M.O.U.S.E. Jukebox Selection for July
Each month, M.O.U.S.E. will highlight an artist that is on the rise in hope that real impactful music will make it back onto the radio.
The M.O.U.S.E. Jukebox artist of July is Baltimore native, Rickie Jacobs.
The 26-year-old DMV artist is unsigned but far from undeserving of an offer. Since birth, Music has played a part in his family, Rickie Jacobs’ dad was in a band and he was constantly influenced and surrounded by the music industry.
Rickie Jacobs has released seven mixtapes in his career (The Prequel EP, Beautiful American EP, Virgo Session, Die Brilliant, Live Epic, Songs For High School Kids, Remember to Simile). He started making his buzz with the release of Songs For High School Kids and he gained even more fans with his 2014 cut Remember to Simile.
Mixtape stand out tracks on Songs For High School Kids are “Seven 57 High”, “86 Drafts” and “Intimate Friends”. Rickie Jacobs flow is unique on these tracks and is a nice alternative to the DMV infamous go-go sound.
Remember to Simile, is when I first stumbled upon Rickie Jacobs and that tape has instantly became one of my favorite mixtapes in recent years. By the release of this mixtape, Jacobs has polished his voice and has found a sound and vibe to him. Tracks such as “Just Us, Nostalgia 86”, “European Rugs”, “Elantra” and “Atlantic City (Freestyle)” are all personal favorite and display Jacobs at his finest.
In the song “European Rugs” Rickie Jacobs utters the lines, “If you ain’t living your dreams, then you are barely making the cut, this is knowledge in its final form, ain’t no legends around me,” expressing success driven bars to his fans.
Rickie Jacobs is the M.O.U.S.E. Jukebox artist of July, because his music reflects the life in Baltimore and is a positive outlet/sound for a city that has been exploited by media bias and the news.