Cap off a great 2013 for Rittz.
On top of having one of the best years that a Strange Music artist has ever had in terms of album sales and exposure, his work is getting the critical reception that it deserves.
The Life And Times of Jonny Valiant turned out to be one of those albums that captured the hearts of critics and fans alike, apparent in its performance on the charts and in the reviews.
HipHopDX finalized their praise of Rittz’s debut with a placement in their list of the Top 25 Albums of 2013.
Rittz forces us to reckon first with his double-time flow, inspired by his hometown’s fast-talking street anchor Big Boi. But in this debut, his flow exists to show why, before his 2012 signing to Strange Music, his dexterity alone wasn’t enough to garner artist-to-watch status. It pushes him to tick off dumb reasons–pale skin, red frizz–as if irritated to repeat himself and inhale deeply before he lists harsher ones, how his peers have cars and credit cards and he doesn’t. It also adds heft to confessions of how rejection made him restless, showing that despite his self-deprecating streak, he’s now refusing no for an answer.
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