HMZA. x 5iLL release ‘Sketches’ EP, drop ‘Bruh Bruh’ Music Video…

HMZA. dropped off a new project for the month, this time teaming with producer 5iLL for the gritty and lo-fi ‘Sketches’. The EP is brief, coming in at just two tracks, but after the high-energy opener ‘McFreedom’, the duo eases into the chilled out ‘Bruh Bruh Black Sheep’ with guest Chris Keys, who offers co-production and plays bass. They’ve also released a video for the latter, check it out below.

Stream It Here: Spotify | Apple

Follow em: HMZA. @hasta_la_pasta // 5iLL @no_fare


Lyrics written & performed by HMZA. // Music composed by 5iLL and Chris Keys

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by RIDL at Study Music, Oakland, CA.

Cover concept & Layout by HMZA. | Design by RIDL | Photo by CTZN

Executive Produced by H. Alarbesh, W. Foss, A. Riddle

Welcoming Atosa to Study Music Group; ‘The Vapors’ out now…

Welcoming singer/songwriter Atosa to Study Music Group!

Atosa’s debut single for SM is The Vapors (<—click there to preview/save it to your library).

The song showcases her r&b, electro, pop & hip hop influences, with an infectious retro synth groove served over crispy, booming drums from producer RIDL. Expect a few more singles in the coming months, followed by an album later in 2020.

Listen to Atosa: Spotify | Apple Music

Follow Atosa: Instagram | Twitter | TikTok



Written by Atosa.

Composed & Produced by RIDL & Atosa.

Recorded, Mixed & Illustrated by RIDL at Study Music, Oakland, CA.

Mastered by Wes Osborne at Violet Lantern Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.

HMZA. follows limited vinyl run with new single ‘Toys’…

California rapper & vocalist HMZA. is back again with ‘TOYS’, his 3rd single with producer RIDL, following their work together on HMZA.’s debut album ’23’. The track is a love song of sorts, pulling inspiration from indie and prog rock influences, set to laid back hip hop drums and accented with emotive guitars and moody synths, which balance perfectly with HMZA.’s introspective, melancholic lyrics.

Listen on Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp

Spotify, bio & links @

Slow Down with HMZA. & RIDL: New single, 7″ vinyl, shirts and more!


HMZA. and RIDL are back with a hot new single to keep you cruisin’ through the cold months ahead.


“Slow Down” is their smooth new party time disco-funk-hop single. We’ve got it on 7″ vinyl along with some tee’s and more in the shop.

Just added in The SM Shop:

7″ vinylSlow Down b/w RIDL Instrumental Mix, pressed on 7″ black vinyl with full color fold-over style sleeve in clear package.

Slow Down Tee in your choice of 4 colors (sizes XS-2X)

Stickers – 4″ round with HMZA. logo

All Streaming & Merch links here:

Psychotropicoso 12″ LPs, Zip Up Hoodies and Deluxe Bundles are here!

Psychotropicoso is the new LP from California-based world music collective Zamico. New for October we’ve got the album on wax, and bundled along with other merch like zip up hoodies, turntable slipmats and sticker packs (vol. 1).

Vinyl LPs are individually hand made and custom pressed in the US on black 12″ lathe-cut vinyl, with full color front/back sleeve.

Zip-Up Hoodies are standard fit, printed on 8.5 oz. cotton/polyester blend fleece, with jersey-lined hood and split stitch, double needle sewing on all seams. 1×1 ribbing at cuffs & waistband with metal kissing zipper.

DJ Bundle w/ 12″ Vinyl, Slipmats & Stickers give your record player or DJ setup a personalized touch with a pair of Zamico slipmats, featuring two different psychotropicoso designs from Hermano Costa.

Sticker Pack features a pair of designs from the psychotropicoso universe on 3″, full-color, digitally printed white vinyl. Highly durable stickers that will stand the test of time. **These stickers are limited edition, volume 1, in a series of 3.

Psychotropicoso Deluxe Bundle – all inclusive and priced at a discount, featuring 12″ vinyl LP, Zip Up Hoodie, pair of Slipmats and stickers.

PURCHASE 12″ VINYL + Hoodies + Merch Bundles HERE: Study Music Group Shop

About Psychotropicoso…
The album plants its roots in lush Latin American & Brazilian soundscapes, with each track branching out and exploring the connections of regional south american styles like orixas, cumbia, ijexa and afrobeat with other genres like reggae, psych rock, funk & hip hop. The band wrote and recorded the album in Oakland, CA between 2017-2019, with sessions led by singer/songwriter Andrew McKleroy, producer RIDL and a variety of session musicians along with additional vocalists Atosa and Zaire.

Front/back/inner design by Hermano Costa, who establishes a stunning, vibrant visual universe for the group.

Produced, Engineered & Mixed by RIDL. Mastered at Audible Oddities.

