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Phatt (Ricardo Burgrust)
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Background information
Birth name Ricardo Burgrust
Also known as Phatt
Born Rotterdam, Netherlands
Genres R&B, Soul, Pop, Hip hop, Dance
Occupation(s) Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts RMXCRW

Phatt is a singer, songwriter, composer and producer from the Netherlands.[1] He generally performs under his stage name Phatt and writes, composes and produces under his real name, Ricardo Burgrust. Phatt has performed and worked with international artists such as Chaka Khan, Candy Dulfer and Rick Ross. Until 2010, Phatt was a member of the RMXCRW, pronounced as RemixCrew. With the RMXCRW, Phatt toured the world and had several hit songs.[2][3]


Phatt grew up in the Netherlands. He started singing in a choir when he was six years old. He was inspired by his cousin, who was a pop star in Portugal. Phatt’s mother is from Portugal, and his father is from Surinam, in South America.

When he was a teenager, Phatt went to a high school that specializes in Music and Dance and he studied Singing at the conservatory of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2010 he is also a teacher at the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Conservatory.[4]

When Phatt was 16 years old, he made his first steps into the music industry. He started as a background vocalist to various chart topping Dutch artists.[5] Phatt has performed with saxophone player Candy Dulfer and American pop icon Chaka Khan. He still shares the stage with Candy Dulfer on her worldwide tour; he is now a "special guest".

From 2005 to 2010 Phatt was a member of the RMXCRW. Their first release was a remix of Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On". The three members of the formation each brought their own musical style: rap, dancehall and soul / R&B. As the singer of the RMXCRW, Phatt has shared the stage with Dru Hill, 112 and Jodeci. The group had hits in the Dutch charts and toured around the world, with performances across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. In 2010 the group split up with a farewell concert, also in the Caribbean.[6]

Phatt is currently working on various projects as a solo artist. He still lives in the Netherlands. Phatt recorded the dance track "Looking for Love", which reached number 3 in the Portuguese iTunes download charts and was in the Portugal Singles Top 50.[7]

Phatt recently recorded the song "Dancing" for the soundtrack of the dance film Body Language.[8] This track is released in Portugal on January 14, 2012. Phatt will release his EP #Lovely EP in the spring of 2012.[needs update] Phatt was the opening act for R&B artists Ciara, Joe, Akon and Ne-Yo. He also writes and produces songs for Dutch artists and is a leading vocalist in the Dutch hiphop scene.

Phatt is also expanding his career towards the USA. He has worked with Omega, a singer from Atlanta, on an official remix of the song "Make Love to this Music" by American rapper Rick Ross.[9]



Title Artist Credited Position in charts Album Released by
Als je slaapt Glennis Grace Ricardo Burgrust – Piano #9 - in the Netherlands[10]
Girl – B Side Single Anouk Ricardo Burgrust – Backing Vocals
Ping! Fouradi Ricardo Burgrust – Songwriter #20 in the Netherlands[11]
Een Date Damaru Ricardo Burgrust – Songwriter Tuintje in mijn hart Top Notch
Zo Zit Het Niet Damaru Ricardo Burgrust – Songwriter Tuintje in mijn hart Top Notch
Deze Wereld is van jou Gers Pardoel ft. Phatt Ricardo Burgrust – co-production, songwriter, vocals Deze Wereld Is Van Jou Top Notch
20:30 Gers Pardoel ft. Guus Meeuwis Ricardo Burgrust – co-production Deze Wereld Is Van Jou Top Notch
Wat ik zie Kempi ft. Phatt Ricardo Burgrust – Songwriting and vocals Het testament van Zanian Adamus Top Notch
Ouder Monsif Ricardo Burgrust – co production, songwriting and backing vocals Voor Jou Zonamo Entertainment
Looking for Love Delivio Reavon & Aaron Gill ft. Phatt Ricardo Burgrust – co production, songwriting and vocals #42 in Portugal[12] Looking for Love Cloud9
Dancing Delivio Reavon & Aaron Gill ft. Phatt Ricardo Burgrust – co production, songwriting and vocals Looking for Love Cloud9


  1. ^ List of songs by Phatt
  2. ^ List of hit songs by RMXCRW
  3. ^ List of songs by the RMXCRW. Retrieved 01-11-2012
  4. ^ Mention of Ricardo Burgrust as a docent at the Amsterdam Conservatory
  5. ^ Article on Anouk singing with Phatt
  6. ^ RMXCRW on Retrieved 01-11-2012
  7. ^ Information on "Looking for Love" in the Portugal Singles Top 50. Retrieved 01-11-2012
  8. ^ FunX on the song Dancing
  9. ^ Article on Phatt's collaboration with Rick Ross and Omega (in Dutch). Retrieved 01-11-2012
  10. ^ Dutch Charts: Als je Slaapt. Retrieved 01-13-2012
  11. ^ Dutch Charts: Ping!
  12. ^ Portuguese Charts: Looking for Love

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