The Ridah G.O.D™ is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Ridah has been recording music since 1995. He has recorded and been involved with several underground rap projects since he began his journey in music.
Ridah states "I'm an artist that has lived and I have learned... I'm talking about growth as an emcee and as a human being. Artist development has vanished in the Rap industry. I'm an artist that is not afraid to be true to myself. I'm talking about honesty, confidence, passion, talent and morals. That's what being a RIDAH is about to me."
Ridah has recorded and released three projects of his own entitled "BLACK TUESDAY" - The Day The Game Stood Still ( 1999 ) that was produced by Little Rock, Arkansas native FINK, "LITTLE ROCK" - Straight Outta Darkansas ( 2006 ) that was produced by Little Rock, Arkansas native TWICE, "GOVERNOR OF DARKANSAS" - The Official Mixtape (2008 ) with North Carolinas' own DJ REFLECTION and "AMERICAN MONSTER EXPERIMENT" - The Official Mixtape (2010). Rap music has always been apart of his life from the young childhood years to the adult years. Ridah reflects "I can hear a song and I can remember that I was feeling this way or that way. Music is so powerful that it can become the soundtrack to your life without you even knowing it." He credits the struggles and pain of growing up in Little Rock as the motivation and inspiration to continue pushing forward and staying true to himself as an artist. "The Message by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel let me know... through rapping the world could hear and see what's going on in your community... good or bad."
Ridah's musical influences range from Sade, Marvin Gaye, Eric B. & Rakim, 8Ball & MJG, The O'Jays, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, KRS One, Damian Marley and soo many more. He describes his rap style as "political, street, spiritual and reality based rap... period. A lot of people remember my city for the HBO documentary "GANG WAR" - Banging In Little Rock. I've been fortunate to travel a few places and I have noticed that the older people remember my city for the "Little Rock Nine" and younger people remember my city for "Gang Wars". I'm from THE MID-SOUTH... life down there shaped me and taught me to NEVER take anything for granted." His upcoming series entitled "PLANET ROCK A.D." is set to hit streets sometime in 2014. Ridah adds "the ups and downs of the music business, the pain of countless friends dying from the ongoing cycle of violence... the stress of so many youth falling through the cracks of society at the hands of broken homes... drug abuse... corrupt politics and the flawed prison systems fueled these new projects and sharpened my focus. There's a spiritual evolution taking place amongst the people even in the midst of so much chaos... and I want to be apart of that movement that enlightens and awakens the people... to be apart of the solution."
Ridah remains excited in saying "Nobody ever thought MUSIC would be apart of the force to bring about TRUE CHANGE in this world. I'm a natural born leader and I'm tired of hearing the same damn song all the time! We're at a critical time in Rap/Hip Hop. Rap is the ONLY genre of music that the 'powers that be' want to keep "young"... misinformed, dumb down and sadly misled. (Simply "my" opinion.) Rap music is still so young as an art form. Jazz, R&B, Blues, Rock, Pop and Country have artist that record great music at a high level until they pass on... never a question of the "age" of a great artist. Rap is the ONLY category. There are artists out there that can make a TRUE impact on Hip Hop and also leave a mark for the next generation. We need balance in the music again. The blind leading the blind is at an all time high and by me standing in truth... maybe I can encourage someone else to be true to yourself. It's past time to set a new trend and be leaders again. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel... Rap music is preparing to grow up, take responsibility and inspire again. The question is where do you really stand? It's about MORE than rapping about a fancy car with rims, the women you've fucked, the dope you've sold, the niggas you've killed, how much prison time you've did, how much your jewelry cost or how much fucking money you got. At what point do we as a genre draw the line between FACT and FICTION... or do we simply continue to ignore the destructive influence on the kids that follow? STOP IT with all of that "I'm not a role model" crap because at the end of the day YOU ARE... it's only a matter of if you are willing to ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY in what YOU say. STOP signing those shady contracts that muzzle your freedom of expression. Rappers... how many schools do we build? Rappers... how many hospitals do we build? Rappers... when will WE come TOGETHER and build our OWN pressing and distribution plants? Rappers... how many homeless people do we "help" feed, clothe and take off the streets in America and abroad? Rappers... how long before we finally grow up, get into politics and represent for our culture? Where are the voices of reason... the LEADERS? Where are the voices of TRUTH? I simply can't pick up the mic and just say some bullshit... "my" generation, the pioneers before me and the next generation deserves more. I simply LOVE this Hip Hop culture... and I can't live without it... but IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT... IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. I want to inspire by simply being TRUE to myself... "my" music and therefore, I can be TRUE my the listeners... the SUPPORTERS!!! Blessings!!"