Rittz

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Rittz
Rittz
Rittz in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Mccollum
Also known asJonny Valiant, White Jesus
Born(1980-08-16) August 16, 1980 (age 33)[1]
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
OriginGwinnett County, Georgia
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active1992–present
LabelsStrange Music
Slumerican Records
Associated actsTech N9ne, Yelawolf, Krizz Kaliko
Websitestrangemusicinc.net
 
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Rittz
Rittz
Rittz in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Mccollum
Also known asJonny Valiant, White Jesus
Born(1980-08-16) August 16, 1980 (age 33)[1]
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
OriginGwinnett County, Georgia
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active1992–present
LabelsStrange Music
Slumerican Records
Associated actsTech N9ne, Yelawolf, Krizz Kaliko
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]

Born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Rittz was raised in a suburban household in Gwinnett County, Georgia.[2] Rittz was born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to music.[3] The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios.[3] The family moved from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old.[3] During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz's career had hit a wall.[3] His career had led to countless disappointments. “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…”[3] He was broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game.[3] It wasn’t until 2009 when he received a call from Yelawolf who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was.[3] “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 with HipHopDX that he came up working various "nine to five" jobs including restaurants during his life.[2] Rittz also went on to say that he commonly told people he was a rapper, even when he was not active.[2]

2010-present: The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant[edit]

Rittz's big breakthrough was on Yelawolf's 2010 album track "Box Chevy".[4] Rittz has gone on to do many collaborations with Yelawolf since, and also toured in 2012 together on the 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] Rittz signed with Strange Music in 2012.[8] Rittz and Tech N9ne immediately started working together and released the popular collaboration remix of Rittz's "Bloody Murdah" shortly after Rittz joined Strange Music.[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]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS R&BUS
Rap
The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant2585

EP's[edit]

List of EP's, with selected information
TitleAlbum details
After Mornin' EP[12]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected information
TitleAlbum details
White Jesus[6]
  • Released: March 8, 2011
  • Label: Slumerican Records[14]
  • Format: Digital download
White Jesus: Revival[15]
  • Released: March 8, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
US R&B
US Rap
"After Mornin'"[16]
2007After Mornin' EP
"Bloody Murdah"[17]
(featuring Tech N9ne)
2012N/A
"Switch Lanes"[18]
(featuring Mike Posner)
2013The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Box Chevy pt. 3"[4]2010YelawolfTrunk Muzik 0-60
"Growin' Up in the Gutter"[19]2011Radioactive
"Far From a Bitch"[20]2012Big Hud, Yelawolf, StruggleThe Long Way Home
"I Ride Dirty"[20]Big Hud
"Out My Face"[21]Yelawolf, Shawty FattHeart of Dixie
"What Is Hip-hop?"[22]MC Lars, KRS-One, MC chrisThe Frosty the Flow Man LP
"King of Tweakers" (Remix)[23]RehabN/A
"Mayday" [24]Krizz Kaliko, ChamillionaireKickin' and Screamin'
"Boom" (Remix)[25]Big Snap, Charlie PN/A
"Wuddup"[26]Worldwide
"I Dont Give a Fuck"[27]Big Hud
"Trippin'"[28]2013Jackie ChainBruce Lean Chronicles 2
"Don't Get Mad"Doe the UnknownN/A
"Drank'n Flow"Playboy TreLiquor Store Mascot 2
"Colorado"[29]Tech N9ne, B.o.B., Ces Cru, Krizz Kaliko, ¡Mayday!, Stevie StoneSomething Else
"The Baptism"[30]Stevie Stone, Tech N9ne2 Birds 1 Stone
"Seen Some Thangs"[31]CaskeyThe Transient Classics
"Bowties"[32]YelawolfBlack Fall
"Ride On"[33]Chris WebbyHomegrown
"Let's Take a Ride"PotluckThe Humboldt Chronicles
"Creature (Also Featuring Twizted)"Liquid AssassinMongrel
"About Me"2014JellyRollThe Biggest Loser
"Me And My Cadillac"BizzareLace Blunts 2
"Respect My Grind"Word One2 Feet And A Heartbeat
"Bad Side (remix)"Twiztid4 The Fam Vol. 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter / Therealrittz: Thanks For The Birthday Wishes". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b c 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 d e f g h 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. ^ a b "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. ^ a b "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://itunes.apple.com/us/album/after-mornin-ep/id294141583.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "After Mornin' EP - buy and listen on Itunes". itunes.apple.com. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  14. ^ "Rittz - White Jesus - Mixtape Listen and Download". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Rittz - White Jesus: Revival Hosted by DJ Burn One // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - After Mornin' EP - Single by Rittz". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bloody Murdah (feat. Tech N9ne) - Single by Rittz". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Switch Lanes (feat. Mike Posner) - Single by Rittz". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Radioactive by Yelawolf". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  20. ^ a b "DJ Burn One & Big Hud - The Long Way Home Hosted by DJ Burn one // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  21. ^ ""Yelawolf Heart Of Dixie Mixtape - produced by M16 & DJ Frank White" Free streaming and download". 2dopeboyz. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  22. ^ "The Frosty the Flow Man LP - Buy and Stream". Itunes. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  23. ^ "King of Tweakers Remix - EP - by Rehab". Itunes. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  24. ^ "Kickin' & Screamin' - info & tracklist". Hiphopdx. 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  25. ^ "iTunes - Music - Boom Remix (feat. Charlie P & Rittz) - Single by Big Snap". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Wuddup (feat. Rittz) - Single by Worldwide". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Dont Give a F**k (feat. Rittz) - Single by Big Hud da Heavyweight". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  28. ^ "Listen: Jackie Chain f/ Rittz "Trippin'"". Complex. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  29. ^ "iTunes - Music - Something Else (All Access Edition) by Tech N9ne". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  30. ^ "2 Birds 1 Stone (Deluxe Edition) [Explicit]: Stevie Stone: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  31. ^ "Caskey - The Transient Classics Hosted by YMCMB // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  32. ^ Tardio, Andres. "Yelawolf, DJ Paul "Black Fall EP" Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream & Download". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  33. ^ Tardio, Andres. "iTunes - Music - Homegrown". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-02.