The Rittz That Almost Never Was – Rittz Reveals His Come Up

Mar 26 2013

If it wasn’t for a meeting with another rapper by the name of Yelawolf, we might not be looking forward to a debut Rittz album that goes by the name of The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant.

As it turns out, the Atlanta-emcee pretty much gave up on music before Yela convinced him to give it another shot, as he reveals in an interview with

I always thought I’m going to be a rapper. Then one day, reality finally started sinking in like, ‘Wow, I might not make it. I’m fucked. What are we going to do with our house? We don’t have any money.’ Now it’s up to me and go work. I was like, ‘Fuck this sh*t!’

So, when I was about to quit rapping, I really started focusing on work. Right then is when, Yelawolf, came along and hooked it up. I think the fact that I got that opportunity, you know, made it a lot easier; because, I was about to break and lose that [motivation to continue]. For a long time though, I did have the backbone to keep driving for years. That was came from knowing that I was talented. Plus, knowing that I didn’t have anything else to fall back on, you know, that was it.

In the interview, Rittz also discusses the new experience of working under a deadline to complete his debut album and much more.

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Rittz - The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant

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