Carrying the weight of the world “on your shoulders” is a repeated phrase we’ve all heard. How does one deal with the stress from life’s curve balls? What do we do with this weight when it’s on our shoulders? By principle it’s engrained in us to have some form of release to either tip this weight off or express what it feels like to carry this metaphorical collection of issues.
Following the recent success of their latest “No1” record, “On My Shoulderz” paints Rich Quick‘s trials and tribulations as a recording artist; honing in on the fake hand shakes at live performances and folks forgetting their primary purpose as artists. Rich finds his release through crafting lyrics with such direct, blunt delivery. Many artists will mention writing lyrics as a form of therapy or release, but only some you can actually feel as a listener. Honesty and remaining humble on records is few and far between these days, in a game flooded with boasted egos and gimmicks. Rich stays far from any of that, in and out of the booth. RESPECT. Magazine‘s Dread Solo had the chance to see him perform live multiple times, and he reportedly stands out from the bills line-up. The confidence and energy that’s displayed is something everyone should probably take note of, considering this is one of many important factors in hip-hop.
“I’m looking for a joint that I can bring my speech to life” was delivered in reference to him and (producer) Stankfoot‘s chemistry as a emcee-producer duo. Take note of the production. Rich, over the past few years, has rocked a range of production, but these last few releases have a heavy boom-bap, jazz influence. We know all you stuck-in-the-90’s heads can appreciate that. Stankfoot, also a steady member under Exponent Entertainment, is undeniably one of the better record producers in Philadelphia currently. He’s a true student of this culture, and evidently knows what he’s doing in the studio. There’s no arguing that.
Before we close out, mentioning Rich Quick’s upcoming European tour is only right. As Exponent’s Ccelli Riccelli wraps up the finishing touches they’re prepping to flee the country on a full on, overseas hip-hop excursion. Europe, are you ready?
That’s enough out of us. We’ve attached “No1” (as mentioned above) for your listening pleasure. But be caution- it’s a neck breaker. Peace and love:
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