Everything’s bigger in Texas and Ray C is no exception to that rule. His smooth vocals, witty punchlines and drive to be unique in his craft definitely make Ray stand out even in a state as big as Texas.
The San Antonio Native began his music career in his college dorm making freestyle mixtapes. His love for the hip-hop culture spawned his interest in the battle rap scene across Texas. After making a name for himself across the state and gaining the attention of radio stations like 97.9 The BOX in Houston and KBBT 98.5 in San AntonioRay set his sights on the national stage. In 2010 he auditioned for BET’s 106 & Park and earned a spot on the Freestyle Friday stage. He ended up qualifying for the top 8 March Madness tournament and received some of the highest ratings in the shows history.
During this time Ray C caught the attention of Justin Fursetnfeld front man for Billboard rock group Blue October. Justin contacted him and asked him to appear on Blue October’s album Any Man in America. Within days, Ray C and Blue October had cut the title track to the album and Ray was invited on their US tour. Ray was invited back to subsequent shows with the rock band and saw his music was able to appeal to a much wider audience than the typical urban/rhythmic/college crowd he started his career with.
When Ray returned home he focused on making a new mixtape and recruited Texas known and renowned DJ Rapid Ric to host the project. One of the songs on the tape “Got Damn” produced by Risky Boi a Houston native and well established producer. The track started gaining traction in nightclubs in Houston, San Antonio and Austin and garnered the attention of radio man "Danny C" Coniglio who immediately signed the record to A&M/Octone through his Exit 8 Media Group. The song exceeded expectations playing in over 25 radio markets across the US.
Ray C also prides himself on giving back to the community. He actively works with first generation kids with the hopes of getting them into college. He also helped found the only chapter of Hip Hop Congress in Texas. The Hip Hop Congress (HHC) is a nonprofit, international grassroots organization. Its mission is to evolve hip hop culture by inspiring social action and creativity within the community. Its headquarters is located in San Jose, California.
Currently Ray C is working on a follow up mixtape and new single to bring in for 2014. He is also honored to have been invited back for the 2014 SXSW music festival. When asked about what to expect for his upcoming projects Ray doesn’t say much. “I hate being put in a box when it comes to hip-hop. If there’s one thing the culture has shown people, it’s that it constantly evolves. Artists have to evolve. If I’m not changing, not improving, then what’s the point”
Stay tuned to see what 2014 has to offer!
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March 5th- Nexxus Martini Lounge San Antonio
Ray C 2014 SXSW Schedule:
Tuesday March 11th- Booth Pimps Showcase (Unofficial)
Voodoo Room 419 E. Sixth Street Austin Texas
(Set time approx 11:00 p.m.)
Thursday March 13th- Crisco Kids Block Party (Unofficial)
7th and Trinity (Set Time TBA)
Fri March 14- Official SXSW Showcase w/ Emilio Rojas & Slim Thug
Tap Room at The Market 311 Colorado St Austin Texas
(Set time approx 8:30 p.m.)