Welcome to the B-Side - a variety show of epic production, you have been granted a glimpse into an underground movement of artists, whose style and dedication to their craft have been forged out of the urban jungle streets of New York City Soul.
From the birthplace of Hip-Hop, Salsa, Freestyle, Breaking, B-Boying, and a long list of other cultural innovations, comes a show like no other. United by subway lines that got them here and fueled by an intense passion and love for music and performance, Robert Rios brings together Amo 1, an emcee straight out of Brooklyn who brings a refreshing reminder of what Hip-Hop is and needs to be; Frost, a B-Boy from El Barrio, who definitely brings the heat to the dance floor; joined by fellow Brooklynites Michelle Castro and Mario Pisano, and combined with Robert's unique blend of Bronx bred Latin R&B, the B-Side of life looks oh so sweet.
Talented Singer Robert Rios headlines his own HIP HOP, LATIN, R&B show with special guests. Born and raised in the Bronx, brought into a family heavily influenced by music, both Latin and American, Rob demonstrated at an early age a gift for performing. Growing up with an over active imagination, often compelling him to entertain himself by creating his own world full of made up songs, stories and characters, the trend continued into his teens, when he was presented with the opportunity to change his life forever... the chance to audition for the acclaimed LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, and Performing Arts, better known as "The Fame School".
It was there that Rob received training in Classical, Jazz, R&B and Contemporary music's graduating in the class of 2000. Continuing that education with a brief 2 1/2 year stay at City College, eventually leading him to start his own entertainment company in the Fall of 2004, Life Soul Musement (LSM) producing top-quality talent showcases for the unsigned community. 2005 marked the beginning of a new era, after linking up with producer R. Blades and joining forces with Bassiks Music Group the two embarked on a musical venture kicking it off with the powerful single "Inner City Struggle", taking from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues", the successful blend of sound led them to complete "The Real R&B" in the Spring of 2005. Taking their show to the open-mic circuit, they've had the privilege of performing at some of NYC's top local music Clubs & Lounges along with the rest of the Bassiks family, consisting of Producer E Deuce & Rapper Joe Shyce; bringing their lyrical arson to such venues as, Remote Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, The Triad, Club Pyramid, Coda, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Shack, and Orchard Beach to name a few. The end of 2006 marked a milestone for Rob, completing his first independent debut solo album "The Awakening" A personal journey into his vast and complex mind and sensual lifestyle.
Hitting the road to promote the album at various NYC underground venues. With hot singles such as "1 Night Stand", an homage to everyone's favorite guilty pleasure; to the final remix of the R&B classic, "Don't Give a Damn"; the quick paced "Sexxy Party", to the softer, more romantic and reserved "I'm Callin" and "Waiting". Currently putting the finishing touches on his sophomore follow-up album, appropriately titled, "The B-Side" Robert continues to hit the circuit previewing the first few singles, including the party anthems "What U Here 4", "Stratosphere" & "Club Banga"; along with the self-explanatory title track ("The B-Side) showcasing the many sides of "the universal B". Maturing in his sound and style, Robert also updates the classic old school Latin Music genres of 60's Boogaloo and 80's Freestyle giving them a fresh approach and bridge into the 21st century, with the songs "Girl u got it" and "Miss Right", respectively. A refined "Jack-of-all-trades" Robert has a broad range of experience in the industry ranging from Singer/Songwriter, to Actor, to Producer, to Engineer, A&R, Back-Up Dancer, Booking Agent, Event Coordinator, Stage Manager, Graphic Designer, Voice- Over Artist and more! Continuing his quest to bring Latin Soul music to the foreground of the R&B world, Robert's mission is clear, to prove that Latino Artists are capable of far more than just a Reggaeton Remix. With his drive and determination, Rob is looking forward to bringing his unique NuYoRican flava to the rest of the world, keeping it Sexy every step of the way!
Amo 1's Bio
COMING STRAIGHT OUT OF CONEY ISLAND BKLYN, AMO1 EMBODIES WHAT A TRUE "BROOKLYNITE" REALLY IS...FROM HIS STYLE, TO HIS SLANG, TO HIS RAW NO HOLDS BARRRED ATTITUDE & LYRICS, AMO1 TAKES YOU BACK TO THAT 1990'S HIP HOP ..WHEN YOU WERE JUDGED ON YOUR LYRICS AND NOT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT....HE DEFINATELY PRIDES HIMSELF ON STAYING TRUE TO THOSE ROOTS OF HIP HOP CULTURE.
WITH 2 ALBUMS SET TO BE RELEASED IN THE FALL OF 08' AMO1 HAS NOTHING BUT STREET BANGERS TO BRAND HIS NAME IN THE GAME WITH ...."2005MH" THE *D.E. ALBUM TO THE DARK EMPIRE E.P; COMES WITH A SOUND THAT IS BEST DESCRIBED AS STRAIGHT "BROOKLYN!"