Bajan rapper’s big dreams

At the age of 18, Rico Maserati has created history by becoming the first Barbadian rapper to reach 100,000 views on YouTube, and his music has been trending through the island for the past couple of months.

After five years at the Frederick Smith Secondary School, the young rapper whose real name is Rico Bourne, decided that gaining certificates and degrees wasn’t in his plans for the near future but that his main interest was music.

“I have zero CXCs. I had in my mind that school wasn’t the thing for me. I could have easily done work and stuff but there was too much distraction. I had an idea from day one I had liked music but I didn’t know I would have taken it as a career. It wasn’t on my mind but it came cross,” he told Bajan Vibes.

It all started for the young man with his first recording entitled Ten Toes Down, which speaks about a relationship he had with a female that eventually went wrong.

“I know a guy who knows Tory Layne’s father and he told me he would be coming into Barbados in December at that time, so I told the female I was talking to at the time that I would do a song and hopefully he would scout me.

I made a promise that the song would be about her, but you know things happen and we split up but I promised her the song and I wrote it. It wasn’t as positive. I had to change up stuff, but everything went well and I dropped it on Christmas Day,” Bourne said.

During the interview, Bourne indicated that he was inspired to dive into the local rap industry by both Old and New school rappers based in the United States.

“I used to listen to Lauren Hill when I was younger but I ended up in love with rap when I got my laptop back in 2007 and I started to listen to Eminem , 50 cent and then I came across Tupac. So from day one, I liked rap above soca,” he said..

“The same female I mentioned before, she introduced me to A Boogie and I liked his style and I like PnB Rock and Drake. He could sing all songs but these three guys really inspired me.”

After dropping his first couple of tracks, Maserati said the feedback he received was a shock since he was now coming up and trying to make a name for himself. “To be honest, I didn’t expect it to get as much attention as it did,” he said.

“I wasn’t looking for it to blow up because there are no Bajan artistes besides Teff and Rihanna and probably a few others that people support in the rap game. It actually took me by surprise that people gravitated towards it.  Every time I go on social media, I see my songs playing. It is a great feeling,” he added.

Two months ago, Bourne reached a milestone no other Barbadian rapper has attained in having over 10,000 persons engaged in his hit song Brother To Me.

“I feel great about it. I woke up that morning and I saw all the tags and I wasn’t sure at that moment what it was all about and people were congratulating me. I got a call in the morning (but) I never saw it coming.”

The 18-year-old said he recently had hit a stumbling block in his career path but was determined not to give up on his goal of becoming an international rapper one day.

“I had a writer’s block. I couldn’t write for a while but I getting back to my writing 24 hours, but all the songs I can release so far I have written. This 24/7 hours life is extremely difficult but I’m trying to focus. It gets stressful and I have to be strong so regardless I must finish what I started. I start good and I could best end on a bang. The majority of artistes in Barbados start good but give up. I just see myself in big places.”

Bourne told Bajan Vibes he had no intention of singing another genre of music, mainly because he believes his audience has become accustomed to the type of songs he produces.

“I would not sing anything outside of rap because I have fans that support what I do. You don’t like to confuse people. I can do a soca song. It shouldn’t be hard for me to do. I may win a car but right now I don’t want to confuse my people,” he said.

Responding to a comment under one of his songs on social media which stated that he needs to leave Barbados to make it in the rap game, Bourne said he totally disagreed.

“Leaving Barbados makes no sense. A lot of others do it and go and compete against so many people. When you are here, once you get support, everybody else will,” he reasoned.

Bourne’s aim within the next couple of years is to become successful against all the odds. “I looking to see myself in a big house , everybody happy and eating., I work hard for a purpose. At the end of the day, I can work hard or smart .I looking to see myself in big places but it never really happens in Barbados.

Nobody really pays rap attention in Barbados but I have my own style and people respect me for that,.” he said.

Source: by Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

16 Responses to Bajan rapper’s big dreams

  1. Neki Ariana
    Neki Ariana August 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    To Rico Maserati, I say still get your education….a lot of the successful entertainers out there have their education…because as you become more successful you may be called upon to be a feature speaker, be part of intellectual forums and having that knowledge base is a plus….Continue to seek knowledge because it will help you to be a better entertainer and give you the ability to be good at interviews and so on…Read a lot too…there is also self education

  2. hcalndre August 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    @Rico Maserati; someone told you that to leave Barbados would be better for you and you disagreed, then you said that you want to see yourself in big places but it never would really happen in Barbados. Are you saying that you would rather ride on a donkey than ride in a Benz.

  3. Mark Marlon Phil
    Mark Marlon Phil August 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Watch some of his videos and I would say impressive but education is always good to have but keep it up and hopefully Rhi can give you some forward.

  4. David E Hall
    David E Hall August 31, 2017 at 4:09 pm


  5. Rudy Griffith
    Rudy Griffith August 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Never heard about you…..gonna check your spit and see who you are, bro…..

  6. Rudy Griffith
    Rudy Griffith August 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Maserati….Mick Jagger dropped outta London University and made a billion dollars !

  7. Rudy Griffith
    Rudy Griffith August 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Education is overrated.
    I don’t have any education, that why l say things like this……it ain’t my fault, wunnah !

  8. Alison August 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Please do not get education confused with certificates. He sounds pretty educated to me. Congrats! I love to hear young people especially boys having an interest and doing something positive. That is what is important in society today.

  9. Abigail Wickham
    Abigail Wickham August 31, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Boy get an education. Beyoncé id the perfect example lots of money and can’t speak with a damn.

  10. Tasha Lyon
    Tasha Lyon August 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Shorty call me charlie

  11. Tanya Hurley
    Tanya Hurley August 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm


  12. Daniel A Boxill
    Daniel A Boxill August 31, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Dropping out of school doesn’t mean you have no education… as a rapper and lyricist, reading and learning are your best friends if you want a successful and enduring career… however big ups to him

  13. Vivica Primo
    Vivica Primo August 31, 2017 at 7:29 pm


  14. Gail Marshall
    Gail Marshall August 31, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats Rico on your success although you didn’t leave school with CXC”s you were able to use your talent and strive to make a life for your self.Hope that you continue with your studies and that you can inspired the young generation .Be humble and may God continue to blessed you.

  15. Trieon September 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Great job Rico…it’s good to see you are still aiming and believing.
    Don’t ever stop…..

  16. Honest September 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    @Rudy Griffith, really? CXCs mean that you have successfully completed secondary school. Some advice you gave there. London University is a group of prestigious tertiary institutions. To be accepted there means that one has O’level and A’levels. It’s no walk in the park.


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