Nocturnal

by Friday AKA Ricky Dred

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about

I was born and born and raised in Montreal to a single parent household. My mother tried her best with me but from a teenager I was infatuated with the nightlife and the hustle. Along with that I watched legends like LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane who inspired me to get into rapping. Through rapping I got to open for some of my heroes like The Roots and Mobb Deep.

That rap dream brought me to Toronto in 1997 and over the years I've co-founded my independent label AWOL Records Inc. and managed and executive produced many artist and projects. I've had a cross Canada street team, a distribution deal with E1 where AWOL was able to release the Classic LP "Get It" by the legendary supergroup Empire. Shortly after the release of Get It however, my street ties caught up to me and I was incarcerated and sent to the federal penitentiary.

Upon my release my passion never died. I continued to release project after project telling my street stories of the nightlife as well as my fights with the demons of a recovering alcoholic. All while trying to find my voice and the right way to paint this picture, I've opened my life like the pages to a dark novel. The picture that brings you into the underworld of Toronto and Montreal. The things that happen after hours. The stories of a hustler's experience and the all of the joy, pain and sometimes unsaid things. The 4am stories of the city brought to you from my Nocturnal mind, are you ready? #LateNiteDrivingMusic

This album should be played on the late night while driving for best results. Insomniacs unite! Nocturnal is a collection of sleepless nights and the things I see through my windshield in these Toronto Streets. The Highs & Lows that I feel in my Cold heart while I'm gripping my Woodgrain steering wheel. I am a Child of the Night looking to make Changes! Sometimes I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and Nocturnal is a very important project for me to introduce myself to the world as well as reintroduce myself to my cities.

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released April 1, 2016

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