Rittz

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Rittz
Rittz
Rittz in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJonathan McCollum
Born(1980-08-16) August 16, 1980 (age 34)[1]
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
OriginGwinnett County, Georgia
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active1992–present
LabelsStrange Music
Associated actsTech N9ne, Yelawolf, Krizz Kaliko, Mike Posner
Websitestrangemusicinc.net
 
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Rittz
Rittz
Rittz in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJonathan McCollum
Born(1980-08-16) August 16, 1980 (age 34)[1]
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
OriginGwinnett County, Georgia
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active1992–present
LabelsStrange Music
Associated actsTech N9ne, Yelawolf, Krizz Kaliko, Mike Posner
Websitestrangemusicinc.net

Jonathan McCollum (born August 16, 1980), better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia. He is currently signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label. His debut album The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant was released on April 30, 2013.

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Jonathan McCollum was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, on August 16, 1980, and moved with his family to the Atlanta suburbs in Gwinnett County, Georgia, when he was eight years old.[2][3] His parents were intensely interested in rock and roll, ensuring that he and his siblings were exposed to musical instruments and recording studios from a young age.[3]

Around 2003, after numerous disappointments, Rittz's musical career stalled. “I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was ‘bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts…” He was broke, feeling dejected, living with friends, and ready to resign from the rap game. However, in 2009 he was contacted by the rapper Yelawolf, and this led to financial support. “I had some money behind me.” Rittz says, “Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I’m getting older, thinking it’s time to hang it up. This isn’t gonna happen and that’s when Yelawolf put me on ‘Box Chevy.’”[3] Rittz stated in a 2013 interview that he had supported himself by working various "nine to five" jobs, such as in the restaurant industry. Rittz also went on to say that he would commonly tell people he was a rapper, even when he was not active.[2]

2010–11: White Jesus[edit]

Rittz's career breakthrough occurred with the release of Yelawolf's 2010 album track "Box Chevy".[4] Since then, he has frequently collaborated with Yelawolf, and the pair toured together on the 2012 Slumerican Tour.[5] Rittz is also widely known for his 2011 mixtape White Jesus.[6] In 2012 he took his favorite songs from White Jesus and added a few new songs and re-released it as White Jesus: Revival.[7]

2012–13: The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant[edit]

Rittz signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music in 2012.[8] Rittz and Tech N9ne immediately began working together, releasing the popular collaboration remix of Rittz's "Bloody Murdah" shortly after Rittz joined the label.[9] He released his solo debut, The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant on April 30, 2013.[10] On October 15, 2013, Rittz appeared with fellow rappers Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa and Jon Connor in the first cypher at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[11]

2014–present: Next to Nothing[edit]

In April 2014, Rittz announced via Facebook that he would release his next album Next To Nothing on September 9, 2014.[12]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Rittz discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter / Therealrittz: Thanks For The Birthday Wishes". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b Nguyen, Michael (2013-04-30). "Rittz Affirms "Fuck Swag" Stance; Says He Doesn't Believe In Selling Out | Rappers Talk Hip Hop Beef & Old School Hip Hop". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c Company, The (2012-11-29). "Rittz Ponders Why He Isn't Mentioned Amongst Other White Rappers, Explains "Two Atlantas". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Trunk Muzik 0-60 by Yelawolf". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  5. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2012-06-26). "Yelawolf Announces "Slumerican" Tour Dates". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Rittz - White Jesus Hosted by DJ Burn One // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Rittz – White Jesus: Revival (Mixtape)". 2dopeboyz. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  8. ^ "XXcLusive: Tech N9ne's Strange Music Signs Rittz [VIDEO] - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Rittz f. Tech N9ne - "Bloody Murdah [Remix]"". HipHopDX. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant (Deluxe Edition) by Rittz". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  11. ^ "2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher: Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz & Jon Connor". RapRadar. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/RittzMusic/posts/10152378217858256