It was at the tender age of seven that Raw first realized that he had musical capabilities. During this time he watched as his sister and her friends formed a rap group and he immediately began imitating them to soon find that he had lyrical talent. Raw matured as the years progressed, as did his musical talent, and in 1997 at 17 years of age he signed his first contract with Stars of Tomorrow. Raw’s personal choice for the direction of his music career clashed with that of Stars of Tomorrow and they decided to part ways. Raw used this experience and his ever growing talents to jump start his musical career. He began doing shows all over his Tri-State area and caught the attention of Landspeed Records who gave him a distribution deal in 2001. While on Landspeed, Raw released his overseas hit ‘America’ but was unfortunately unable to release a whole album because of a devastating fire that destroyed all of his music.
Raw immediately began to re-establish himself as well as his music, and in 2002 he became an official member of the Philadelphia underground group Lost Children of Babylon (LCOB). They went on to release 3 independent albums that were later re-released on Baby Grande Records who gave the albums worldwide distribution. While remaining an active member of LCOB, Raw began his solo career. In 2004, through a mutual friend Raw met Mike J Music and together they formed Headlinerz Ent--. Using Headlinerz as his foundation, Raw reinvented, renewed, and improved himself as an artist. Since 2004, he has released countless mixtapes and the album ‘My City’, all adding to his artistic creditability.
As a poet, MC, producer, and songwriter, one cannot deny Richard Raw the comprehensive title ‘artist’.