The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant: Rittz's Debut Album on Strange Music
Rittz is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, who has been making waves in the hip hop scene with his fast flow, witty lyrics and personal stories. He signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label in 2012, after years of struggling to get recognition and respect in the industry. His debut album on Strange Music, The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, was released on April 30, 2013, and features guest appearances by Big K.R.I.T., Mike Posner, Suga Free, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Yelawolf.
The album title is a reference to Rittz's alter ego, Jonny Valiant, who represents his confident and charismatic side. The album covers various topics, such as Rittz's upbringing, his relationship with his girlfriend, his addiction to drugs and alcohol, his struggles with fame and success, and his views on the rap game. The album showcases Rittz's versatility as an artist, as he switches from hard-hitting bangers to smooth R&B tracks to introspective ballads. The album also displays Rittz's technical skills as a rapper, as he delivers rapid-fire rhymes with complex wordplay and intricate rhyme schemes.
The album received generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised Rittz's lyricism, storytelling and authenticity. The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 14,000 copies in its first week. The album spawned three singles: \"Switch Lanes\" featuring Mike Posner, \"For Real\" and \"Like I Am\". The album also spawned several music videos, which can be viewed on YouTube or on Strange Music's website.
The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is a solid debut album by Rittz, who proves that he is a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop scene. The album is a testament to Rittz's perseverance and passion for his craft, as well as his ability to connect with his listeners through his honest and relatable lyrics. The album is a must-listen for fans of rap music, especially those who appreciate skillful and original emcees.
The album also received some criticism from some reviewers, who felt that Rittz's flow was too monotonous, his subject matter was too repetitive, and his production was too generic. Some also argued that Rittz did not bring anything new or innovative to the genre, and that he was overshadowed by some of his guest stars. However, these critiques did not seem to affect the album's popularity or impact, as it became one of the best-selling independent rap albums of 2013.
The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is not only a personal statement by Rittz, but also a tribute to his influences and inspirations. The album title is a nod to the 1975 comedy film The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which Rittz watched as a child. The album cover is a homage to the 1985 album King of Rock by Run-DMC, one of Rittz's favorite rap groups. The album also features samples and references from various artists and genres, such as Outkast, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eminem, N.W.A., Scarface, DJ Quik, Too Short, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rick James and more.
The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is a well-rounded and well-executed album by Rittz, who proves that he is more than just a fast rapper. He is a skilled storyteller, a charismatic performer and a passionate artist. He is also a loyal friend, a loving boyfriend and a humble person. He is Jonny Valiant. aa16f39245