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Rich Boy
Rich Boy

richboy.jpgHip-hop has seen its fair share of one-hit wonders. Aiming to not become one himself is Rich Boy, who authored the infectious ode to diamond rims “Throw Some D’s.” Initially getting his feet wet slangin’ tracks to Roy Jones back in 2003, the Alabama native began recording rhymes of his own. A chance encounter later that year with producer Polow Da Don led to a recording contract with Interscope. Looking to outshine his highly remixed lead single, Rich goes for broke on his self-titled debut LP.

The rap rookie cashes in on “Get to Poppin,” where his syrupy flow oozes all over producer Brian Kidd’s Bollywood-inspired vocal samples. The hollow snare–riddled “Hustla Balla Gangsta Mack” finds Rich detailing his days as a d-boy, before teaming up with David Banner and newcomer Attitude on “Role Models” to further explain why he shouldn’t be raising your kids. But it’s the raucous “Boy Looka Here” that reveals Rich’s driving force. Backed by Polow’s triumphant horn stabs, the ’Bama boy spits, “See, I talk slow, and I rhyme funny/But I ain’t thinkin’ ’bout nothin’ but the big money.”

It’s just when Rich steps outside of his swagger-driven comfort zone that problems arise. Over Lil Jon’s monotonous synths on “What It Do,” he fails miserably at establishing any sort of lyrical consistency, and his uninspired rhymes about a typical club night come off sounding trite. While the surprisingly thoughtful subject matter of the anthemic “Lost Girls” is a step in the right direction, Aqua’s subpar reggae-infused beat slaughters the positive message.

Luckily, the rising trap star regains his footing with solid records like “The Madness” and “Ghetto Rich.” On the latter, he passionately spits, “Bullet holes in ya house make it hard to sleep/You see the fiends on the street/They want the hard for cheap.” Sprinkled with a few more moments of clarity, Rich Boy has enough hits to make it worthy of throwin’ some cheese on it. —PAUL CANTOR

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  • crack

    this deserves a much worse score. that album was terrible.

    • Bank

      Yall gotta understand…This man produced a classic album that described the life of most young black men….From begining to end…Look at his song the madness….It starts off with a slave master telling blacks to pick cotton and then richboy comes in with “i’m in that phantom……Do you know what that means yall…that means he made it past the slave ish and is in a Luxury vehicle….The album follows a young dope dealer to the point of repentence on “lets get this paper”…truley an underated classsic…

  • Atl’s own

    THis album should of got at least a XL it got more heat than most of the other shit i’ve purchased that y’all reviewed

  • xxxxl

    yo…xl my ass. this guy’s rhymes may have heat…only if u understand him. kinda hard to…he had good producing from polow…but boy looka here and get buck sound too alike with the horns. he shudnt have released dat track as his second single…its okay tho still.

  • womanwitmoney

    this cd was garbage glad i aint waste my money. XXL yall be on point with the reviews. Oh that buck cd was too cold.

  • John Cochran

    His flow is terrible, but I liked a few of the beats. Thats about all you can expect these days.

  • John Cochran

    His flow is terrible, but I liked a few of the beats. Thats about all you can expect these days.

  • dipset

    Why didnt this review talk about not only the hottest song in the whole cd but one of the hottest songs I have heard so far this year… “Lets get the paper”. If you haven’t heard it, hear it!!!

    Ya Dig???

  • Paul

    rich boy, in my opinion, should have recieved a xxl, or if not that, an xl. the beats were all hot, even if the songs and the lyrics were whack. and rich boy is not boring on the lil jon-prodcued “what it do”. i understood him clearly. on the next to last paragraph, he said that the lil jon-produced “what it do” was hard to understand, whack song, non-consistent, etc. apparently, he didn’t understand it, but it’s my fav. joint on there.

    and he said he had “enough hits” and he “bounced back” from whack joints. that alone means it should have gotten a xxl. forget everyone hating on rich boy. he’s a lot more interesting and much, much more intelligent than that mims faggot.

  • Eman

    Yo Atl can you be a little unbias and admit that rich boys cd sucks I do like the song with pastor troy tho

  • Stax On Deck

    XXL y’all really trippin mane! DAMN. Rich Boy got flow mane. Y’all gave Trick Daddy a “L” and now this. XL is what it really deserves.

