On The Radar: Maltese Rapper Rheez Is On The Come Up And Dropping Some Hot Visuals
We sat down with the local rapper to talk about the Maltese rap scene, support from other musicians and that fight intro he did
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One Maltese rapper is mixing his style up with a focus on modern, heartfelt beats with a British-tongued take on relationships, love and loss, and the constant grind in this post-modern world.
But for Rheez, aka Rhys Bezzina, it's just him expressing his deepest thoughts.
"I'm just a young ambitious fellow, trying to make a dream set in stone, from a place where most don't get the chance," Rheez told Lovin Malta.
Having just dropped the visual for his latest single, Rheez is now focused on releasing his debut EP
"I'm just trying to do what I can, with what I can get"
When it comes to his inspiration, Rheez uses his own life and his surroundings to put pen to paper.
"It's just me reflecting on what's around me, pain, life changes, girls and different things I see affecting us and our communities," he continued. "I stay inspired by the possibilities of making a change for the name of the island and what we represent in the culture of hip hop."
Rheez's journey started a decade ago, when he first had a chance introduction to hip hop
"I started 10 years ago when I found a broken MP3 loaded with hip hop at the Skate Park in summer 2009," he reminisced. "I was a drummer boy before then, then I heard some Grits and my life changed. I seriously got into rap around four years ago now, and some of my favourite artists right now artists would be Skepta, Lil Skies, Tory Lanez, and Dave East; I really mess with their concepts and abilities."
Hungry to show off his capabilities, he's even performed in some outside-the-box places, such as the walkout of a local boxer, Dylan Mula, before a big fight
"That was for a young amateur boxer on the come up; Mula knocked out his opponent in the first round, which was dope. I have mad love for the boxing scene, and I try treating my musical approach the way a boxer would approach a fight camp: it's all in or results do not arrive."
Hard at work producing his next bangers, Rheez wanted to thank all the people who have supported him
"I just want to say a big thank you to anyone supporting me at this point, it's early days, but I ain't here to stop or disappoint," he said.
"Shout out to all you guys for looking into me and what I'm doing currently, and shout out to all my brothers holding it down on this journey, shout out to my guy AJ Kruddy doing his thing, my man Depth who's been my G from the jump, my brother Tyrone, the boxing scene ain't ready for him, and my brother Pompz look out for him on production for my new EP, and shout out to Supre for being humble and helpful to me since the get-go," he said.
"I just want to say to anyone inspired by things that seem different to normal society in this life, as long as you got love for it, chase after it no matter what it may be, go get your dreams - and don't sleep on Rheez," he ends.