In the heart of Nottingham City you’ll find one of the most diverse Grime artists where not only does his music actively appeal to the underground scene but also reaches out to an intellectual audience.
Wariko’s first musical influences were Reggae and Dancehall. His stepfather was part of a well known UK sound system called V Rocket.
Wariko first took to the stage when he was just 11 years old, for a crowd with over 500+ people at a talent contest in the Marcus Garvey Centre. He went on to win the competition and that was when his passion for music began.
In 2005 Wariko got involved in a local Grime collective called NG Cartel. The crew performed on Dj Cameo’s show on BBC 1xtra, Cameo was so impressed with the team’s talent, versatility and hunger he invited them back to the show for regular sets.
Wariko’s name soon developed a buzz. He started working with well-known grime artist all over the country, recording tracks with DJ Mondie, Shizzle and SLK to name a few. Wariko was featured on DVD’s such as Risky Roadz, Aim High and LBTV.
Wariko’s his first mix CD titled ‘I Ain’t Lyin’ was a great success, selling a thousand plus units from sales up and down the country.
In 2006 Wariko recorded a track with Ms Dynamite and Selah titled ‘Gonna make it thru’. The track was supported by BBC Radio1 and listed as ‘Record of the week’. The trio also supported Missy Elliot at her UK show.
In 2008 Wariko started the LRG (‘Lyrics Rhymes and Grime’). Wariko and LRG performed at numerous events including the converted grime event Sidewinder. They also opened for U.S rap star Papoose at Nottingham’s Rock City. Their tracks were supported by BBC Radio Dj’s Mista Jam, Semtex and Dj Cameo amongst others.
Still in LRG Wariko put out his second solo Mix CD entitled ‘Lost Folders’.
In late 2009 Wariko decided it was time to go solo. He continued to work with two producers from LRG now better known as the BeatGeeks. The team began work on an exciting new project entitled ‘Natural Born Poet’ which is due for release in March 2012.
Wariko then put out his third Mix CD ‘Double Time Poet’ followed by ‘Puddin N Treacle’ which was produced by Grime heavyweight Z Dot and BeatGeeks.
In 2011 Wariko was featured on the legendary DVD ‘Lord of The Mics’. Wariko was up against well-known Grime veteran D power aka Diesle. He also featured in the LOTM All-stars video which is the playlist of Flava TV, Channel AKA and MTV Base. Wariko then released his most popular Mix CD to date, ‘The Overtime Project’. The 20 track free download was hosted by Rinse FM’s SK Vibemaker and received over 1000 + download within 24 hours.
Wariko’s future plans are to capitalise on his previous success in 2011 which turned out to be his self proclaimed best musical year. To do this he is releasing ‘Natural Born Poet’, two further more EPs and another two MIX CDs alongside various visuals to compliment the most successful tracks.
Over Time Project http://www.wariko.co.uk/otp.zip
Double time Poet http://www.wariko.co.uk/dtp.zip
Puddin n Treacle http://www.wariko.co.uk/pnt.zip
[Bio courtesy of Loui Mee Artwork by RJCreative]