Philly Rich is a rap star hailing from Philadelphia. Throughout life, he has seen the good, bad, and the ugly, and has used music to expose his different experiences. Growing up listening to all genres of music he developed a love for writing. Philly wrote poems as a young child and to this day continues to do so. Philly Rich graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with honors in 2007 and obtained his BA in Sociology. While there he was also a college athlete playing football for the Cheyney Wolves. After 30 years living in Philadelphia an opportunity to work with a close circle of friends who had the same passion as he to be involved with music was the deciding factor in his move to Southern Georgia. Now residing in Valdosta, GA he has been exposed to a lot of the music world from Atlanta to Florida. His love and passion for music fills each one of the songs he creates. Fans have enjoyed his personal approach to every track and his closet friends would say his persona on the tracks is his alter ego.Often times describe as a quiet and meek person, Rich turns into a verbal beast when he has a mic in his hand and a beat playing in the background. He is on a mission to be on of hip hop’s greatest lyricist and songwriters.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

PHILLY RICH: I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I moved to Valdosta, GA to link up with my team to support and promote the movement. I’ve been here for just under a year now.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

PHILLY RICH: My musical background started as far back as elementary school. I was on choirs, I’ve written songs for church and played with writing R&B songs back then. I’ve always taken a liking to instrumentals and I used to just listen to those more than the actually songs.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

PHILLY RICH: The songs I write and the music I put out are what you [might call] “necessary for ears and mind.” I feel every day I wait for that big deal or signed period is time being lost to listeners who are waiting to appreciate good music. I’m just doing what I can and need to do in order to reach out to as many listeners as I can.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

PHILLY RICH: My songs are about everything; everyday living. I keep all my songs personal; either I am writing about personal experiences that directly influenced me or situations that have directly influenced someone else. By doing that I am able to stay relatable to not just a particular audience but all audiences.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

PHILLY RICH: My direction is geared towards fans who appreciate real hip hop, that vintage hip hop where substance was never a question. I reach out to everyone from bar hoppers to the home bodies, from the people out there working hard to get by to those who have made it.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

PHILLY RICH: My musical influences would have to be Nas, Notorious BIG and Jay Z. I grew up in that era of hip hop and I guess you could say it branded me deep. My songwriting for my music has always been inspired by my passion to write poetry. I just take poems and rap them.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

PHILLY RICH: If I had to describe my music to people I would say it’s genuine. Everything I talk about in my music is everything you would want to know about who Philly Rich is when he’s away from the mic. I’m passionate and personal every day of my life. So when you hear my music it points you inside my head.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

PHILLY RICH: I would have to say my biggest separation is that I keep my content on a conscious level. I want people to think when they hear my songs. I don’t like making tracks where you listen to it the first time and say “O that song is dope. Play the next one.” I like when I make a song and someone takes the whole track back because of one or two bars that were said at that very moment.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

PHILLY RICH: I’m currently working on another mixtape called Verse-atility: The Mixtape, slated to drop this summer. It will be the second one released this year. Also while working on that I’ve been working on my official first album. So I’m always in the booth recording either for a big project or just to put another song on the internet for people to enjoy.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

PHILLY RICH: There’s really only one career goal for me. I want to be in a position where I’m able to inspire people. I’ve worked hard to get a college degree in Sociology to be able to influence the youth’s life. Now I’m thinking on such a larger scale where I use my music to reach out and do what I always wanted to accomplish. 10 years from now I plan on being behind the scenes. My songwriting skills are pretty decent and that’s where I want to finally be when it comes to music.


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

PHILLY RICH: My music can be found on datpiff (#LivinTheDream & Realistic Falsehoods), ReverbNation (Philly Rich), Facebook by the same name as well as SoundCloud. I can be contacted via Facebook, my email (phillyrichgmp@gmail.com), Twitter (PhillyRich_GMP) and even Instagram (PHILLYRICHGMP). Basically if you’re on a social network I’m always available.











  1. Been listening to Philly Rich for a minute and everything he puts out is better than the last. This new mixtape gonna have to be dope to be better than Realistic Falsehood.

  2. Philly Rich? Definitely got my attention. I like what I read. Hip hop is slacking and if you say you can stay true to those roots I’m a fan. Keep it up bro.

  3. I came across a quote that said “In order to succeed your desire for success should be greater than your fear of people and your fear of failure.” I thought of Philly Rich!!! Your one determined guy. Your heart is really in it and there is meaning. I mean your work speaks for itself. I cant wait to see what else you got in your hat. Your not that bad looking either.

  4. Philly I been rockn with you since Realistic Falsehoods. Your skill and talent is undeniable but what I dig most is your passion. You stay true to your art whether one or 100,000 are listening!

  5. I’ve heard about u through people. Ur fire and this article just shows how passionate and serious u are about what u do. Keep at it homey. 100 support

  6. My boyee, my partner in ryhme, I am very proud of you. I am confident that
    your lyrics will be heard by masses. Keep doing your thing, and I do not care what it looks like, DONT GIVE UP. You know Im right here by your side. Cant wait to get in the booth wit cha,


  7. Just got put on to Philly Rich a couple months ago. Now his music is always on repeat. I can tell this dude has the drive and love for music just by listening to his tracks. Def worth checking out.

  8. Finally getting the press you need bro. You do nice work and your work ethic is unbelievable. Always gone be a fan

  9. Nice q&a. Got a chance to hear your music before reading this. Your intelligence is definitely noticeable in your lyrics and this article. Keep up the good work

  10. Ok I see you Rich! Good job buddy. You better not let this go to your head lol. Keep working and your success will be limitless.

  11. From college to the industry. You’ve worked harder than anyone I know when you have a passion to accomplish a dream. Almost there friend. Before you know it you’ll be on the red carpet. And I better get a ticket!

  12. You’re such a humble person. When I hear you do your music I get a sense of all you passion, pain, happiness and anything else you feel. You remind me of a Lupe Fiasco and Bad. I love your music. Can’t wait to hear you on the radio

  13. I love the music homie, it ain’t all about the flashy radio stuff. People still pay money for the quality of music you’re putting out…..I got “life” from realistic falsehoods on repeat right now…..let’s get it!

  14. Very good read. I can’t wait to hear somethings from you. I love that you’re trying to reach our youth they need it so much today. Keep up the good work.