Being able to inspire, while telling his story and giving his perspective on life, is what drives Ricky Mapes’ passion for creating music. Using music as an escape when dealing with life’s issues has not only become therapeutic for the Bronx native, but alleviating as well. Whether it’s his own life, a painting, a book, or someone else’s story, Ricky is able to pull inspiration from all walks of life and use these inspirations in hopes of making timeless music that will resonate with people all over the world.
From his previous mixtape 2091 to the release of his latest EP Save Yourself in March, Ricky Mapes has continued to show growth in his confidence, allowing him to experiment and push boundaries with new sounds. The seven-track EP displays moments of honesty and vulnerability while touching on topics such as fear, paranoia and anxiety. Possessing the ability to diversify makes him a key player. Whether it’s his lyrics, flow or delivery, Ricky is sure to leave listeners guessing on what his next move can be.
Ricky Mapes will be anticipating an east coast tour within the tri-state region to help support the release of his EP.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering Mapes’ video for “IDWDT.” This is what he had to say about it:
“The meaning behind both the song and the video is to really act as a reminder for people living their life. Always understand that there’s always an effect to a cause, you know? With great success comes trials and tribulations, comes conflict and confrontation. Sometimes you don’t even have to be successful, things sometime happen to those undeserving of it. What I want people to take away from this is to always remember to be aware. Be aware of your decisions, your surroundings, and the people around you, just always be aware.”
The video was produced and directed by Kidmateo and co-directed by L.I.F.E. Enjoy it below.
Catch Mapes live her:
July 19 – The Paperbox, Brooklyn, NY