|Birth name||Marece Benjamin Richards|
|Born||September 2, 1983|
|Associated acts||Polow da Don, Keri Hilson, B. Smyth|
Marece Benjamin Richards (born September 2, 1983), better known by his stage name Rich Boy, is an American rapper from Mobile, Alabama. He is best known for the hit single "Throw Some D's". His self-titled debut album was released in early 2007.
Richards dropped out of his studies of mechanical engineering at Tuskegee University in order to concentrate on pursuing a rap career. Rich Boy signed a contract with Zone 4 through Interscope Records and started to work on his debut album. In the meantime, he appeared on one of Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace compilations and on a few mixtapes, such as Comeback Season by Canadian rapper Drake and Da Bottom, Vol. 5 by DJ Ideal and Jermaine Dupri.
2006-2007: Self-titled debut album
On March 13, 2007, Rich Boy released his self-titled debut album, with the singles "Throw Some D's," "Boy Looka Here," "Good Things", and "Let's Get This Paper". "Throw Some D's" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. "Boy Looka Here" and "Good Things" both peaked around #50 on the R&B chart.
2009-present: Break the Pot
In 2009 he released a single "Top of the World", which was part of the More Than a Game soundtrack album. Rich Boy's second album originally titled Resurrected in Diamonds was slated for a 2013 release. The intended first single released off the album was "Drop" which had been released in the beginning of early 2009. Another track "She Luvs Me (She Luvs Mi Knot)" featuring Polow da Don was released on June 21, 2010. Both Dr. Dre and Polow da Don are confirmed producers for the album.
On March 18, 2012, Rich Boy released the mixtape Back to Class in promotion of his second studio album, titled Break the Pot. On January 14, 2013, the title track was released as a single in promotion of the album, featuring Hemi. On February 25, 2013, it was announced that Break the Pot would be released on April 9, 2013, and would feature guest appearances from Maino, Mista Raja, Bobby V, Doe B, Playboi Lo and Smash. On March 17, the music video for "Break the Pot" premiered on MTV Jams. Break the Pot was released on April 9, 2013, and included the single "Pimp On", which featured Doe B, Playboi Lo and Smash.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Break the Pot||-||39||27|
|2006||Bring It To The Block
|2008||Bigger Than the Mayor
|Kool-Aid, Kush & Convertibles
|2013||Back to Class
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Throw Some D's"
(featuring Polow da Don)
|"Boy Looka Here"||2007||116||53||—|
(featuring Polow da Don & Keri Hilson)
(featuring Polow da Don)
|"Break the Pot"
|2013||—||—||—||Break the Pot|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.|
Award and Nominations
- 2007: Rookie Of the Year [win]
- Discogs.com - Rich Boy Discography at Discogs
- Kellman, Andy (2007). "Rich Boy: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "Rich Boy: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "New Mixtape: Rich Boy Back To Class". Rap Radar. March 18, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "iTunes - Music - Break the Pot (feat. Hemi) - Single by Rich Boy". Itunes.apple.com. January 14, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "Rich Boy Announces "Break The Pot" Album Release Date". Xclusives Zone. February 25, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "Break The Pot | Rich Boy | Music Video". MTV. March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Rich Boy Album & Song Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2012.