As an early pillar of Atlanta's groundbreaking trap scene, Rich the Kid moved from collaborations with Migos, Young Thug, and others to starting his own label just a few years later. With a style very much in line with the dark, highly pressurized flows of other icons of Atlanta hip-hop, he released a nonstop string of mixtapes and singles. In 2017, he signed to Interscope Records, which released debut studio album The World Is Yours the next year.
Born Dimitri Roger in New York City, he moved to Atlanta as a teenager and got his start performing as "Black Boy the Kid" before changing his moniker. Influenced in equal measure by the two cities that shaped him, he owed much of his style to rappers like Nas, Tupac, and Notorious B.I.G., as well as T.I. and Jeezy. After his first mixtape, 2013's Been About the Benjamins, he joined forces with fellow Atlantans Migos. Along with the trio, Rich released a multiyear, three-part mixtape called Streets on Lock (a fourth collaboration, Still on Locks, was issued in 2015). His solo follow-up, Feels Good to Be Rich, arrived in 2014. The collection included multiple collaborations with the likes of Young Thug, Kirko Bangz, Soulja Boy, Riff Raff, French Montana, Kodak Black, and Yo Gotti. As his presence grew on the Atlanta scene, he recorded a single with Fetty Wap, the Zaytoven-produced "Keep It 100," which amassed over two million streams.
In 2016, Rich started his own label, Rich Forever Music, releasing no less than four mixtapes, including a pair of compilations highlighting Rich Forever artists. That summer, he signed a deal with 300 Entertainment and released a single with labelmate Young Thug, "Ran It Up." In early 2017, Rich the Kid signed to Interscope Records, all the while continuing to release mixtapes, including the third in his Rich Forever series alongside Jay Critch and Famous Dex. A slew of singles arrived that year as well, including "Pissed Off" with Delivery Boys, "Cocaina" with Captain Cuts and Daniels, and "New Freezer" with Kendrick Lamar. In 2018, he appeared on the Charlotte Devaney song "Avocado," later issuing his own single, "Plug Walk." The singles appeared on his debut full-length, The World Is Yours, which arrived in March 2018 and landed at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured appearances from Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Quavo and Offset of Migos. Before the dust settled on his debut, Rich released new music in the form of the "Leave Me" single, which came out just months later. ~ Neil Z. Yeung