  • Jmillz

    listen to game, listen to nas, listen to Lupe then listen to rich boy and tell me he doesnt suck.

  • i am from da south

    the tables are going to turn soon, i feel it. and not in ny’s favor. yall hate on ya own (mims) rich boy is aiight but it aint “king” carter2″ or “thug motivation” i dont know maybe da midwest or another state a rize up or somethin and have a run later this year but shit’s gettin redundant in da dirty. i been listenin to old suave house shit and the first 3 outkast cd’s u know….takin it back.

  • Profain

    album is crazy but xxl is holdin back
    young buck should have got xxl
    rich boy should get xl
    they destroy the competition

  • Sun Tzu

    a S is what it really deserves

    save a few hot beats its nothin but garbage

    and replace rich boy with anyone else on those beats and it’ll be just the same…he offers nothing

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike from the wood

    Man he should of got an XL,,,,they totally forgot about the song “Get This Paper”

  • youngceezy

    they totally didn’t mention get this paper ib the review but a L for this cd is about right only five tracks on the whole cd is decent other than that it sucked

  • Cuban Link

    whack CD i caught about 3 words that he spit.Plus he ruined Get This Paper by saying nigga in every sentence/

  • TucTown D

    Cuban is right man. There’s a couple of tracks but then you have to toss it out the window!

  • Noiz

    This album is garbanzo beans… Give the producers an “M” at best… and Rich Boy sounds very broke… 3 to 4 sounds were alllllrrrriiiggghhhttt… dat-about-it…

  • sublicon

    How does this get an L…and Mike Jones get an L. The new MJ album should’ve gotten an S!! There’s somethin faulty about this ratings system.

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    i guess i wont cop it since every1 sayin it garbage

  • traplif3 hustle

    yall just dont get real dboy music we dont want complexity just somethin simple, alot of bass for subwoofers in the trunk,that we can ride to …….. most songs from the south sound like sound track music or somebody’s theme music

  • 8732

    the cd is hot! if you aint from dsa south where its really gutta then shut da fuck up cause your opinion dosent matter!!!!shoulda got an XL

  • thats me

    fuck cop it download it for free shit better yet buy the bootleg from me for half price 4 real i got all the good shit!!!!!!!

  • thats me

    shit cop that album from me for half price i got all the good shit on bootleg !!!!!!

  • kidkron3

    I wont even waste 30 seconds of my life skipping thru this wack busters album!
    Ive got sum mitchy slick to listen to

  • RED EYE

    why are some people say this deserves XL??? i think this rating is generous

  • QC

    this is so fucking lame my nigga it don’t make sence he can’t rap shit he can’t talk im from GA but this nigga a hillbilly he should got an S this not a reginal thing this suck please not more rappers from alabama

  • http://xxl.com YounGuttaAkaBlaqueCzar(longliveDaking)Mw

    WAT EVA DEY SAY IMMMA LISTEN…NIGGA WACK

  • braaaaaa

    i usually dont fuck wit artists who dont make either lyrical or gangsta music but rich boy is pretty good

  • DJQ

    this nigga suck nutz he can’t rap he can’t talk he deserve an s an s stand suck you da reason the south gonna fall of lame ass nigga damn hillbilly

  • BIGNAT

    Cuban Link Says:

    April 3rd, 2007 at 9:57 pm
    whack CD i caught about 3 words that he spit.Plus he ruined Get This Paper by saying nigga in every sentence

    i agree with that and he derserves his l it’s a balance the beats a xl his flow a m so he gets a l. the only reason anyone knows his name is because of the fire beat. from the new hit man in rap and just about any other genre of music polow da don. the best line on throw some d’s came from him. “every freak should have a pitcure of my dick on there wall”

  • Sas

    I agree with the rating given by you guys. As much as I love New York hip hop, I have respect for a select few southern artists. Rappers like Rich Boy are making me wonder if we can expect anything more than the stereotypical southern album, which is shitty lyrics and fast, hypy beats. If the select artists would stop catering to the desire of trendy teenagers who make up the studio audience at MTV’s TRL and BET’s 106 & Park. Artists simply need to return to speaking out about there invironments, their everyday struggles. Not some catchy thirty second hook that gets constantly repeated by every suburban white kid and his mom on their way to soccar practice. Some on, America, we need to get back on track!

