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Teariki Tuoro



Teariki Tuoro known by his stage name, “Rick Foreal” is a musician/rapper hailing from South Auckland. Rick has been carving his path in the music industry with his gritty street lyrics, captivating listeners everywhere. In November of last year, Rick released his highly anticipated debut EP, True Colours, which showcases his artistic skills. He has also released a music video for one of the standout tracks, Big Hit. These are available on all major streaming platforms, so be sure to check them out. Rick has since been collaborating with a range of underground musicians and producers for his forthcoming projects. Follow Rick on his socials to stay tuned!


What or who inspired you to start playing and making music?

It all started when I was writing to an instrumental beat called America’s Most Wanted by Tupac Shakur, from there that’s when the creativity of making music came into the picture.


What did you enjoy most about your time at SAE?

I would say everything because the amount of theory and practical I have learned at SAE was meaningful and understandable which helped me as the musician I am today. I’m grateful that SAE has provided so much work experience to show the path where I needed to be in the music industry.


What have the highlights of your career been so far?

At this point, I have released my first EP in 2022 including singles featuring a few rappers I have collaborated with.


Who would be your dream collaborator?

The Game, Dave East, Nas, Benny The Butcher & Hit-Boy.


What are your future career goals?

Working with musicians based on songwriting, especially mixing and mastering tracks.


What advice would you give someone looking to get into a career in music?

Learn at least 1 or 2 instruments, whether a piano or a guitar. This will help you understand more about creating music not just playing it but getting the feel of it.