Richy Hillary has been a lyricist since his early teens, but even back then he wasn’t trying to be just some other rapper. He spent his time focused on growing, pursuing himself as an individual, realizing the potential of his many skills and recognizing, respecting and cultivating his gift as the truest type of MC – a master of crafts.
While his family and friends always saw the creative side of Richy, the community in Montreal, Canada’s west-end N.D.G. neighbourhood came to know him as a trusted and devoted counsellor at the local Y. His solid reputation, despite any formal training, led him to become an integration aid at-risk youth and a substitute teacher in the city school system.
Never one to settle for a nine-to-five, his way with words also made him one of the most level-headed bouncers to ever talk down drunken belligerence on the Main. On the side, a talent with the lens and an instinct that brings out an artist’s best on celluloid helped Richy and his partner (Roberto Garcia) at Labnoise Films become the go-to guys for urban culture’s film production needs in eastern Canada, and a full-time business.
These daily occupations express his genuine value as a quality human being. The beats and rhymes he has been refining all the while, quietly and consistently, express the scope of a soul and imagination provoked by a holistic approach to being alive.
His first single, “Story of my Life”, broke Quebec’s hip hop radio airwaves in late 2010, becoming an instant street hit, shared online rampantly to achieve sudden sleeper status across Canada’s hip hop underground communities.
With a body of music he is now ready to take from labour of love to fulfilment of his obligation as an entire person, the thing he has come to understand best is the difference between performing and performance.
If you’re good at something and you work hard, you get to sit down to a full plate. If you’re good at a lot things, work even harder, and always keep learning how to bring every experience in life back to the table, you get the Full Course.