADE, whose real name is Tony Brathwaite, says through his music, he wants to be an inspiration to people looking for a second chance.
"I see myself among the greats, as an artiste that people will never forget ... . That would be my greatest accomplishment," he said.
After breaking out in 2004, this artiste who grew up listening to Super Cat, Junior Reid and Burning Spear, recorded a slew of songs under his previous stage name Raven.
He signed a recording contract with the subsidiary of a major US label and started to develop a fan base with a slew of performances across the US and Europe.
However, after a having creative differences with his label, RKADE said he left the music industry and for seven years he worked as an accountant in his adopted home of Brooklyn, New York.
It was during this break that RKADE had an encounter that changed his mindset.
He was hanging out with friends at a studio in New Jersey while an aspiring artiste was attempting to make a recording.
"We were making fun of him because we thought he was terrible so he was like 'let's see if you can do better," RKADE recalled.
"I went and recorded something and as soon as I came out the boothe he punched me and we started scuffling," he said.
"It was weird because when they broke us up, he was like the reason he punched me is because he was trying to do something and I'm laughing and I'm there wasting my talent," the singer-rapper added.
RKADE said that served as a turning point for him as he went back into the music business with a passion.
"And me and the same guy became best friends since," he said laughing.
Now RKADE is in Jamaica to record a number of collaborations with some of the top dancehall acts.
"Jamaica is the capital of music for the Caribbean. It's like the boss, the leader and what ever comes out of Jamaica's home is gospel in reggae music," he explained.
"If I'm accepted in Jamaica then I'll be accepted across the Caribbean," he noted.
RKADE said he has encountered professionals who have been accepting, understanding and helpful.
He has been busy in the studio with the legendary Grub Cooper.
He said they have already recorded the single So in Love as well as the singer-rapper's latest singles I Am and Chi Chi Ching.
These songs are now in rotation on several local and international radio stations.
"There are some other things in the pipeline, including collaborations with some well-known Jamaican artiste, but I don't want to say too much. I'm happy I came and I have no regrets," he said.
RKADE says fans should expect good music that reflects their everyday lives.
"I hope it (music) will be inspirational. The mistakes I made in my life I talk about them so, hopefully, the people young and old could take something from it," he said.
RKADE says he feels grateful to have a second chance at his first love and added that he hopes he can steer someone to making better decisions in life.