Ramz (rapper)

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Ramz
Birth nameRamone Rochester
Also known as
  • Ramz
Born (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 24)
Mitcham, London, England
GenresAfroswing[1]
Years active2017–present
LabelsPolydor

Ramone Rochester (born 18 February 1997), known professionally as Ramz, is a British rapper and singer-songwriter from London.[2] He is best known for his hit single "Barking",[3] which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in January 2018.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rochester was born 18 February 1997 in Mitcham, South London. He attended St Mark's Academy, where he was excluded several times in secondary school, and then attended Harris Academy Merton sixth form.[5] Rochester eventually went to study Sports Development at the University of Portsmouth before dropping out the same year to focus on music.[6] He is also an avid supporter of Arsenal F.C.[7]

Career[edit]

Rochester released his first song "I'm On My Grind" in February 2017 to little notice.[8] He further released several other tracks in March 2017[9] and July 2017.[10] Whilst releasing music, Rochester was attempting to find employment after leaving university, eventually finding a job working at supermarket chain Sainsbury's.[6]

In September 2017, Rochester formally released "Barking" alongside a music video.[11] The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 14 December 2017 at number 41, before peaking at number two on 19 January 2018.[4]

In July 2019 Ramz received help after posting the word "suicide" on Instagram.[12]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Two Sides of a Coin
  • Released: 15 June 2018[13]
  • Label: Polydor Records
  • Format: Digital download
Blockbuster

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[4]
UK
R&B
IRE
[15]
AUT
[16]
DEN GER
[17]
POR
[18]
SWE
[19]
SCO SWI
[20]
"Barking" 2017 2 2
[21]
8
[22]
38 25
[23]
4 27 65 16
[24]
54 Blockbuster
"Power"[27] 2018 Non-album single
"Family Tree"[28] 35 17
[29]
Blockbuster
"Movin'"[30]
(with Zion B)
Non-album single
"Hold You Down"[31] 2019 95 Blockbuster
"Sunday"[32] Think Twice About Suicide
"—" denotes single did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Decline" (Remix)[33] 2017 Raye Non-album remix

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Why African and Caribbean sounds are dominating British music right now". Dazed. 26 May 2018. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ Amarudontv (13 December 2017), Ramz - Barking [Interview] The Process | @AmaruDonTV, retrieved 3 January 2018
  3. ^ "Ramz's Barking is this week's Number 1 trending song". Archived from the original on 4 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Ramz | Full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ Amarudontv (26 December 2017), Ramz [Interview] Overcoming Exclusion From Secondary School And Growing Up In South London, retrieved 3 January 2018
  6. ^ a b "#Interview: A sit down with Ramz". THELINKUP.COM. Archived from the original on 22 July 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ "London is red @Arsenal". Twitter.
  8. ^ GRM Daily (26 February 2017), Ramz - I'm On My Grind [Music Video] | GRM Daily, retrieved 3 January 2018
  9. ^ GRM Daily (26 March 2017), Ramz – Throwback [Music Video] | GRM Daily, retrieved 3 January 2018
  10. ^ GRM Daily (5 July 2017), Ramz - Imagine [Music Video] | GRM Daily, archived from the original on 17 July 2017, retrieved 3 January 2018
  11. ^ GRM Daily (17 September 2017), Ramz – Barking [Music Video] | GRM Daily, archived from the original on 19 January 2018, retrieved 3 January 2018
  12. ^ "Ramz 'in the right hands' after 'suicide' tweet". 11 July 2019. Archived from the original on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Two Sides of a Coin - Single by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Blockbuster by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  15. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ramz - austriancharts.at". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "germancharts.de - Discographie Ramz". germancharts.de. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "portuguesecharts.com - Discography Ramz". portuguesecharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Discography Ramz". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ramz - swisscharts.com". www.swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart: 2 March 2018". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 19, 2018". Hitlisten. Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  25. ^ a b "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Ramz" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Power – Single by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  28. ^ "Family Tree – Single by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Movin' – Single by Zion B & Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Hold You Down – Single by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  32. ^ "Sunday – Single by Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  33. ^ "Decline (Remix) – Single by RAYE & Ramz on Apple Music". iTunes. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.