I just remember that it was hella cold and we were half way through a bottle of Jameson. We had just got back from the bar and had been drinking since like 8pm so we were pretty lit, which is normal at my apartment at 2am, Friday night. And I don’t know what triggered it (alcohol) but I just flipped out. It’s kind of funny looking back on it now but I was tired of hearing excuses for what woulda coulda shoulda happened. We needed to take accountability and get this shit going because we know damn well we’re trying to rock sold out shows and get paid to have fun with this. So fuck it. We started making everything in house - videos, beats, dj events, parties, comedy skits, even the extras and actors in our videos are all people we grew up with. Content and consistency.
My pops is an OG he’s cool with everybody. He’s got musical range too and his album collection is deep too. I get a lot my appreciation for music from him. For example, most people don’t expect Toro y Moi to be one of my favorite artists. My mom was born in Havana, Cuba, where music and partying is like second nature. And then San Francisco in the ‘90s and early 2000’s was just a huge melting pot of all different walks of life within a small geographic area. It was a way different more flavorful place then it is now. All of that factors into how I was raised and I think that’s what you get with our music. It’s real life experiences and relationships you share with your friends and family, just told from our slightly tainted perspectives.
I come from a first generation family who immigrated to San Francisco in the 1970’s. My folks raised four boys on minimal resources in a two bedroom apartment. According to my older brothers, pops was definitely a hippie with Carlos Santana being his favorite guitarist. At an early age I was able to listen and experience music my siblings favored rangining from artists like Mac Dre, Andre Nickatina, San Quinn to Nas and Mobb Deep. Although food was kept on the table, in the eyes of societal standards we were poor. This foundation taught me the true definition of hustle which spread throughout every aspect of my life (school, sports, girls, and music).
In high school a buddy of mine, Matteo, helped me record my first song (I Go) at his home studio. From there, my brother Ray introduced me to Littles, who was fond of the song I made. He was instrumental in my music development as he provided early experience in recording, performing, marketing, writing and releasing my first project titled “Fly Boy Flashy” which featured Bay Area artists like The Jacka, Rydah J Klyde, Mac Mall, The Federation, and Jimmy Roses. While making music was clearly fun, it initiated future musical projects and bonds which established RPxSB.
Rodrigo and I connected from mutual friends in the city and while in college we collaborated on a project that was never released titled “The Cutty Online Mixtape”. We made everything on our MacBooks which fueled our later projects, “TMP Vol 1” and “Dos”. Drew AKA Beatbonixx, who’s one of our producers/childhood friend, provided our first original beats which is why we’re taking him with us. I learned that if you want success in any form you have to stay consistent, motivated, hungry, and think long term, in other words Stay-Bizzy!
True products of their experiences and backgrounds, Roddy Picante and Stay-Bizzy bridge the gap between wavy, weed fueled cloud rap and 90’s inspired party music. They represent the rarest of San Francisco’s pre-gentrification era, the blue collar people who grew up and still live here. A time where hyphy music dominated high school dances. They still kick it with the friends and family they came up with and everyone believes in the cause. It’s the side of San Francisco that’s seldomly shown. Life’s a party, with all it’s highs and lows included.