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Meet Ricky Mapes of Gold Tooth Ent. in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricky Mapes.

Ricky, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since a kid I’ve always been a class clown, I’ve always cracked jokes and always got a rise out of people with the things I’ve said. As I got older and my perspective started to change for better or worse, my words started to hold more weight. Listening to powerhouses like Roc-A-Fella Records, Outkast, G-Unit and everyone else in between I started to get an itch I had to scratch everyday and that was listening to HipHop. From the moment I got up for school to falling asleep with my headphones on every night, a gazillion words were flowing through my mind everyday and I started to take to putting words together myself. So much to the point, I was getting an A or at the least a B on every paper I’ve submitted from high school to my three semester run in college. I wasn’t too fond of the structure of writing essays, especially having to write in 10 pages something I could’ve said in 2. I was extremely talented but it was either become a best selling author or rap artist, obviously I chose the latter lol. Today I’m still pushing to make waves in the music industry and at the urging of my manager, one of my confidants and close friends, Pop, I’m putting whatever I go through into the music and try to make the best art possible. I turn my feelings into fuel. Fuel that lord willing will take me and my team to the moon sooner than later.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road and to be honest, I don’t know when the road will get smoother, haha. From dealing with janky promoters that had myself and other acts performing in the backroom of a textile shop to shows being canceled due to emergency construction taking place. The road has been bumpy to say the least and for the most part as much as I despise these bumps in the road I’m sure I’ll look back and laugh and even miss some of the bumps and simpler times associated with them.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m the first artist managed by and signed to Gold Tooth Ent. and it’s a title I take a great deal of pride in. It’s a big deal for me to be the inaugural artist in my brother Pop’s company because I set the tone for future acts and because of that I’m always super critical of myself and only wanna push the best work out there. It’s simple, the more I’m able to evolve and grow as an artist, the better my work will sound over time and the more the team will be able to flourish and blossom into a powerhouse of a company just like the ones I named earlier. I believe what sets us apart from others is our undying need to create the best product possible with the resources available and so far we’ve been doing a good job as we navigate through life and get over every bump on this road to God knows what lol. We’re just having fun and putting our best foot forward at the same time, every time.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have a few great memories from childhood that I’d love to share but I won’t because my favorite memory happened when I was 20 years old. I had just made the decision a year prior to pursue music seriously and one day make it a career. Myself and a buddy of mine who I’m still close with to this day were at a McDonalds where he straight up told me “as your friend I gotta tell you, your music is terrible” he then critiqued my flow and beat selection for about half an hour. I was discouraged for about 10 minutes then I wanted to get home and write 100 songs. To this day, I’m grateful for and give credit to that friend for telling me what I needed to hear rather than what I wanted to hear. It’s because of that moment of brutal honesty in 2011 that led to a moment of clarity and led to me consistently working day in and day out on my craft and I still work just as hard if not harder in 2020.

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