Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston, a young Uptown kid from Kingston, Jamaica started his music career at just 16 years old. He established his independent label Head Concussion Records and began producing. An ear for platinum hit making sounds, Rvssian’s success knows no border or genre lines. His catalog has surpassed over four billion streams across platforms with multiple of those becoming certified platinum hits. He has successfully pioneered the dancehall and latin music spaces and is now looking to take over the mainstream worlds of pop, hip hop and rap. Now at home at his new label, Rich Immigrants (a joint venture with Interscope Records) Rvssian puts on his executive hat to help break artists who live in the Caribbean diaspora towards mainstream popularity. Shenseea, Jamaica’s reigning princess of Dancehall, is the first artist signed to the label and she is joined by Kosa and Big Bvng (childhood friends from Belize). Rvssian also continues to experiment with his own music releasing one-off singles that continues to place him in the cultural zeitgeist of music and on the charts.
Rvssian was exposed to music early, his father, Jamaican producer and distributor Michael 'Micron' Johnston, the founder of Micron Music Limited. "My father played guitar and the piano. He allowed me to use his equipment until I saved and bought my own." Rvssian met Vybz Kartel early on his career and began producing for top acts such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man and more. A couple of years developing his sound and relationships, Rvssian hit his stride with Vybz Kartel on “Life Sweet” — exploding Rvssian and Head Concussion into popularity.
A string of further dancehall hits had Rvssian experimenting with this artistry and found himself wanting to lay his own vocals to music. The result was a hit in "Straight Jeans and Fitted" (a collaboration with Vybz Kartel, a huge import for the Jamaican artist ) that stamped Rvssian as a mainstay in the dancehall genre. This was then followed by another experiment - veering out of dancehall and into latin music, Rvssian won again with "Passion Whine" (featuring Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko) a single which went on to be certified 4X Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Rvssian was 24 years old at the time.
Having now asserted his prowess in the latin space, Rvssian dived in and started working with other Latin artists like J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and more. Rvssian would strike “platinum” again with Farruko in “Krippy Kush” featuring then newcomer Bad Bunny. A game changing hit, “Krippy Kush” was certified platinum (16X) and went on to receive a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott. Taking notice of his ability to create such hits, mainstream artists such as Post Malone, Juicewrld, French Montana and more were fast calling on Rvssian for music. Rvsssian’s collaboration list continues to grow including Cardi B, Young Thug, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Lil Baby, Tyga, Carlos Santana and more.