Chicago’s nouveau disco-rapper and United Nations-visiting activist, Ric Wilson released two crucial EPs Soul Bounce in 2016 & Negrow Disco in 2017. Ric got his start from Young Chicago Authors (the same literary youth organization that spawned alumnae gems Chance the Rapper and Jamila Woods).
His new Banba EP is out on May 18, 2018 on Innovative Leisure (home to badbadnotgood, The Buttertone, Nosaj Thing). Ric has over 50K Soundcloud streams on ‘Hang Loose’ track featuring Chuck D.
With his electrifying soul train dance lines and a vibrant horn section, Ric has opened for Chuck D, DRAM, Azelia Banks, Raleigh Ritchie, and with The Roots at Tour De Fat. Ric traveled as a youth delegate to speak at the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Switzerland in 2014.
The 22-year-old motivational funk poet has much to show and say to the world.
Pitchfork - 'Split'' review - read here
Consequence of Sound - 'Ric Wilson Announces New EP Banba - read here
Okayplayer - Ric Wilson Makes His Own Waves With New Chuck D single - read here
Soul Bounce Video: watch here
Wilson’s albums—2016’s exuberant Soul Bounce and last year’s equally assured Negrow Disco—have the same power of this portrait: They’re youthful, charismatic, and poised. On “Split,” the glowing first single from BANBA, Wilson playfully breaks down a philosophical crisis shared by most people his age: namely, the difficulty of establishing what you stand for and the battle to hold yourself to those standards.