Part of the Atlanta trap wave, Rich the Kid emerged in 2013 with his debut mixtape Been About the Benjamins.
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 influences like Nas
, and Notorious B.I.G.
, as well as T.I.
and Jeezy. After his first mixtape, he joined forces with fellow Atlanteans Migos
. Along with the trio, Rich released a multi-year, 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 he continued to release mixtapes, including the third in his Rich Forever series alongside Jay Critch and Famous Dex. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi