Published Aug 08, 2012Toronto, ON native Rich Kidd has been on his "shiiiiiit" for what seems like ages now. The "shiiiiiit" in question is an inexorable grind for making music, either as a beatmaker or on the mic. Now in its sixth iteration, the We On Some Rich Kidd Shiiiiiit mixtape series has been something of a regular mid-summer expectation, a welcome hip-hop release that typically delivers the musical goods. This year's version is a veritable who's who of who's hot or upcoming in the scene for the moment ― vets like Saukrates and Kardi hold court with the likes of Zaki Ibrahim, JD ERA and Pac Div. The series serves as a curated compilation of Rich Kidd-produced, written or starring tracks and this year's edition is no exception. Many of the tracks we've heard before ("No Handouts," featuring JD ERA, "Everything," featuring Zaki), but having 21 tracks (including intro/outro) all in one place demonstrates the level Kidd is working at. There's unmistakable drive, passion and craftsmanship in Kidd's music ― this latest mixtape functions as a platform for Kidd to warm-up the crowd before hitting with a full-length salvo of some sort.
Read an interview with Rich Kidd here. (Independent)