Featured Rock the Vote Artist
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Tell us about your first concert experience:
It was that kid's bro Raffi. I remember a part where they turned out all the lights and all we could see was his glow in the dark gloves. Couldn't tell you one thing about the music, but his show-me-ship really had an impact on young Ricky.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
Probably own restaurants or a just be a wannabe musician. Being a wannabe musician would be pretty cool I guess. Hanging out talking about all your concerts and meeting imaginary babes and "shredding" your "axe" with other "cats" after "work".
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Living definitely Snoop dead definitely Michael. I grew up listening to them both and they both influence me in different ways. Michael was a musical genius and Snoop is a swagger genius. I'm just a cool genius.
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
Probably funnel more cash into Planned Parenthood, public transit, and legalize the shit out of gay marriage nationwide. Then I would holler at Richard Branson so I could take his tight space plane thing for a cruise. I would eat pizza 24/7 and command NASA build me a hoverboard (finally).
What social cause is closest to your heart?
Pro-choice and gay marriage are big for me. I am not a woman and I am not gay, but I definitely got crazy love for everybody and want people all over the U.S. and the planet to feel empowered and free.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
The true meaning of equality. There are a lot of ways people are still unequal in this country. Lot of discrimination and junk, racism, xenophobia, etc. But your vote and my vote and his vote and her vote all have the same power. The power to change. That sounded tight how I worded that.
What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
I was a rocker type in high school. I liked a lot of Rage Against the Machine and At The Drive In and stuff like that. But I was also always feeling some freak sh*t like Snoop and Jamiroquai and my mom was steady feeding me everything from Parliament to Yes to Steely Dan to Shuggie Otis. Solid musical upbringing that all factored in to where I am today.
What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
I was the Lieutenant Governor of California. There was a scandal. Are you going to print this?
What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (could be personal or academic)
Same obstacle most high school folks have, learning to truly not give a f*ck about how others perceive you. Whether your grades are good or bad, whether you're popular or not, whether you're an athlete or in the computer club, everybody cares too much about people opinions. If you can learn how to really be yourself in high school, you're set for life. Some people go their whole lives without letting they hair down.
Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
Volunteer with the Special Olympics sometimes. And I got a foundation where people PayPal me money. For stuff.
What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
Less polarized and junk. People hating their fellow bro is not the way to go. Also I think Michelle Obama trying to help kids not be obese is a good look. I want to buy an 80s Ferrari or a Dr. Dre "Ain't Nothin But a G Thang" era 64 Imapala. I also want a gift certificate to Skymall.