K-Riz is an Edmonton-based music artist who effortlessly fuses the genres of Hip-Hop and R&B. When writing his raps, K-Riz pays close attention to detail and experiments with a variety of flows to keep his listeners engaged. “I treat my vocals as another instrument that must work to complement the production”, says the Edmonton Music Award Nominee. With percussive flows, K-Riz’s raps demonstrate his range, which includes lyric bravado, storytelling and introspection.

Citing Prince, Michael Jackson and Sade as early influences, harmonies play a strong role in the music K-Riz creates. Stylistically, K-Riz’s brand of R&B can be described as progressive and futuristic with hints of early 90s New Jack Swing. Much like Marvin Gaye, K-Riz’s subject matter varies in topic from romance to personal growth to current affairs.

To help find his sound and voice, K-Riz released a series of free EPs from 2013 to 2015. The response for the projects was extremely favourable with critical acclaim coming from sites like HipHopCanada.com, Ice Berg Society, and ThisIs50.com. This was also the beginning of K-Riz receiving national support from nightclub and radio DJs who gravitated to songs like “Paradise”, “The High” and “Is It Real”.

In August of 2016 after months in the studio, K-Riz released his debut album, Fresh Air. Funded by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Fresh Air was welcomed with critical acclaim from sites in both Canada and the US. The quality of the album raised K- Riz’s profile, landing him a spot on HipHopCanada.com’s top 40 Canadian Hip-Hop MCs of 2016, securing him a performance slot at the One Love Festival in Calgary and a film festival screening of the music video for the album’s lead single, “Levitate”.

Learning from the experiences of his debut album, K-Riz is gearing up to hit the studio to work on his sophomore release, Peace & Love. While there is no set release date, fans and the industry alike can expect something in the first quarter of 2019.

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