Riskie Brent (b. 1968) An artist from Compton, California. Riskie's dedication to his art caught the attention of Death Row CEO and rap mogul, Suge Knight, in 1996, who introduced him to Tupac Shakur. Riskie’s first project for Death Row was the insert for the Tupac’s All Eyez On Me album. Based on the quality of his first assignment, Riskie was commissioned again to complete the album cover for one of the most illest and influential albums in hip-hop; Tupac’s Makaveli: The 7 Day Theory. Tupac informed Riskie of his vision for the album cover. Once Riskie had the idea sealed in his mind, he set out to create one of the most talked about album covers in the history of hip-hop. Though Tupac never received the opportunity to see the outcome of the new album due to his untimely death, he was able to witness Riskie’s finished product for the album cover. Needless to say, he loved it! Other members of Death Row began to embrace Riskie as well.
He did several album covers for the label to include Death Row’s Greatest Hits and Death Row’s Christmas Album, album covers and inserts for Snoop on the Snoop Doggy Dog's Tha Doggfather album, Daz Dillinger’s Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back, and Nate Dogg’s G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 &; 2.
Not limiting himself to airbrushing and album covers, Riskie is versed in painting everything from canvas pictures to murals, customizing articles of clothing, shoes, skatedecks, and the list could go on forever. Riskie works with everyone from the celebrity A-list to the everyday people just trying to survive. He is a father, artist, mentor, visionary and creative giant far beyond his years.
Just a Small introduction to the G-Funk Era, Harlesden High Street, London (2019)
Frieze London, 2023
Riskie Releases NFT Of His Iconic Makaveli Cover Art