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Atik Boiz Professional Biography
Brothers John Ricot Altidor (“Splizzy”) and Roosselin Altidor (“Roosse”) immigrated to Boston, MA from Haiti when they were just 9 and 7 years old. It was only then that they discovered rap music and devoured jams by their earliest influences, including Mos Def, Erica Badu, Nas and Eminem.
Music wasn’t new to boys brought up singing in Church choirs, but rapping to hip hop beats was a new thrill – one that was looked down upon by their religious father, who brought their rap endeavors to a halt when he caught them writing rhymes on a white board.
Despite odds, a love for rap music never left their hearts, and in 2009 the boys were writing their own rhymes again. Splizzy’s beat boxing and composing skills piqued the interests of aspiring rappers Yves Louis (“BadJack”) and Oscar Price (“Big O”), who would rap to Splizzy’s beats. Their influence fueled Atik Boiz’ inspiration as they honed their own vocal skills, rapping with BadJack and Big O in the brothers’ attic.
Splizzy and Roosse got their first taste of performing on stage when they were asked to stand in together for Big O in a live show with BadJack. During this performance they were bestowed with a group name that stuck, when – unprepared with a name – BadJack introduced the brothers as the “Atik Boiz,” honoring the music lair they all loved.
After discovering that rapping with the energy of a live audience was the best feeling they’d both experienced, Atik Boiz took to creating their own music as a duo to feed their new addiction to performing. They developed their own sound, often singing catchy hooks and combining unique melodies with intricate rap lyrics.
While working on their first demo CD, “Blast Off,” (2011) Atik Boiz were able to practice their craft opening for a number of distinguished artists and groups, including Wu Tang Clan, Keith Murray, M.O.P, Saigon, Jim Jones, French Montana and Joel Ortiz. On Oct. 19, 2011, Atik Boiz headlined their first show at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA.
Their debut mixtape, “Jealous,” is due to drop in late November, 2014. After releasing a music video called “Swear to God,” Splizzy and Roosse now pour their efforts into their latest mixtape, “Studio Savage,” which they plan to release in 2015.
All their music can be found online at soundcloud.com/atikboiz, and video projects at youtube.com/atikboiz. Access dates and show times at reverbnation.com/atikboiz.