  • http://Reviewsandnews.com The real review

    Boi looka here, everybody on here don’t make a bit of sense. I’m goona show XXL how to rate an album. First everybody saying the beats on the album are fire. If this is true than on the musical side you gotta give it XXL or an XL. Polow da don is one of the realest producers out now. His shit is real musical like on some neptunes shit but hard enough for a gutta nigga like rich boy to rip it. So I’ll give the music side an XXL. Now on the lyrical side this will be a debate and it really depends on how u listen to music. Some people like lyrical rappers with meatphores and wordplay, and some people just want to hear music straight up. To me it dosen’t matter as long as you get your point across. What is Rich Boy’s point. He is a hustla that made it rich, now he’s pimpin and what not. Sound the same as everyone else except, he explores the trails and tribulations to being in the dope game. You definitly get a sense of a love/hate factor for the game when listening to this music. XXL totally skipped over the best song on the album “get this paper”. This one songs brings the whole album together. It put all the song about slangin and hangin into a perspective. Now I know there are alot of people out there that can’t understand what rich boy is sayin. But I can and I know most of the people in the south and mid-west can. So my advise to people who can’t understand him go clean the dirt out ya ears cause ain’t no nigga come in the rap game just so one coast can understand him. He wouldn’t be rich boy if u could understand him. The nigga still speakin english so quit thinkin that u know how to speak, This America not England. Don’t nobody know how to talk right over here. But anyways I give the lyrical side an XL just because he get his point across to me and he was ridin the hell outta polow’s beats. So overall it ain’t an XXL, but its a little bit better than an XL.

  • kuku

    this deserves a xl ya dumb shit shits hot

  • kuku

    this deserves a xl ya dumb shit shits hot

  • kidkron3

    rich boy is a wack faggot

  • CECE

    YALL NEED TO STOP HATIN ON RICH BOY HIS CD IS HOT AS HELL AND WETHER YAW LIKE IT OR NOT HE GETTING MONEY REGRALESS AND IF YOU LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF HIS SONGS THEY BE ABOUT REAL LIFE SITUATIONS BUT YAW DONT TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE WORDS YAW JUST CARE ABOUT BEATS HES HOT TO ME

  • TOYA

    fuck this rating he deserve a xxl because this is the best cd i heard this year matter of fact fuck this rateing they dont no what the fuck they talking about

  • E

    this album tha shit

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Somebody at some record label somewhere need to Slap Themselves cuz this kid CANNOT RAP!!!!!

  • BOSA

    dis dude has no flow whatsoeva
    do ya boy a favor and cop the clipse album and listen ta sum reel shit

  • Justincredible

    dis album 2 hot….it shoulda got a xl

  • ISAIAH

    BOY LOOKA HERE I AINT HEARD DA ALBUM BUT FROM HIS SALES WUT A FUKKIN DISAPOINTMENT

  • steven

    yo man i think your music is lame boy you should
    get with some one who will make you a big timer
    and thats all i gots to say

  • MONTGOMERY ALABAMA FINEST

    YALL STOP HATIN ON RICH BOY YALL DON’T UNDERSTAND HIS VOICE BECUZ HE FROM THE SOUTH. LONGS AZZ THE SOUTH LIKE HIS AZZ WE AIN’T CONCERN ABOUT WHAT THE NORTH THINKS 4REAL.WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE NORTH 4REAL.IT AIN’T NO BEEF TO THE NORTH IT’S JUST OUR STYLE HOW WE DO IN ALABAMA WE GET DOWN DOWN HERE I PROMISE U DON’T WANNA GO BACK TO THE NORTH WHEN THE SOUTH GET TO YA AZZ.HE BETTA THAN SOME RAPPERS WHO BIN IN THE GAME FOR A LONG TIME LIKE XIBIT, OBIE TRICE,WU TANG CLAN,ONYX,LAMES.WE GOT JOE COMING FROM ALABAMA BOBBY BROWN COMING FROM ALABAMA ETC.WE SERIOUS DOWN HERE!!!!!!!!!!DON’T JUDGE UNTIL U VISIT THA SOUTH.

