That’s right, it’s time for another edition of The Come Up Show Podcast. Every two weeks, we’re dropping a new podcast with one of your favourite hip-hop artists. Last time around, we caught up with Mac Miller. This time, we go one-on-one with the highly talented and always entertaining Rich Kidd.
We begin by talking about Rich Kidd’s latest project, Naturally Born Strangers, before getting into his earliest hip-hop influences. Rich Kidd tells us his first introduction to hip-hop was the Wu-Tang Clan: “when I looked at Wu-Tang, they were like superheroes to me. It was like the Justice League for black people [laughs]. Everybody played their position. Method Man was my favourite, just because of his flows.”
Rich Kidd tells us his earliest Canadian hip-hop influences were Choclair and Saukrates, and later digs into how he owes much of his drive for hip-hop to Junia-T. “Junia had this style where it’s almost like he knew how to set up lines before he’d say them, and I was always amazed by that. I was like, how does this guy do it? So I’d always go home and try to practice freestyling,” he says.
We talk about how Rich Kidd feels many Toronto artists are aiming for outside recognition rather than trying to better their city. “There’s always something to be said [for the] certain guys in the city who get respect, and that’s just the way it is, because they’ve built their foundation here, and anyone who comes to the city, they’re like, ‘yeah, this guy’s big, but this is that guy,'” says Rich Kidd.
Later, he tells us about going to Los Angeles and being at the studio while Kendrick Lamar was recording good kid, m.A.A.d city. He also talks about how Young Guru has been involved in his latest work.
We talk about all that and lots more. Listen below (and read along here).