For the past seventeen years, Ric Scales, an Underground Hip-Hop artist from San Diego, California has made a name for himself in the region's Underground Hip-Hop scene. As an adept battle rapper and ½ of the duo 18 Scales, consisting of himself & emcee/producer Ralph Quasar (aka 18sense). Ric Scales has created a tapestry of sounds, ideas, and philosophies that have set his music apart from anything being created by his peers in the Underground Hip-Hop scene in San Diego. Having garnered a dedicated and growing following over the years, Ric has quickly become one of the most prominent and celebrated figures in the city’s underground scene and beyond. Taking influence from both the old and new school, with varied content and masterful storytelling, through his music Ric has pushed the boundaries both musically and consciously. Having origins in battle rap, he developed an adept skill for freestyling, Ric Scales has gone on to also become the multiple-time champion of No Sucker DJs Battlebot, a monthly Hip-Hop tournament held in San Diego. During our discussion, we were able to talk about Ric’s personal history growing up in various cities and states, his move out to Southern California, and eventual settling in San Diego, as well as his incorporations of socially conscious messaging in his music. During our discussion, we were able to talk about Ric’s personal history growing up in various cities and states, his move out to Southern California, eventually settling in San Diego, as well as his incorporation of socially conscious messaging in his music. With that said we are proud to present to you all our conversation with Ric Scales.