Since his ascension from local underground stardom to national fame in the past couple of years, Toronto’s best-kept secret Rich Kidd is now out in the open. With a landmark year that saw him spread his name all over the world, Rich has been steadily amassing praise from industry greats and music critics for his 360-degree musical vision: as a visionary artist, world-class producer, and electrifying performer. From his very first steps as a producer, Rich Kidd’s name has been synonymous with quality and it didn’t take long for him to get in the studio with the country’s best like Drake, Kardinal Offishall, K-os, Shad, and Saukrates, adding underground classics, commercial hits and award-winning projects to his resume. Letting the music speak for itself, Rich Kidd’s name and signature sound traveled the globe with his compilations We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Vol. 1-7, his beat tapes Kiddstrumentals Vol. 1 & 2 and with collaborative work under his belt with rap greats like Busta Rhymes, Redman, Raekwon, DMX, and Talib Kweli, each time bringing him closer into the radar of rap royalty.
Whether it comes from joy or pain, sampled-based or entirely original, the constant with Rich Kidd’s sound is the attention to bass, giving a certain feel to his music that takes the listener on an emotional ride. Lyrically, his depth of vision and perspective mirrors the production style. A comedian and a realistic, he writes music that is above all human. In the past year, Rich Kidd has cemented his reputation on every front. His collaborative album The Closers with SonReal took him on the road for months, his solo project In My Opinion delivered his biggest singles to date with “Syke” and “I’d Be Lying”, Kiddstrumentals Vol. 2 and We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Vol. 7 cemented his stature as a producer, and Naturally Born Strangers a pioneering project with Toronto clothing line TheLegendsLeague showcased his range. Now with a debut album on the way, anticipation is sky high as there seems to be no limit to what the Kidd can do.
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