DJ Richie Rich
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|DJ Richie Rich|
|Also known as||Daddy Rich|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Occupation(s)||DJ, Record producer|
|Years active||1985–1994, 1999|
|Labels||Def Jam Records
DJ Richie Rich (born Richard Lawson in Jamaica), is a former record producer and turntablist who was best known as a member of the New York-based rap trio 3rd Bass. He was also known as Daddy Rich. He was part of The "Supermen" DJ crew which also included other top DJs such as Scratch, Clark Kent, Miz, Supreme, and Alladin. Rich also appeared in the movie "Juice" in the DJ battle scene, and recorded the scratches for the soundtrack. While working with Third Bass, he was one of the first DJs ever to do a DJ trick routine on TV when they appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Lawson did it with MC Serch and Pete Nice in 1987 to form the rap group 3 the Hard Way, which later became 3rd Bass. After releasing two albums in 1989 and 1991, the group split in 1992. Rich and Pete Nice collaborated on their only release together, the 1993 album Dust to Dust, which peaked at #171 on the Billboard 200, #50 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #3 on the Top Heatseekers.
Rich produced the track "I'm Kurious" for Kurious Jorge's 1994 debut, A Constipated Monkey, before leaving the music business. He resurfaced briefly in 1999 on The Madd Rapper's album Tell 'Em Why U Madd, providing scratches for the single "Dot Vs. TMR."
Rich also attended Farmingdale State College in Long Island.
With Pete Nice
- Dust to Dust, 1993
- "I'm Kurious" from the Kurious Jorge album A Constipated Monkey, 1994
- "Dot Vs. TMR" from the The Madd Rapper album Tell 'Em Why U Madd, 1999