Raida Bankz talks new project “Under Class Freshman” and More !
Born in Virginia Raida Bankz is a rising artist that was raised in Waco, Texas who has been networking around Texas and other states to get his career as an artist to the next level.
The name comes from being a fan of the NFL team ” Oakland Raiders”, giving it’s own swag and making it a name of his own. Raida originated on the East coast in North Carolina where he was living at the time; along with his music. Although Raida had been rapping since the third grade , he began taking his career seriously five years ago. Working since the age fifteen and living house to house motivated him to do better for himself.
Influenced by Southern rap and watching other artist in Texas he decided to go all the way in!
He idolized artist like Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, the hip hop duo UGK (short for Underground Kingz) and many more.Since he began his journey in the industry, he has worked with artist like Lucky Luciano, AK of Do or Die, and Big Tuck of DSR. Collaborating with other artist is something he has planned, but Raida is working on building his platform and fan base to where artist begin to reach out to him.
He often goes on what he likes to call a “Promocation”, where he networks with others and performs in different cities and states to increase his visibilty as an artist. This has landed him radio spins in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado and more!
Raida has released hot singles over time and is currently pushing his new hot single ” Pipe Down” featuring Big Tuck which will be included on his unreleased project ” Under Class Freshman”. Under Class Freshman will be his first completed project that is projected to be released no later than January! The name of this project stems from the fact that he feels like he is underrated not only as an artist, but as an individual. Raida stated that people feel like he wouldn’t be successful in the music industry. His biggest challenge has been getting people to support. However, once his project is released he will prove people wrong.
He launched his brand ” Young Texas Muzik” to start something that the new generation could relate to. Raida currently has his clothing line for male and females of all ages,”they may not like my music, but they might like the clothing,” he expressed. One of his goals is to build his brand into a record label to provide a promotion and management outlet for other artist. In the mean time he hosts toy drives and back to school bashes to give back to the community.
After reflecting over his journey, Raida says he has progressed in his writing skills, his style and by becoming more professional as an artist. Being consistent and pushing everyday has made him better overall.
If he could work with any other artist it would be Boosie or Slim Thug because he’s been watching them since he was younger. Raida’s main focus is to become established,reach all of his goals and make his family happy.