|The New York City Messiah (Edited Version)|
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When Ricardo was in High School he attempted to get exposure in the Dancehall market. In high school Ikay met his soon to be music partner Oral Farquharson most commonly known as Zalla B. Ikay and Zalla met in a lyrical battle after Ikay challenged him. Zalla was the undisputed lyricist at the time and the battle drew a large crowd at the Staircase of the St. Elizabeth Technical High school. Zalla was impressed with Ikay lyrical ability and at the end of the battle the two decided to make some music together and from that day on they have been close friends and they later formed the Cry Nation coterie along with Nicholas Griffiths, most commonly known as Nicko. Ikay soon began to explore Hip-Hop music and started listening to artists such as Nas, 2Pac, AZ and Shyne to name a few. In high school when Ikay had no classes he then skipped school to go hang out at the Outta Town Music Studio which was owned and operated by Dudley Eulitt also known as Bassie who eventually saw the potential in the young lyricist to become a record producer and then took him under his wings and taught him how to compose beats, engineer songs and he even taught Ikay the business aspects of the music industry.
In the summer of 2008 Ikay migrated to the United States where he then resided in Queens, New York and continued on his musical journey. A year later in the summer of 2009 Ikay then released his first mixtape titled This Is My Life... Vol. 1, this mixtape was hosted by Nu Jerzey Devil and consists of tracks from when Ikay was just 14-16 years old and was just starting his musical journey, this mixtape also consists of a combination of more recent tracks. All the tracks on the mixtape are engineered by Ikay himself as he embarks upon the best of both worlds, rapping and producing.
Ikay is currently working on his LP which is titled The New York City MessiahÂ which he plans to release by the end of 2013, Ikay is very ecstatic about this upcoming project as he strongly feels that this LP is destined to take his career to the next level and solidify his name as one of the most prophetic lyricist in Hip-Hop.