Atlanta has long been a hotbed for hip-hop talent, consistently gifting us with mega-talented hitmakers who have gone on to become household names. From Outkast and Goodie Mob in the ‘90s, to T.I., Ludacris, Young Jeezy, and Gucci Mane in the 2000s, to Future, Migos, and Young Thug, Atlanta has remained one of the most influential cities in shaping the modern hip-hop landscape, and Rich The Kid is one of the city’s newest talents.
Originally from Queens, New York, Rich, whose real name is Dimitri Leslie Roger, moved to Georgia when he was 13. He began his music career in the Peach State, releasing his debut mixtape Been About The Benjamins in 2013 and frequently collaborating with Migos as both acts gained traction. After years of steadily releasing mixtapes and guest verses, Rich finally got his taste of true stardom in September 2017, with the release of his breakout single “New Freezer” featuring Kendrick Lamar, which spawned the viral “New Freezer Challenge” and served as the lead single for his 2018 debut album The World Is Yours.
But Rich The Kid’s rise to prominence hasn’t come without controversy; there was his beef with Lil Uzi Vert, which was the topic of his record “Dead Friends,” the video for which features Rich burying an Uzi look alike. He’s also faced allegations of domestic abuse from his estranged wife, who claims he physically abused her and forced her to have three abortions while they were together (Rich has not responded formally to these allegations). He was also the victim of a home invasion that left him hospitalized with injuries. 2018 has certainly had its peaks and valleys for the 26-year-old.
Rich The Kid’s rise to the mainstream has been quick, so there are parts of his story you may not know. Here’s how Rich The Kid blew up.