Rasquiz Alfred Johnson (born January 27, 1995), better known by his stage name, Raz Fresco, is a Canadian rapper and record producer from Brampton, Ontario. He is a member of the hip hop collective Bakersclub, with whom he has released four mixtapes. Raz is currently working on his next mixtape Pablo/Frescobar.
Life and career
Raz Fresco was born in Toronto, Canada to Jamaican parents Sandra Charlton and William Johnson. He moved to Mississauga, Ontario shortly after his dad was deported and then moved to Brampton, Ontario, where he attended St. Marguerite D’Youville. He is the nephew of reggae artist Earl Zero. When Raz was in the 2nd grade he began to write rap lyrics to beats he would find online. Raz began producing his own beats in the 7th grade.
2010-2011: Laced Up and MCMXCV
After the release of Welcome To The Bakersclub, Raz was flown out to Atlanta, Georgia to sign a management contract with The Commission. Later in 2010, Raz released his second mixtape Laced Up. In June 2011, Raz released his third mixtape MCMXCV which was hosted by Don Cannon. The mixtape was well received generating over 15,000 downloads within the first week.
2012-present: CakeyPocket$, No Hookz, The Popcorn Tape, & Pablo/Frescobar
Shortly after the release of MCMXCV Fresco began CakeyPocket$, his first entirely self-produced project. A consistent visual campaign of 8 videos gained Raz more notoriety on popular hip hop sites and news outlets such as Complex, Noisey, Vibe and XXL. The mixtape was also nominated for Artist Mixtape of The Year at the 2012 Stylus Awards. In the winter of 2012 Raz dropped No Hookz with Bakersclub artist Chill Will. This served as a prelude to their full length collaborative project The Popcorn Tape which was released in January 2013. In the winter of 2013 Raz produced Bishop Nehru’s Mobb Dizzle for the NBA Live 14 soundtrack. Raz’s debut album entitled Pablo Frescobar was released in 2015.
- Welcome To The Bakers Club (2010)
- Laced Up (2010)
- MCMXCV (2011)
- CakeyPocket$ (2012)
- No Hookz (with ChillxWill) (2012)
- The Popcorn Tape (with ChillxWill) (2013)
- The Screwface Tape (2014)
- Pablo Frescobar (2015)
- How U Survive Through Life Everyday (H.U.S.T.L.E.)” (2017)