started fuckin’ with me on this music level, he was about to start doing his promo tour for two months for his Victory album, which is in stores now. We went to every city, kissed every baby, shook every hand. We touched the hood, we touched everythang. I learned so much. Coming out of Overtown in Miami, we don’t see stuff like that every day.
We the Best’s new artist Rich Kidd is known for his hustle around South Florida. He got his start selling mixtapes in the streets before catching the attention of DJ Khaled, who recently signed him. Since then he’s taken his talents from local Miami venues to stages nationwide in preparation for his upcoming debut. What’s your history in the game? How did you get a name for yourself? I’ve been grindin’ a long time. I started out hustlin’ in front of strip clubs, puttin’ out mixtapes. Word traveled throughout the city that this kid was hot, and people started checkin’ for me. I used to sell my mixtapes and make money from people that personally liked the music. It was crazy, it inspired me to work more and get better at it. At first it was just a hustle, and I loved what I was doing, then I got better. How did you link up with Khaled? Khaled discovered me a long time ago. I’ve been down with him a long time, and Khaled’s the type of person who isn’t gonna touch something until it’s ready. I’m like a young Khaled. I’m a hustler, ain’t nobody gave me nothin’ and I don’t expect nothin’ from nobody. I always wanted to work with Khaled so I feel good about the situation. It was God sent. My song “What’s Up” was getting big airplay on 99 Jamz locally. Khaled used to always see me at the station pushin’ my records while he was pushin’ his. He liked my grind and wanted to help my situation, so we had a meeting. Now it’s We the Best. When did you start pushing that song and make it official with We the Best? I started back in January of this year. And we made it official about a couple months ago, in like February. So you’re traveling a lot now? The road is so much fun, and it’s so much work. Since I’ve been fuckin’ with Khaled, we’ve been all across the world. It’s crazy ‘cause when he first
Obviously it was a different world. All we know is the cops, the hoes, the robbers, the hustlers – it’s like two different cultures – the way we live and make money. I learned a lot. I met up with Ross in New York, we came up together, and he congratulated me. He said, “I’m happy to see Khaled fuckin’ with you ‘cause you work so hard.” But yeah, I went everywhere, DC, New York, LA, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, we touched the world in about 2 months. Have you collaborated with anybody yet? I’ve got a record coming with a young dude outta Miami by the name of Iceberg. He’s on my “Y’all Niggas Know What’s Up” record. I got another record coming with Rick Ross called “Watch Me Do My Thang Hoe.” My official single is called “I’m All Dat” and it’s real big right now. I just dropped it about 5 days ago and it’s already at about 50,000 downloads. I feel good about the music game right now. What about projects? Are you working on an album to go with the singles? I got a street album coming out Memorial Day Weekend. It’s called We Don’t See Em ‘cause that’s my saying. The definition is “we don’t see nobody.” Do you have a show line up or event schedule for Memorial Day Weekend? Yeah, we got a couple clubs. Khaled’s gonna be doing the Best of the Best. My brother Ross is on that show, Rich Kidd, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, shouts to all the other artists. It’s like a reggae event and all the Bahamians and Trinidadians and everybody comes out to do a big show. That’s the big show, and we’re gonna be at Club Mansion, and some other clubs. It’s gonna be crazy. Anything else you want to say? I’m the newest sensation of the South. I’m gonna be one of the hottest rappers you ever heard in your lifespan. It don’t get no bigger. No disrespect to any other artist in the game, but I feel like I possess a certain talent that wasn’t given to everybody. You can check me out on Twitter.com/RichKiddMiami Myspace. com/RichKiddRunMiami. Shout out to all the We the Best artists, family, and staff. OZONE MAG // B-33
Memorial Day 2010 special edition