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RICH BOY - Bigger than the Mayor

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Coming from the city of Mobile, in Alabama, Rich Boy started making some noise in 2006 with "Throw Some D's", a single about his new Cadillac – a luxury car he had undoubtedly bought with dirty money. To keep the momentum, Maurice Richards – his real name – contributed the following years to the mixtapes of more notorious rappers like Ludacris, or beginners like a certain Drake. And also, he released a first album, which would become a moderate success. What needs to be retained from his discography, though, is a mixtape he would record in 2008, to herald a second opus, Break the Pot, he would finally release much later, in 2013.

RICH BOY - Bigger Than the Mayor

Self-released :: 2008 :: download this mixtape :: buy this mixtape

Bigger than the Mayor was typical of its times. It was entirely dedicated to celebrating Rich Boy's existence as a drug dealer. It was about riding dirty, wasting his money in the flashiest ways, and paying a tribute to strippers. And he knew whom to solicit to complete such a project. He chose the right men or women, like Yo Gotti, Shawty Lo, Trae, Jacki-O, and the essential Gucci Mane. The latter featured on three tracks of this project, no less, including the excellent "Ms Pacman", which looked like a track from one of his own mixtapes – oh wait, it was actually one of them – due to a beat quite typical of his partner in crime Zaytoven.

The most noticeable fact with Bigger than the Mayor, considering that mixtapes and albums were still different things at this time, was its consistency. It had almost no filler. Even the tracks which didn't look like proper songs, were quite solid, like the closing one, where Rich Boy paid tributes to all rap scenes in the US – and more particularly those in the Deep South. Built around a sample of Guwop's "Freaky Girl", the first real track, "Wrist out the Window", was no less than a banger. The thugs hook on "Chevy a Monsta", an anthem to drug dealing, was devastatingly good. His reportage about criminal life on "Out the Hood", along with Yo Gotti and a young All-Star – the future Starlito – was worth Jeezy at his best.

Rich Boy only disappointed when he turned mainstream, like with "Haters Wish", or "Ghetto Queen", the expected R&B tracks, supported by Lloyd's voice. But the rest was rock solid. Later on, the CD rerelease of this mixtape would confirm its real nature: it might have been the best project ever, from the Alabama rapper.

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