Artists and executives have been paying tribute to music industry lawyer Richard Antwi who died at the end of last week aged just 38. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Antwi (pictured) was an important and respected figure in the UK urban scene and played a significant part in the careers of artists such as Lethal Bizzle, Wretch 32, Melissa Steel and Mr Hudson.
Oxford graduate Antwi founded Full + Bless Management in 2013 and, alongside Radio 1Xtra DJ Twin B, also founded the Levels Entertainment label as a JV with EMI Music Publishing.
Wretch wrote of Richard’s death: “King Richard Antwi…The team has lost its big brother our senior our mentor. Death always surprises us & I’m sitting here tryna smile through the tearsas you’ve brought nothing but joy to my life.
“Richard & Twin gave me and Z our first record deal. You took us off the street. There was never a dull moment in your presence you told me to be the best to be ambitious & since 2011 we’ve sold ambitious numbers. A true leader and a gentleman thank you for being you. Thank you, love you always bro.”
Lethal Bizzle said: “I don’t think I’ve cried in long time. Thank you for everything you done for me, Richard. You believed in me when no one else did. You were a big part in changing my life around. I dunno where I’d be if Statik didn’t introduce us. You’re a very special person. The music industry is forever in your debt, you’ll be truly missed. Thank u Rich. May your soul rest in peace.”
Dumi Oburota, founder of Disturbing London and manager of Tinie Tempah said: “Today is a sad, sad day. One of the brightest, hardest, most articulate, wise, warm and calm leaders of our culture has left us. Richard, you have always – from the jump – been someone I looked up to [and] bounced ideas off. Always the one to call and say well done. Like a big brother. There are not many people like you in this world and that’s why you are truly going to be missed. My sincere condolences to you and your family. You made us PROUD brother. May your soul rest in perfect peace.”