By: Sebastien “@TheGayBestie” Gaudin
In recent years the world of hip-hop has experienced tremendous changes commercially that have resulted in numerous new faces in the craft. At one time it was rare to see one white rapper, but in today’s day and age it’s slowly becoming the norm. Like many genres of music the art form itself intrigues the listener to gravitate towards the artist regardless of race, gender, or background. Publicly it’s no secret that hip-hop isn’t the most welcoming genre, but the way times are changing the segregation is turning to a thing of the past. Tech N9ne’s Strange Music’s very own Rittz is a rising MC who’s engulfed his livelihood into hip-hop and won’t apologize for it on bit.
Growing up in Gwinnett County a suburb of Atlanta in the early 1990’s exposed the young one to Kilo Ali, which changed his entire outlook on music. Slowly he noticed the growth of hip-hop sweeping through the nation pouring out of the west coast thanks to the influence of Snoop and Dre at the time. Many can remember a time when west coast rap was blazing through the country on the television screen that differed from the style of the east coast. In the midst of this transition Rittz was spending time educating himself gradually on the styles of the artist he consumed. Coming from a rock and roll household first dabbling into hip-hop, as a way to rebel eventually became his self-expression.
Once finally reaching a point where he found the courage to try it for himself it was no surprise to his peers that he had some type of skills. Giving himself credit to spearheading the movement in his school days, Rittz eventually knew hip-hop meant something more to him than the average MC. Of course there were those who may have looked at him a tad sideways for attempting to step into ring, but there was no stopping hunger. Until dropping out of high school it became clear to the young MC what direction his next step was towards. Deciding to join a group for eight years that was similar to Outkast he found himself ready for something more. He became hungry for a place where he could be his own type of artist and dish the kind of music he was ready provide to the public.
After years of struggling to break into mainstream hip-hop and seeing artist like Eminiem who raised the bar cause him to grow restless. Rittz states, “He set all us white rappers back.” Then having to experience Bubba Sparxxx who shared a similar style to his own forced him to hone his art and public persona even more. What differs from Rittz from other rising white rappers is his willingness to be a student of hip-hop that allows him to become a chameleon. This only drives him even further to succeed in this ever-changing genre.
Now preparing for the release of his approaching album Next to Nothing on September 9, 2014, Rittz has garnered an impressive fan base through the county. His Twister like flow has already landed him on BET’s Cypher and the attention of other artist like Yelawolf. Only time will show where we’ll see Rittz next. Until then take listen to his latest releases “Turn Down” and “White Rapper”.
About The Writer:
As a New Jersey native it came as no surprise when Sebastien, birthed a knack for l talking and writing. During his college days the young blogger gained experience through international talkers such as The Maury Show and The Mo’nique Show. After years of interning and assisting the aspiring journalist threw caution to the wind and launched The Gay Bestie, LLC.
The lifestyle and culture company provides a different spin on love, sex, relationships, and fashion. #TGB focuses on the 21st Century woman and her loyal companion, other known as the gay bestie. Readers will find discussions that are usually held behind closed doors placed in the forefront to totally meet the needs of all. No, topic is ever off limits.
So ladies brace yourselves because Sebastien is taking you places where you’ll be sure to blush and share a laugh! He’s giving exactly what’s been missing. Grab you’re favorite beverage (i.e. red wine), sit back, and prepare to gab about this with your girlfriends the minute you see them.