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A dope project from an Oakland rapper who never gets mentioned much. It's pretty consistent front to back, just a smooth voice rapping or storytelling over minimalistic funky production that's typical for 1990, about street conscious or political issues, or just about his city in general. The stories (Rodney the Geek, The Mic Is Mine, Female F.E.D., and 5 MCs) are cool, and the track with Lady Ace is pretty good too. The only less than positive thing I'd have to say about this project is that the cowbells on the Female F.E.D. beat get old pretty quick. But I'd say that the title track, Free At Last, Side Show, The Picnic, and 5 MCs would be my favorite songs on here; if you're a fan of Richie Rich, or Bay Area music during the late 80s to early 90s but aren't too big on all the bass check this out.
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backin99 May 12 2020 3.00 stars
In 1990, Richie Rich also produced a laudable choral effort. His solo debut album is somewhat lower than that in everything, however it's not completely to be discarded. J.E.D. and especially DJ Daryl, here provide a simple and minimal, jazzy production without giving up the funky sound, quite fit with the calm and syncopated delivery of Richie Rich, who performs solid but not too complex lyrics, with a clear and flowing rapping. Note the two guest appearances: Lady Ace, with a braggadocio cut in the sort of eponymous skit and the closure of D-Loc in the final track. Overall, it's a generic album from the early nineties, without peaks or prominent elements, not recommended.
aappiinna Jan 15 2020 3.00 stars
Richie Rich to me was that one guy who was featured on Tupac's albums, but as one would expect, he also had a rather long solo career. This is Richie Rich's first solo album, he had a debut with a group called 415 which has faded into obscurity. What's amazing about Richie Rich is that he sounds exactly the same as he did few years down the line, he has an almost soothing voice and clear pronunciation, it makes for a pleasurable rapping experience. The topics range from conscious to street talk, it's nothing to blow your mind but solid throughout. The production is recognizably from Oakland but not as stereotypic as Too Short for example, lots of bass but more samples than the Short Dog.Rating: 3
diction Jun 17 2007 3.00 stars
Lyrics: 3.25Beats: 3.25Most people only know Richie Rich from his 1996 Def Jam album Seasoned Veteran but he goes back way beyond that. He's one of the Oakland pioneers with his group 415 who dropped a very dope album one year prior to this one. This solo is similar in style but has Richie Rich getting a little political at times with songs like "Media Hype" and "Free at Last". The problem with the album is that the production is nowhere as good as the 41fivin album, it sounds like a regression. All the beats are above average but they don't have that extra something to make an album like this one essential. Richie Rich raps on the same level but since he's alone his style gets a little reduntant with his slow flow. Don't Do It is an ok album but it doesn't hold that well compared to some of his other work.


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