Moving back to Chicago provided what he needed to reach the next level. The proximity to artists like Chance and Noname, and to family, collaborating with other Chicagoans like Saba, his work as an activist, experience as a Spoken Word educator/coach, & journey through meditative practices, have all led him to a freer mind and soul. This freedom allowed him to look inward as well as out for society's ills and to create free space in his songs for listeners to explore.
His recent triad of singles, “Satellites,” “Retrograde,” and “Good Goodbyes,” transport the audience to planes of the past, present and future. On “Don’t Wanna Die In America,” they inhabit the reality of Black and Brown communities trying to destroy a broken, racist system while it tries to destroy them. In short, Rich’s work critiques the old while envisioning and manifesting the new.