Southside Chicago rapper Filthy Rich presents “All I Want”, the new Paris Beuller-produced single from Reservoir Dog, Rich’s forthcoming album also featuring production from Hearontrackz, C-Sick, Ill Brown and Snapbackondatrack. Reservoir Dogs will be Filthy’s first album since he overcame end stage renal failure, which he was diagnosed with just before he released his 2013 album White Devil (DatPiff). 2015 saw the release of the music video for “Easter Sunday” (Youtube). Other releases include (DatPiff), The G.W.O.P. Chronicles (Spotify), Trappy Holidays and Tricks Or Beats. Filthy describes his new single as a song “where we really dig into all the things we want from our success. It’s about obtaining that upper echelon level lifestyle. In short, its about winning.”
What do you think surprises listeners the most about you?
Probably that I’m white for starters lbs. But, I really try to paint a picture with my rhymes so every now and then I’ll spit a bar that’ll really open up the listener’s eyes and I think that catches em.
How’s the situation in Chicago in 2016 after a couple of years of being in the news?
That’s the crazy thing about it. It’s been this way. People act like all this violence is brand new. Our highest murder rates were actually in the 90s, and we had crazy years goin back to the 60s and 70s. So I guess, you just get numb to it, you know? Like, I really don’t feel no kinda way about it. I just accept it for what it is. You know when you step outside what’s goin on, and you try to move as cautious as possible, and you stay on your toes, and you hope it don’t touch you and yours. That’s all you can do. Now, that’s not to say I agree with it, but no matter how you feel, it’s still crackin out there regardless.
How did your near death experience change your life?
I got to a point when I was sick that I had to put the music down. It was right as I completed and was beginning to push White Devil. Once I got healthy again, I jumped right back on it started going harder than ever, cuz it made me realize how short life can be. It changed my whole perspective about time, as far as appreciating it, and not wasting it. I kept tellin god like “I can’t go now. I still got work to do!”
How do you feel about the direction hiphop is going in?
I’m not as down on it as some people. I’m not gonna get into particular styles or sounds. That’s always changing and evolving. But, there’s a lack of competitiveness that bothers me. When I was new to this shit I was taught that rap was a full contact sport. You went hard, you aimed high, and you pulled no punches. Now a days everybody wanna be cool, everybody wanna be liked. Man, where’s that fire at? Where’s that hunger to be great? I don’t feel like a lot of these artists are pushing themselves to evolve and improve. That’s why a lot of em end up being fads, burning out, and end up forgotten. You gotta give em credit for reaching the heights, but there’s no longevity in that. And then some of these muhfuckaz are just straight lazy, and are actually getting worse, which as an artist, I can hardly even grasp. How you put time into a craft and get worse? Lol. There’s still some artist with that real MC spirit though. Shout to them for keeping hip hop’s soul alive.
What song of yours do you recommend people listen to first and why?
It’s hard to pick one record out of my catalog like that. Since I been working on Reservoir Dog, I’ll work within the frame of that project. I would say my record Dream. It’s a lyrically deep record that touches on a lot of things I was going through at a very hard time in my life. The record also extends in a lot of social political topics as well. It’s a very personal, passionate record that I’m very proud of. I guess it’s a really accurate indicator of me, as an artist cuz I pride myself on being personal in my music and Dream really has that in spades.