You may have already heard his song “Bloodsport” playing at cafes or in some shows, but did you know that Raleigh Ritchie is also Grey Worm from Game of Thrones? Yeah, he just became 20x more cooler.
His real name is Jacob Anderson but goes by his Raleigh Ritchie, a mixture of the forenames of his favourite two characters from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. When I first heard “Bloodsport”, I was first drawn in by his voice. He doesn’t really rap or sing but does a bit of both, sometimes at the same time and it’s really cool. His music is a combination of everything really. A bit of hip hop, rap – more like spoken word than rap to be honest – alternative, pop, electronic, r&b, and soul. The second thing that piqued my interest was his lyrics.
“Although you love me, sometimes we’re mean
Things can get ugly, but we’re still a team
We are an army, that breaks from within
But that’s why we’re stronger, and that’s how we’ll win.” – Bloodsport
Don’t get me wrong, I love music and understand that sometimes artist have better beats than they do lyrics which is perfectly fine, but there’s just something about the ones who know how to tell a story that have a special place in my heart, and he is one of them. Raleigh has amazing songs in which he tells you about all his fears while spinning them into catchy tunes. He talks about his fears of growing up, the struggle of transitioning into adulthood along with the influences of drinking, smoking, partying and friends and how he loves being young and sort of reckless but is completely over it at the same time which describes most of us in our early adulthood.