When I first heard rumor that Raekwon was opening up a Canadaian arm for his Ice H2o label, I immediately dropped a bet that he’d choose Ridgeway Entertainment’s Rich Kidd as the first signee. To my credit there may be a courting story we just don’t know about yet, but in the end I guessed wrong because JD Era got the deal. That said, I still say Rich Kidd is the next artist of the M.O.R. hip-hop breed to blow up out of the city, and the We On Some Rich Kidd Shiiiiit series, now in its fifth volume, is an easy way to peruse why that is. His beats are full and hard hitting with often intriguing sample choices, but his greatest creative advantage is a pretty conservative albeit trusted and true conception of good taste. Rah Digga, Shad, Saukrates, K-os, and Jessica Kaya AGREE.
Listen to the synthy, West Coast reminiscent Rich Kidd beat in “This is C.A.” with words from Those Chosen and a feature from the vibrant Toronto emcee Blake Carrington below. Then download the entire tape after the skip [via].
Download: Rich Kidd – We On Some Rich Kidd Shiiiiit Vol. 5 [Mediafire]