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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (PhillyRich_GMP) and even Instagram (PHILLYRICHGMP). Basically if you’re on a social network I’m always available.
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