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Goest Ryder

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Goest Ryder
Goest Ryder May 2018.jpg
Goest Ryder on stage
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Streshenkoff
Born1983 (age 37–38)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Hip Hop
  • Rap
Occupation(s)Recording Artist, emcee
InstrumentsVocals, computers, samplers, drum machine, keyboards, turntables
Years active2013–present
LabelsLafiosa Enterprise
Associated actsMike Stylz, Bigg Will, D. Hood

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Andrew Streshenkoff (born June 17, 1983) is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian musician, songwriter, rapper and emcee who is popularly known by his stage name Goest Ryder, from the word 'ghostwriter'. He was nicknamed the "Goest Ryder'" after numerous competitions against other prison inmates. He records under the Pittsburgh based record label Lafiosa Enterprise,[1] which he co-founded in 2013 with friend and business partner BiGG WiLL,[2] and is best known by his hit song "Dependent on Chemicals". He began to be noticed in late 2013[3] after completion of a two year prison sentence. Among the people he has shared the stage with include Travis Scott, Julcy J,[1] and Project Pat.

He records under the Pittsburgh indie label Lafiosa Enterprise,[1] along with the labels co-founder and fellow recording artist BiGG WiLL.,[2] and he is best known by his hit song "Dependent on Chemicals". He broke into the scene in the late 2013[3] after completion of a two year prison sentence. Goest is too much involved in the underground music scenes as well as having various hit songs lined up.[3] Among the people he has shared the stage with include Travis Scott, Julcy J,[1] and Project Pat.

Family and Personal Life[edit]

The Goest Ryder was born and raised by his single mother, Patricia who was a waitress and a bartender. On 9 August 1998, when Goest was 15, he had his first child. He dropped out of high school in order to find work and provide for his young family.[4] The income he received from the work was insufficient for his family upkeep, making him end up in the streets where he begun selling drugs. Life indeed was very comfortable for Andrew in the streets until he landed into prison.

Life was not easy for the Goest especially being in a family with no father. He spent most of his life in the streets where he got involved in selling drugs, smoking weed and drinking alcohol, which landed him into prison on three different occasions.[5]

Offence Committed
Offences Year(s) Ref.[4]
Smoking Weed and Drinking Alcohol 1995
Possession of an Ounce of Cocaine and Drug Selling Essentials November, 2002
Drugs and Alcohol Consumption 2011-2013


The Goest Ryder realized his music passion in the late eighties. He loved the music of Guns N' Roses and their "rock star" personas. He was introduced to the music of Dr. Dre in 1992 and immediately loved Hip Hop music.

Streshenkoff continued to write music while incarcerated, including the songs "Dependent on Chemicals" (portraying his drug addiction) and "Conflicted" (a message to his children). He participated in numerous rap competitions with other inmates before his release in 2013. His hope while writing the lyrics was that one day he would land a career as a musical ghostwriter.

In 2018 he appeared during the Gathering of The Juggalos 2018, alongsider with Anarchy Bronze, Lowercase J, Konspiracy Kamp,Poet, Stoner Jordan, Razor Edge, Miss Cyanide, Frodo The Ghost, T.H.C., Purple Hearts, Humble Lunatic, Cemetery High, Ronnie Blaze, Tommy Traina, Purple Hearts, Chiiirp, Big Buzz, Novatore, Joey Cough and EL-SD.[6][7][8] In early 2019, he signed a contract with Cleopatra Records and a distribution deal through AWAL/Kobalt.


Song title Year Ref.[3][9]
Conflicted 2013
Living Through Struggle 2013
We Do Our Thing feat. Mike Stylz & D.Hood 2013
Crooked Lullaby 2013
Dependent On Chemicals[10] 2015
Living Through Struggle 2015
Never Change Again 2015
Confessions – Feat. Bigg Will & Mya Lynn 2016
Unfinished Business 2016
I Do This – Feat. D Hood 2016
Goest Storiez 2017
She said 2017
Tell Me Why ft. Casi Joy 2017
Open Road (Lou Lococo tribute) 2017

See Also[edit]

  • Gathering of the Juggalos lineups by year
  • Gathering of The Juggalos


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Goest Ryder seeks to inspire with his own story of resilience".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Emerging Rap Artist "goest Ryder"". 2016-01-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "GOEST RYDER | portfolioentry/goest-ryder | INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT". www.indieentertainmentsummit.com. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Goest Ryder's Profile | Musicpage".
  5. "Danielle Moore Show interview w/ Goest Ryder".
  6. "Line Up for Pendulum Stage at Gathering of the Juggalos Revealed | v5/2018/06/line-up-for-pendulum-stage-at-gathering-of-the-juggalos-revealed | Faygoluvers". www.faygoluvers.net. 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  7. "Goest Ryder to perform Gathering Juggalos | ae/music/2018/07/18/Goest-Ryder-to-perform-Gathering-Juggalos/stories/201806280133 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". www.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  8. "Pendulum Stage Day Lineup | pendulum-stage/433-goest-ryder". Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  9. "Free MP3 | goestryderOfficial/app/6452028673/ | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. "Bands Performing at Yinzfest 2018 | /bands-performing-at-yinzfest-2018/pl.u-e98l149heMeDzk | Apple Music Preview". www.itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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