Our exclusive interview with talented teen rap star and Instagram star the gorgeous Ricci Bitti.
Born Lyric Chance Thomas and raised in Cobb County, Georgia, Ricci Bitti is anything but Itty Bitty in the music industry. This 14-year-old powerhouse is ready to take the music industry by storm and taking no prisoners! You may have recognized Ricci from Lifetime TV’s number one show, The Rap Game (prod. Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah), but #BittiSZN has always been in session!
With musical influences ranging from raptress Nicki Minaj to trending trio Migos to lyrical genius Kendrick Lamar, it’s no wonder Ricci Bitti is so adaptable to crossover tactics and able to bend with the winds of the industry. While her music spreads positivity and dope vibes to her listeners, you’ll also get a taste of her next level swagger and maturity with that fresh, fun sound! Ricci has been awarded the opportunity to be featured on the hottest stations in Atlanta: Streetz 94.5, V-103 and Hot 107.9. Not to mention, she has collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer Drumma Boy, producer Zaytoven and millennial diva Keke Palmer.
When did you start, and when did you knew this was the professional life for you?
I started pursuing music professionally in mid 2016 although, I played around with it as a kid.
What kind of music did you grow up with?
I grew up listening to rap, pop, and R&B for the most part.
Who was your music inspiration at that moment, and who is now?
Back then I was inspired by my dad and big sister. My dad was her manager and she was signed to Island Def Jam. Now I get inspired by whoever is making good music. I love Nicki Minaj’s vocal style and animation, along with Migos’s saucy flow over hard 808s. There’s also Kendrick, Drake, Chris Brown, Cardi B who is KILLING it, and many more. I dance so I love a good, fun dance record.
What kind of music do you listen on daily basis?
Whatever is hot and makes me feel a vibe.
On your point of view, how is the music scene right now?
I think the music scene is lit right now. There is a good balance. There are dope MC’s, dope swag rappers, dope dance artists, and dope singers. I think the music scene is in a good place.
What is next for you?
Making new music, developing my brand and training and perfecting my acting.
Any exciting news you want to share with us?
Yes! Just make sure to stay tuned. We have a lot of exciting things coming up this summer! Follow me @riccibitti_ for updates.
Ricci Bitti - Ooh Wooh
Tell us about your music video “Ooh Wooh”?
It’s just a smooth vibe about me and my girls hanging out, chillin, not doing too much, ya know? The boys are hanging too but we ain’t really tripping off them (ha) It’s a girls day!
How would you describe your style?
Cool & Lit with a lot of flavor. Sometimes I’m gonna hit you with some relationship vibes, and songs on serious issues like, bullying but for the most part I want my music to make people feel happy. But as far as my fashion style, it’s very versatile! I can step out with a tomboy-ish type of fit where I rock joggers, a cool tee, and jays, or I can switch it up and wear something more fitted and girly! I love to add a stand-out piece to top off the look. This may include a bright colored jacket or a jaw-dropping shoe.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Saucy, young & fresh
Now tell us about your recent role in Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game?
I was one of the top five picks in the country for Season 4 of The Rap Game. All five of us stayed in The Rap Game house for a total of 13 weeks and completed many different challenges to show our skill level as we were competing for one plaque, chain, and contract to be signed to SoSo Def.
How’s your typical day?
On an average day I complete my daily Homeschool work, record music, do some acting lessons , and hang out with friends or family.
Best advice ever given?
Trust God and Never Give Up!
What do you do in your free time?
Hangout with friends.
Any tips that you can give to up-coming talent?
Build a team of people who believe in you as much as you believe in yourself, or better yet, more than you do! Work hard and use hate to elevate your career.
What do you like to watch on tv?
Love stories, dramedies or murder mysteries where you have to guess the killer.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Church, go out to eat, hang with friends.
Do you support any charity?
Yes, The National Bully Prevention Center, ASQYOUTH.ORG and ASupremeDream.org
What do you think about Social media in the music business?
It’s a great platform for independent artists to get their music heard. It gives you the power to jump start your own career.
Where we can follow you?
RicciBitti_ on Instagram and Twitter.
Ricci Bitti on Youtube and Facebook and lyric.chance on snapchat
Favorite food: French fries
Travel destination: Hawaii
Celebrity Crush: Jahking Guillory
Actor/Actress: Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya
Quote: “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
Book: The Divergent series
Movie: Anything with Jlo in it!
Drink: Root Beer
Sports Team: Cincinnati Bengals