Archives- Reviews: Riq Geez
The odds of a talented musician gaining notoriety in the music business are roughly a one in a million. The same could be said for actors and athletes alike. Despite these odds, Philadelphia emcee Riq Geez (not to be confused with The Roots front man Black Thought) comes through with the heat on his single “Fame”. Riq Geez is joined by R&B crooner Jay Reezy whose impressive voice assists in emphasizing the song’s concept; becoming famous. Aspiring actors, musicians, athletes and more will be able to relate as Riq takes the listener through the high points, trials and tribulations of becoming a celebrity.
The track’s production compliments both artists’ musical style and flow. Riq floats over the notes like a sailor as Reezy’s mid pitched voice delivers smooth vibrations throughout the song’s refrain. The track’s solid piano riff is the engine that powers the vehicle, providing the backdrop for the songs air-tight production. The keys, coupled with simplistic percussion sequences, make this melodious song a delicacy for the ears.
On this mid-tempo banga, Riq elucidates his need to obtain stardom as his spits: “I want the business, the deadlines/The stress, the headlines/The working long hours never getting to bed time/The fast days, short nights/The big cities and the bright lights/The different girl every night life.” Riq Geez glorifies the glitz and the glamour that accompanies stardom throughout the song’s first two verses. However, the song’s third verse details some of the disadvantages of being a star and chronicles the shortcomings of some of the most renown celebrities to include O.J Simpson, Michael Jackson and Michael Vick. After closer consideration Riq geez asks himself is it all worth it by stating: “First verse, second verse ended off the same/Third verse got me thinking do I really want the fame?”
“Fame” is a well constructed composition which displays the advantages, disadvantages and in some cases the consequences of becoming famous. Riq Geez and Jay Reezy creatively come together to bring aspiring artists a “what to expect” manual to listen to on the long road to stardom. Tight production, ill flows and an interesting conceptual vision make “Fame” a song that deserves to be in the rotation