AMET Ricky Interview: Always Measuring Every Triumph Realizing Inferiority Can Kill You
By Derek Jones
Arryelle Vines, known by her fans as AMET Ricky, grabs her listeners by the ears and drags them into her world. You can kick and scream for her to stop, but it won’t work. She’s vicious behind the microphone and she’ll cause the wax to melt from your ears.
AMET Ricky, who we found on ReverbNation is set to become the next big hip-hop artist to make a global splash. This hot artist has an arsenal of highly flammable lyrical content and she can’t even buy a beer at a local bar. She’s only seventeen. AMET Ricky is a sophomore at North Carolina Central University where she’s majoring in Journalism & Mass Communications.
On her summer trek doing shows from venue to venue across the state, she made a pit stop in Charlotte, North Carolina. After reaching out to AMET Ricky via social media, I was fortunate enough to arrange an interview with her.
When I arrived at Northlake Mall’s food court in Charlotte to meet AMET Ricky, she was nowhere in sight. I assumed that she was still en route for our interview. Then, all of a sudden, I got a text that read “Hey I’m here.” I took a few more steps and there was AMET Ricky. The prescription frames along with the hat twisted to the back and the long chain dangling around her neck confirmed it. Strapped to her feet, a pair of crispy white Air Force Ones. It was AMET Ricky in the flesh.
We found an empty table outside in the shade and I began to find out exactly what makes this seventeen-year-old fire-spitter tick.
MUSIC VIDEO – ”THE WAY”
You and Maalah, the artist featured on your song “My Way,” seem to vibe effortlessly throughout the music video. It feels like she’s your best friend. How did you two meet and what made you choose her for the song?
Maalah is one of my friends from Central (North Carolina Central University). She doesn’t sing often and she hates singing in front of people. When I was recording “The Way,” I was like, I really want somebody to sing the hook on this song. Maalah agreed to do it and I’m glad she did because it came out great.
Your material is ear-grabbing because of your ability to pull the listener into your world with your lyrics. What inspires your music?
I’m a storyteller. I talk about my life in my music. I think people are so drawn because they tend to cling to the truth. So when I’m looking for inspiration I just talk about whatever’s going on in my life, good or bad.
Even with the harsh realities of life, we should all find a way to enjoy it because it’s short and tomorrow’s not promised. That was the message I got after hearing “The Way.” Was that the overall message of the song?
Yes. I’ve been through things in life that made me realize that whatever’s going on isn’t permanent. Nothing lasts forever. “The Way” was about people being killed, stereotypes, heartbreak and not fitting in. It’s your life and you deserve to live it in happiness. Forget what everyone else has to say.
Being a director myself I’ve taken on the guerilla-style filmmaker’s mentality and shot in places that I didn’t have permission to use. We were in and out. Did Paul Blart the mall cop pop up at any point during the shooting of the “The Way” music video?
We were being sneaky. We used an iPhone to shoot it. We basically played it off when we had to. The director (Khadijah McIntyre) walked further behind us so it looked as if we were just two girls hanging out at the mall. Mall security never picked up on what we were actually doing.
If I took you to a studio right now and told you that I’d fly in an artist of your choice for you to do a full album with, who would I be booking a flight for and why?
That’s a tough one. I love Kendrick Lamar, but I’d pick Detroit Che. She won BET’s “Hot 16” last year and she’s my favorite artist. We’re both very personal with our fans. I’ve been able to speak with her on several occasions, not just about the music business, but personal matters as well. She’s a very open person and her music is amazing. Her aggressive, edgy style would blend well with my brand of music. It would be something like if Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte did an album together.
I see that you have a birthday coming up on July 20. Any big plans for the big one-eight?
I’ll feel more legal. When people hear my music they say, “You’re so young.” In a way that can be annoying because it puts me in a box since I have to respect that some people see me as a kid.
Your body of work contains some dope, original lines. I want to point out two of them from your “Uncovered Covers” project. They’re from the “Maxwell” track. “Your heart is a rocket and I promise not to launch it”…and the second…“I’ma ride for you until I’m riding in a hearse, and I’ma grind for you until you drivin’ in a Murc (Murcielago).” Darts like those are the reason you were nominated in the best Indie Female Hip Hop category at the Women In Charge awards and for the Young Artist Spotlight award at the SCM in Memphis, Tennessee.
How does it make you feel when your work receives that type of recognition? Especially when you get love from other states and other parts of the globe.
It feels amazing when people see you in the light that you want to be seen in. When people meet they typically judge each other based on appearance. They don’t get to know the person. By people actually listening to my music they’re getting to know me as an individual. It’s an acceptance thing. It feels good when people accept you for who you are and I love my fans for that.
The Internet has a huge impact on the music business. Artists can now sell music directly to their fanbase without the need of a major label. Would you rather have the freedom of remaining an indie artist or would signing to a major label be more comforting and secure for you?
I think it’s every artist’s dream to be signed to a major because of the people that come along with it. But personally, I like being an indie artist because of the freedom that it gives you. Sometimes people want to change you and that’s just not me.
I’m trying to raise five thousand dollars and my time is running out. The funds would help me to get my music onto BET’s platform without having to be signed to major label. I’d also be able to bring some key people aboard to assist me as I make my way into the music business.
The name, “AMET Ricky”…how did it come about?
My name, AMET Ricky, is an acronym for Always Measuring Every Triumph Realizing Inferiority Can Kill You. It’s a reminder to myself that regardless of what I’m going through to always remain positive and to keep my head up.
What can we expect from “Hiatus” and when will it drop?
“Hiatus” is coming out around August or September. It was supposed to drop in July, but I’m trying to make it as close to perfect as possible. “Hiatus” is very different from anything else I’ve done. With my release, “805”, it was me introducing myself to the world. With “Uncovered Covers” I was putting my own spin on popular songs. “Hiatus” gets extremely deep. It’s the most vulnerable music I’ve ever made. Lines like the one on “90’s Babies” I said “I want to talk but I doubt god is up for listening”. It’s so personal. It’s like a lyrical, emotional rollercoaster. Get ready to be mad, cry, fall in love, get your heart broken and then turn up all on one album. Every time I listen to it I get in my feelings. With the “Hiatus Preview”, I put out five songs and in the first week of it’s release, controversy started. I want people to understand that they’re really about to get into my life. You’re going to hear real conversations, real arguments, and you may even hear me crying real tears while I’m recording. Some artists are afraid to talk about the demons that they’re battling, but I’m not.