Meet Rich Garvey: A Minneapolis-based, Liberian-born emcee who is making his Twin Cities debut as a recording artist, beatsmith, composer and lyricist. Nominated for the “Next Up” category at the 5th annual Twin Cities hip-hop awards, Rich Garvey is rapidly gaining street cred from artists and fans alike. Raised on the influence of reggae, soca, calypso, acid jazz and soul music, he has taken the roots of his African culture to create a dynamic sound that’s original and true. “Music expresses oneself without the input and skewing of an executive. Even when you can’t relate to an artist, you can still recognize that they’re truly genuine, and that’s what I want to be known for.”