Executive Producers W. Foss, A. McKleroy, A. Riddle

PURCHASE 12″ VINYL HERE: Psychotropicoso 12″ VINYL

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New SM Podcast Episodes with DJ Lex & Cooper, Pete Feliciano, Joe Mousepad, ALL Studios…

Listen to S03 E06 – Wax Trippin’ w/ DJ Lex & Cooper on Apple.

The Study Music Podcast is back again and DJ Lex and Cooper from the Wax Trippin’ crew are here for our latest episode. We sat down with the two to talk everything from DJing to touring the world with hip hop legends, the Mixtape/CD era, the intricacies of curating a monthly party and we even get a crazy DMX story. Plus, CTZN talks a bit about the upcoming return of thegoodnews. (his cartoon band with @notpo3 @petecosmos) and RIDL has a new EP that’s just dropped!

Follow Em: @WaxTrippin_Oak @LexLevel @1atc

Follow us: @RIDLmusic @CTZNofficial

The Study Music Podcast covers quality independent music, art & events. Here you’ll find interviews, exclusive artist mixes, production and songwriting discussion, artist tips, tricks & techniques, music industry discussion, new music reviews, recommendations and more!

Recent episodes: Pete Feliciano, Joe Mousepad

Subscribe to the podcast:

Apple Podcasts: Apple

Google: Google

Stitcher: Stitcher

The Study Music Podcast can also be heard on RadioPublic, Breaker, Anchor.FM and PocketCasts.

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RIDL announces new EP, drops single & cover art…

Oakland, CA producer and multi-instrumentalist RIDL is back with a new upcoming EP to be titled “Sphinx of Black Quartz”. This week he’s announced the fist single and cover art.

Listen to “Shaking Hands With Demons”, now playing on your choice of streaming platforms.

bandcamp: Download/Stream @ bandcamp
Apple: Apple Music
Spotify: Spotify
Soundcloud: Soundcloud

IG: @RIDLmusic
Tweets: @ridlmusic

HMZA. & RIDL team for new single ‘The Rise of Lil BIGFOOT’

Oakland rapper HMZA. is back with a new single to supplement his 2019 album 23, and has re-teamed with producer RIDL for the occasion. ‘The Rise of lil BIGFOOT‘ is a funky, upbeat track, with tones of boom bap and indie rock, which finds RIDL picking up the guitar, and HMZA. bringing his signature ‘precision, with no-fucks-given’ style to the lyrics. The single comes backed with RIDL’s instrumental mix for the beat heads.

Digital is now playing on all platforms, 7″ vinyl tba soon.

Listen here:

SM Podcast | Season 3 of the podcast kicks off with Zamico (Part One)

The Study Music Podcast is back again and the California based world music collective & imprint Zamico is here for our latest episode.

We sat down with Richmond, CA songwriter/singer Andrew Mckleroy and RIDL, who produced and engineered their new album ‘psychotropicoso’. Part one is available now on Apple podcasts. Part two will be released shortly.
Listen on Apple.

Listen to psychotropicoso by Zamico at

Socials: @Zamico @AndrewMckleroy @RIDLmusic @CTZNofficial

The SM podcast is brought to you by:

Mountain Lion Delivery – Premium cannabis products, delivered in a flash.
Servicing Oakland & the greater East Bay, CA area.
Committed to bringing the best legal cannabis experience to its consumers and partners through innovative thinking, processes, and ethical practices.
Study Music friends and fam get 15% off their first order – just use the code ‘STUDY’ at – and delivery is always FREE.


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HMZA. releases ’23’ album with production from RIDL, Durazzo, Gelapi…

California rapper and instrumentalist HMZA. (@hmza.official) released a new album Friday May 3 entitled ’23’.

Click here to stream ’23’ on your platform of choice: 23 by HMZA.

For the project, the 24 year old emcee teamed with producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist RIDL (@ridlmusic), as well as composers Durazzo and Gelapi, among others, to fashion a soundscape that’s psychedelic, and even quite experimental at times, when compared with contemporary rap releases. You won’t find nursery rhyme lyrics, misogny, triplet flows or barrages of hi-hats and 808’s on 23. Instead, HMZA. steers the record into less-charted territories, peppering the experience with sounds of soul, synth wave, alternative and indie rock styles, balanced with traditional ‘boom-bap’ style beats.

The nine track collection includes collaborations with vocalist Atosa (on the tracks ‘Eternal Sunshine’ and ‘On My Level’) as well as a handful of California’s freshest emcees including Edgewize, Gyro, as well as SM co-founder Gee., who worked closely with HMZA. on the writing of record, and appears as a guest on 3 tracks. Stay tuned for videos, merch and tour dates.


Follow the official ’23’ playlist on Spotify to stay tuned in with further content from the album including forthcoming remixes, instrumentals, bonus tracks and selections from some of HMZA.’s musical friends and collaborators.

On the web:
IG: @hmza.official

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