Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a global publishing deal with rising producer, songwriter, and recording artist, RIOTUSA. As Ice Spice’s main collaborator, he recently worked with her and Nicki Minaj on their “Princess Diana (Remix),” which landed at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently No. 11 on Rhythm and No. 20 on Urban radio. He also produced the breakout rapper’s RIAA-certified gold single “In Ha Mood,” which is currently No. 1 on Urban radio. Both songs have a combined weekly audience reach of more than 37 million.
Riot has had a career-defining year, landing five Billboard Hot 100 hits for his work with Ice Spice and reigning at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Producer list for multiple weeks. He produced Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World” with Aqua for the upcoming Barbie movie – set to be released on June 23 with an accompanying music video. In addition, he teamed up with Ice Spice and Taylor Swift to co-write the duo’s “Karma” remix, earning Ice Spice the biggest streaming debut for a female rapper in global Spotify history, and contributed to PinkPantheress’ “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2,” ft. Ice Spice, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the highest charting single for either artist at the time.
On signing with WCM, Riot shared: “Warner Chappell showed me respect and made me excited to build. Ryan [Press] values my vision and goals as a creative, and I know what he’s brought to the table for other artists. I want to inspire others to chase their dreams, and Warner Chappell will help me achieve those goals.”
Ryan Press, President, North America at Warner Chappell Music, said: “Riot has quickly become one of the most exciting and in-demand producers to emerge from New York’s legendary hip-hop scene. He’s creating hit after hit with Ice Spice, and we’re super lucky to get to support him at this stage of his journey. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of hip-hop’s biggest music producers during the early stages of their careers, and I know Riot is well on his way to being one of the best producers of his generation.”
James Rosemond Jr, CEO/founder, Mastermind Artists / Manager to RIOTUSA & Ice Spice, added: “Riot has now shown he’s a proven hit-maker through his frequent collaboration with one of the buzziest artists in the hip hop scene, Ice Spice. After he scored multiple Billboard Hot 100 entries and radio hits, we knew it was the right time to find a publishing admin partner to support Riot’s works in syncs, licensing, and collection. Ryan Press understood Riot’s goals, vision, and worth, and this next chapter with Ryan and the global Warner Chappell team, as part of our extended family, is only going to amplify Riot’s reach and raise his efforts to another level in this competitive space. I’m excited about what’s next for Riot.”
A New York City native, Riot started his musical journey at a young age and was influenced by his father, Hot 97’s DJ Enuff. Since 2021, he’s played a key role in Ice Spice’s rise to fame. In addition to producing her early releases, he executive produced her EP, Like..?, including the standout singles “Gangsta Boo” with Lil Tjay – her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Munch (Feelin’ U),” and “In Ha Mood.” He’s also collaborated with artists like Sheck Wes, Fivio Foreign, and more.