Even at the tender young age of 8 years old, Eddie “NoEdall” Rivera has been writing his own music in Spanish until his fascination with American rap icons Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur paved the way for his dream of sharing his musical talent with the world.
Born in Puerto Rico, the 25 year old hip hop artist recalls moving to Connecticut with his mother to escape the hardships associated with his father’s drug addiction. Although moving to Meriden gave the two hopes for a better future, financial struggles soon plagued him and his single mother.
As a teenager NoEdall found an outlet through listening to his favorite Spanish artists, Daddy Yankee, Gringo, and Chezina, along with his newfound American rappers and soon began honing his own skills. “I was 15 years old the first time I was in the studio,” recalls NoEdall, and he got his first big break when he opened up for the Lost Boyz’s Mr. Cheeks at Club Impulse when he was 19.
Since that moment, NoEdall started taking his talent and love for hip hop seriously and began managing himself. “It’s hard managing yourself, you have to make calls, harass people, get advice from people in the business, and build relationships with DJ’s.” This go-getter attitude started paying off for the young artist and in a few years he heard his song “Go Get Right” on the radio for the first time.
After working with groups and producers that didn’t share his same artistic vision and who he felt were holding him back, NoEdall has been enjoying working with a talented and ambitious group of artists in RTB (Round Table Bosses) including rappers Scandle, Friz and Jax, singers J Vocals, and the man behind the beats, Cory Gadget.
Although budgeting and promoting are two of the major stumbling blocks of breaking into the industry that plague him and many talented artists from Connecticut, that hasn’t stopped NoEdall from putting on crowd pumping shows with his hit song and Holla Back Video Music Award “Banger of the Year”, “Stop Pause”.
NoEdall isn’t slowing down any time soon and the aspiring artist is releasing a new single “Take You Home” in February, his music is being downloaded heavily on iTunes, and he will be interviewed on CT’s 1# Hip Hop and R B; station Hot 93.7 this Friday, Dec. 3rd. With passionate, determined artists like NoEdall; the sky’s the limit for Connecticut hip hop.