  • Hendrick The Lead

    Beats seem to make the album hot cuz his flow is about as good as he was rich when he gave himself that name

  • http://www.myspace.com/lokeydagr8 Lo Key Da Great

    Man, I can see where some people would say negative things bout da album, it may have not been up to hip hop head standards, as far as lyrical content. But im from Mobile and we fucks with dude. He doing his thing. The album was put together well for a debut album. It did deserve an L, and hopefully he will grow as an artist and can get a higher rating on the next one.

  • Duece

    the hardest song was lets get this paper.

  • BIGNAT

    All interscope is concerned with is will this kid outsell his budget. If he does fine, he’ll get another round. If not he’s through. I say M.C’s can not live by image alone.

  • lockdownceo2

    HIS ALBUM FUCK”N SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    FUCK THIS ALBUM AND FUCK RICH BOY (I’ll explain why)

    Firtst of all I never touched this piece of shits album in stores I borrowed it from my cuz. Let’s Get This Paper was aiight but I gave the shit back, but my cuz said keep it and I said fuck no. I sold it to my friend Cody. Haven’t heard from him yet. THE CD SUCKED FUCKIIINN ASS. THROW SOME D’s SUCKS ASS. The whole fuckin time. Riiiich boy sellin……..
    THROW SOME, THROW SOME D’s ON THAT BITCH. IT FUCKIN ANNOYS ME. And even if that song was good. Rich boy, u and mims. I would like to see u guys come up with another bumpin song. PUNK PUSSY

  • Moe

    His rhymes could be better but he doesn’t suck on the level of a Young Joc or the other snap music bitches

  • J Millz

    Yall were right. I listened to all the tracks and this cd aint garbage. This cd gives garbage music a bad rep. This deservs an xs. Rich Boy belongs in the septive tank along with mims, jimjones,mike jones,dumb 4 life, dfb etc.

  • Tay

    I thought rich boy was gon b garbage too but his cd is pretty good compared to what i thought it wuld be. my favorite song on the able is get this paper. if some people dont like it o well that’s their opinion he still gettin his paper regardless and doin what he do best witout yall stoppin him

  • Tracy

    An “L” is overrating this. This LP deserves a “XXS.” Wack beats + wack rhymes = overall garbage.

  • That Dude

    This album deserves a TH for thong. The bitch named himself after a man. And on top of that, the bitch named Rich Boi can’t rap. Holla back!!

  • Clawcheezles

    Rich Boy has talent, but chooses not to use it in the right way. All songs on that cd are about crack selling/hustla balla gangsta mack/throwin d’s….one song on that cd shows he has very good talent…..the song? Lets get this paper. That has to be one of the hardest songs I’ve heard in a while and that talks about something with a perpose. He really trys to reach out to the streets on this one. He needs to write more songs ike that…..more people need to wrte like that…..and show hip hop ISN’T dead!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10307 DC’s Finest

    What?

  • Lathugz62

    Damn this is the second straight fucc up by XXL, I am really thinking people at XXL doesn’t kno real music either……& all those people saying this album deserves XL, or XXL, has to be mentally challenged, or just dicc riding him. Rich Boy SUCCS oh my goodness. 4 a collegiant he sure doesn’t sound a tad bit educated on this & he went 2 tha same school I go to (Tuskegee University)& man where do I start. His lyrics are HORRIBLE

    D-I-P never, cold nigga, hell yeah
    Zone 4, gon’ pull up in the ATL

    Speedbumps in the road start slwoin’ me down
    See them fake niggas actin’ like they know me now

    One dollar, two dollar, three dollar, four
    When I leave the club I take two whores

    XXL calls this decent lyrics, I can piss better stuff then this, his uncontrolable scattered thoughts is one thing, rudimentary lyrics is another, but they way he puts it 2gether is the biggest dissapointment. He sounds like he’s rapping with peanut butter in his mouth. What is decent bout this CD, owe the beats, wow surprise surprise, that’s y hip hop is in the state it is in now cuz good beats will get a CD an “L” when it deseves a -S 2 tha 3rd power……….Unless they hire some new people at XXL, I’m not taking any of there reviews seriously

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    fuck his lyrics niggaz THE ALBUM IZ HOTT NIGGAZ WANNA TAWK BUT YALL AINT GOT THA DEAL SO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!
    But look this album is top 5 of 2007