Rich the Kid first garnered major attention as part of Atlanta’s new guard of rappers whose trap-favoring, codeine-soaked music has leaked beyond regional boundaries, bleeding into mainstream hip-hop as a whole. Though born in Queens, New York, Rich relocated to Woodstock, Georgia as a child and became firmly ensconced in the music and skateboarding scene there.
Eventually, Rich, who had professional skating aspirations, put #skatelife on the back burner to concentrate on music full time. He went on to drop his first mixtape Been About the Benjamins in 2013. The project featured other Atlanta notables including Migos, Rich Homie Quan and Ca$hout.
Since then he’s landed on collaborative tracks with Fetty Wap, Bobby Shmurda, Iamsu!, and many more. Rich’s most current mixtape Trap Talk released yesterday through the quietly influential indie Atlanta label Quality Control and his own label, Rich Forever. The 13-song project sees Rich working more autonomously than previously, though when he does call in back up it’s in the form of solid features from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Famous Dex, who is signed to the rapper’s label, also makes a guest appearance.
Following his New York mixtape release party Rich stopped by for a brief chat with the Highsnobiety crew…
What’s your strangest eating habit?
I have to have Starbursts at every single one of my shows. I make them take out everything but the pink and the red ones though. I don’t like any of the other flavors.
Who’s your style icon?
What’s your guilty TV pleasure?
Hey Arnold! because I still watch it at my age. If I’m at home with my kids I watch it with them.
What’s the scariest thing about fatherhood?
The scariest thing is trying to figure out how to raise kids. Right now they’re really young. They’re my first two kids and they were born barely a year apart. The scariest thing is not knowing how to raise them but still having to do it.
Who is an unexpected musician that you really love?
I listen to a lot of David Bowie which surprises people.
What’s a sport you’re really good at (besides skating)?
I’m really good at basketball.
What were you going to do if music hadn’t worked out?
What’s one thing that really annoys you?
Well since it’s 4/20 I have to say I hate people who try to pass me some stank, bad, ass weed. Don’t do that.
What’s your favorite munchies snack?
What fashion brand are you feeling right now?
How did you learn to skate?
When I was a kid I used to skate with a team. I actually almost went pro but I put it down because I didn’t think you could be a skateboarder and a rapper at the same time.
So who’s your favorite pro-skater?
Lil Wayne even though he isn’t pro because he showed me you can do both. I just skated with him a couple of days ago. We made a fire skate video.
What’s the best skate trick you’ve ever landed?
Probably a 360 flip down like 12 flights of stairs.
Who was your favorite musician growing up?
50 Cent and Kanye, but Kanye is first though.
Where have you always wanted to travel?
Paris because I’ve never been.
- Photographer: Thomas Welch