Rah Giovanny, born Rashiem Andrews was born in New Bern, NC in 1983 on May 26th. At the age of 6 months, the newly born eMCee was moved to Maryland where his father fostered his own business. In a twisted turn of events, the family had to move to Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after, the family settled in a 3 story brownstone in Bedford Stuyvesant. This is where Rah Giovanny gained his roots in the hip hop culture. His parents were very strict on the type of music he could listen to. " I remember when I was little, my Grandfather gave me an AM radio, this was like way back, 'cause it had a Pound Puppy on it..." He laughs and continues, "... and the only thing i could get on the radio was like, jazz or classical. No Hot 97, no WBLS, no Kiss FM, nothing. So what I would do is listen to the jazz station, sometimes it would play old school R&B, and I went to sleep to classical music."
During his stay in Brooklyn, he went to PS 44 and IS 258. He began listening to hip hop when he was in the 3rd grade, but was introduced to rap legends like, Big Daddy Kane, Dougie Fresh & Rakim by his father. He developed a passion to write, so the young artist would write poems, or he and his little sister would make up silly songs and sing them in the house. At this time he still had yet to get the desire to write rhymes.
Rah Giovanny was transplanted from Brooklyn to Hampton, VA at the age of 13. "The transition was definitely something to get used to... he laughs, ".. and the air sunk. Oh, I hated it. I wanted to be back home so bad, I just stayed to myself, and at that time i still wasn't heavy into wanting to do hip hip myself, yet still and all, I would write everything I felt."
When asked what leaned him towards wanting to rap he said " I think it was mainly, to be honest, listening to Rakim's 18th Letter album. To me is was the best thing ever recorded! And I was already into Nas, TuPac, Biggie, Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep back then.. and Busta, hard! But when I heard that, I said that's what I wanna do. So I would sit and write rhymes with one of my homies Marlon. His brothers were in a group named 'The Teflon Dons' (R.I.P to Quazzi Motto). And we would all listen to beats and just write or freestyle to other peoples tracks, like I was sayin, you know... Mobb Deep, Nas, The Lox, Jay-Z.. etc. A lot of cheifin' goin' on back then.. lol"
His father bought him a keyboard and this is where his interest was peaked in beat making/production. "I would do it so we could have clean beats to rhyme to. I remember one time I even recorded a track over a streets of rage beat from the sega game...lmao!" As the years progressed he got better, and his time behind bars really gave him a chance to master his craft. "I mean, I dont glorify for the jail life, its fucked up dat I even went. Yet, at the same time it's like if i didn't go would I still be doin music? na' Mean?! Shit dat make you think."
Currently Rah Giovanny resides in Charlotte, and still pursues the passion with melodious beats and unique rhyming schemes that are sure to keep him up to par, if not above it ,in an ever growing Hip Hop community. The interweaving of the street life and higher consciousness is impeccable. With songs like 'Da Cornerstone', 'Eyem Onnit', and his mixtape remix of French Montana's "Shot Caller", aptly named "So Official [No Sponsor]", Rah Giovanny certainly doesn't upset. We look forward to hearing more from this up and coming artist in hopes to one day see him live on tour, and at the prominent height he is able to achieve.