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Rich the Kid

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Rich the Kid, Famous Dex Recommended Soundboard 17+

When: Sat., Aug. 27, 6 p.m. 2016
Price: $25
Atlanta rapper Rich the Kid celebrated Independence Day with the release of Rich Forever II, a solo mixtape in name but a collaboration in spirit. Seven of the 11 tracks feature Chicago rapper Famous Dex, who in March became the first artist to sign to Rich the Kid’s label Rich Forever Music and who, frankly, outshines Rich the Kid on his own mixtape. To start off, one of the better tracks is a warmed-over remix of Famous Dex’s sinister underground hit “2 Times,” the new version featuring an unnecessary appearance by Wiz Khalifa. That’s not to underestimate Rich the Kid’s strengths—he’s the straight man in this partnership, his forceful flow giving Dex something sturdy to play off of. But I can’t fault anyone who’s taken by Dex’s slurpy delivery, seesawing flow, and blunt yet illustrative lyricism. It’s very easy to feel like something’s missing when Dex cycles out so Jaden Smith can get some bars in on “Like This.”
— Leor Galil

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