By all accounts, I should have been writing about Nikki & Rich for quite some time...in turn, and on all subsequent accounts, you should have every right to be angered with me for not doing so. Hopefully, the fire we've got to give out now remedies all prior injustices. On to the music!
As per their official words: "Nikki & Rich are Nikki Leonti, a California-born pastor’s daughter who grew up singing in church, and Rich Velonskis, a Queens, NY-born former DJ and established hip-hop/R&B producer who got his start spinning in New York City clubs as a teenager. These two seemingly opposite characters first met in 2007. Nikki was based in Nashville working as a background singer for Carrie Underwood and Rich was in Los Angeles producing tracks for Eve, Robin Thicke, Mario, and Ludacris, under his moniker Rich Skillz…Rich was looking for a strong vocalist and lyricist to collaborate with and take his tracks to the next level and he found the perfect match in Nikki."
As per my beastly opinion: "OH HELL YES!"
And now for something a little more fleshed out. Nikki & Rich are creating a fresh and fun spin on what I like to call "pop wop"...a splash of doo wop with a pop sensibility that will attract music lovers from all genres. And they're sure to get more notice from the rock crowd, now that the pair have covered Muse's Uprising. Girl's got some pipes, and she's not afraid to use 'em. You can read more on the story behind the decision to re-imagine this song over on Billboard.
Check out the video below, then grab the track after that.