When it comes to the influence of Ragga in the MCing styles of Grime, one of the undisputed pioneers is Riko Dan, who has a long and illustrious history woven into the fabric of London’s underground music scenes.
Riko Dan was first noticed for his talents as a teenager in the Jungle scene of the mid 90s. He was one of the standout MC’s of the era on stations such as Pressure FM (where he first met Grime godfather DJ Slimzee). His success in the Jungle scene was an inspiration to younger artists around him like Wiley, Flowdan and Godsgift. However as the sound shifted over to underground Garage and the roots of Grime were sown by emerging crews like Pay As U G
When he returned to music in 2004, a changed man after after a jail sentence, he immediately took his rightful place amongst Roll Deep at the forefront of the East London Grime scene. Riko immediately displayed the versatility like ‘Pick Urself Up’ on Wiley’s historic ‘Treddin On Thin Ice’ album and ‘Don’t Want You Back’ on DJ Target’s ‘Aim High 2’.
Fast foward to 2018 and Riko Dan’s prescence is as strong as ever. His most recent collaboration on Tectonic, the ‘Hard Food’ EP saw Riko working with production from Pinch, Joker, Mumdance, Ziro and Walton. Unashamedly hard, direct and impactful, the project is an accurate glimpse in to all of the aspects that make Riko Dan a great amongst UK MCs.