The Real Richie Rich
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|The Real Richie Rich|
Richard Anthony pictured inside at Richworld studios in 2012.
|Birth name||Richard Anthony|
|Also known as||The Real Richie Rich of LA Dream Team, Richie Rich, Rich E. Rich, Dream Team Richie Rich|
June 13, 1964 |
Harlem, New York, United States
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, DJ, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, keyboards, drum machine, sampler|
|Years active||1982 – present|
|Associated acts||LA Dream Team, UTFO, DJ Quik, World Class Wreckin' Cru, DJ Battlecat, Kid Frost, South Central Cartel, O.G. Cell-E-Cell, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, DJ U-Neek, Darryl Strawberry|
|keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, bass, drum machine, turntables,|
Richard "Richie Rich" Anthony (born June 13, 1964, Harlem, New York), is an American actor, hip hop and R&B record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Richworld Entertainment. Richie is mostly known for his works with one of the pioneers of the West Coast scene rap group LA Dream Team. Richie has originated later in Los Angeles, California and has worked on a substantial roster of projects producing recording artists such as Joe Serious, Tina Marie, Kid Frost, O.G. Cell-E-Cell, Mellow Man Ace, UTFO, and many more. As a studio owner,he has also produced popular groups like South Central Cartel, Domino, Whodini, Mokensteff, Y?V, Funkdoobiest, WC and the Maad Circle, Club Nouveau, Daddy Freddy, Lucky Luciano and Ray from the Dutch eurodance group 2 Unlimited.
Anthony was born on June 13, 1964, in Harlem, New York and has originated later in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Morningside High School. Richard Anthony lives and breathes music and has an insatiable drive to create. His talent continues to evolve, keeping him in the heart of the music industry as a prolific producer. He mastered his craft while touring and collaborating with the best musicians in the business. Richie is a perfect blend of East Coast and West Coast sound having been born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. He came of age during the height of the hip hop revolution and continues to draw inspiration from a broad range of musical styles, laying down distinctive tracks for talented artists around the world. As a talented musician and producer able to play the drums, bass, and keyboard, he has been instrumental in projects such as "The Melody", a single by Herbie Hancock from This Is The Drum, that have achieved gold and platinum status.
With the Rappers Rap Group
Real Richie Rich was the DJ along with DJ Flash for the West Coast pioneering group Rappers Rap Group in the early 1980s, before he was with the LA Dream Team. The Rappers Rap Group consisted of King MC, Macker Moe, MC Fosty, Lovin C and DJ Flash. Their first release was "Rappers Rapp Theme" in 1982. One year later the group name changed to Dark Star and they signed to AVI Records and released the EP "Sexy Baby". Under the group name Dark Star the album was released outside United States, overseas only.
With the L.A. Dream Team
Richard Anthony began his musical career as a member of LA Dream Team, pioneers in the West Coast Hip Hop scene. In 1986, Richie has produced the hit song "Nursery Rhymes" with the L.A. Dream Team and it was released under MCA records. The group contributed hits such as "The Dream Team is in the House", "Nursery Rhymes" and "Rock Berry Jam" to legacy of Old-school hip hop. When "The Dream Team is in the House" was released in 1985, it was an instant worldwide hit. The success of the album catapulted the group to the top and "The Real Richie Rich" began touring the country with the group, performing in sold out venues and stadiums. The "LA Dream Team" made a West Coast history for being the only group from Los Angeles to tour with The Fat Boys, UTFO, Full Force, Force MD's, Kurtis Blow, Whodini, and Run DMC.
With the World Class Wreckin' Cru
Shortly after members Dr. Dre and DJ Yella left the World Class Wreckin Cru group in 1986 to begin careers for the upcoming Gangsta rap group N.W.A in 1987, Grandmaster Lonzo hooked up with Richie and asked if he wanted to tour with them on "Turn Off The Lights In The Fast Lane Album", which it had to blow up in 1988. Lonzo & World Class Wreckin Kru where in need of a DJ, so Richie brought the well-known producer and DJ from Long Beach, DJ Battlecat.
Real Richie Rich Productions
The Real Richie Rich began producing music from the early 80's, starting from 1985–86, when he produced the single and hit song "Nursery Rhymes" from the album Kings of the West Coast as an LA Dream Team member. During the mainstream success in 1986, Richie Rich who was then known under the alias as "Rich E. Rich", he has co-produced and was featured on the song "Apartheid (You Know It's A Crime!!)" along with C.Chris and Rudy Pardee from LA Dream Team. In 1987, Richie has produced the "Chocolate Strawberry", a hit song by Darryl Strawberry featuring UTFO, Whistle and himself Richie. In 1990-1991, Richie helped and contributed to DJ Quik's debut studio album named Quik Is the Name, making the final synthesizer of the single "Tonite". During the year 1990-91, Richie has co-produced Kid Frost's hits "La Raza" and "Ya Estuvo", along with Will Roc and Tony G, plus he has produced the UZI $ BROS's song "Kick That Thang!". In 1993, Richie has produced the entire album of C.O.D.'s "Straight From The Underground", except the tracks 4th and 5th. In 1994, Richie has contributed to Herbie Hancock's "The Melody (On The Deuce By 44)", credited as he programmed the drums and the percussion. During 1996, Richard has produced for multiple artists at that time, including the entire-produced albums of O.G. Cell-E-Cell's "Sucka Free" (in 1994), "It's On And Crackin" from the Bloods & Crips, produced four songs for Teardrop's "Got My Baby" and the last he produced Ghetto Hippie's "Whole World Rockin'" song. A year later, he has produced the hit, single song "4 Yo Ear" of South Central Cartel.
Return to Richworld studios
In 2006, Richie returned to studio recording and he has produced the song "West Coast Camp-Paign" by the Chicano rapper Joe "Big" Serious on his album entitled "King of the West". In 2009, Richie produced his first feature film entitled The Dark Party, featuring Kadeem Hardison, Jon B, Darryl Bell and Marcus Patrick. Two years later, in 2011, Richie began working on a remix along with his longtime friend DJ Battlecat on Ronnie Hudson's "West Coast Poplock" (2020*). The classic track – which features artists including Snoop Dogg, Too Short, E-40, Zapp Troutman, Rappin' 4-Tay, Celly Cel and Ronnie’s younger brother on the talkbox, Funkmaster Ozone. The remix was produced in 2011 but its release in 2014 officially delayed by a studio upgrade and relocation. In the summer of 2013, Richie has contributed additional production on Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's album called "Art of War: WWIII" and produced the songs "Top Notch", "Swagged Out" and "It's a Bone Thug". DubCNN network revealed a leak of an unheard song called "Balling" that features G-Cell (aka O.G. Cell-E-Cell from the well-known Gangsta rap group Bloods & Crips) and Rod Smooth from Houston, Texas, the song was produced in 2007. Also, Richie made Jessica Ellis's R&B song "Love is Blind" in 2013-2014. In 2014, Richie has revealed a leak song entitled "Take Your Clothes Off", that featured Luciano Bassi and was produced by Real Richie Rich and DJ Battlecat.
Relationships and family
Richard Anthony has three sisters, three brothers and one daughter.
- 1986: Kings of the West Coast (With the LA Dream Team)
- 1987: Bad To The Bone (With the LA Dream Team)
- A Simple Promise (2008) (Uncredited)
- The Dark Party (2013)
- The West Coast Pioneers Westcoastpioneers.com 24-05-2014 Retrieved. 24-05-2014
- The Dark Star Group Westcoastpioneers.com 24-05-2014 Retrieved. 24-05-2014
- Lonzo & WCWC - Turn Off The Lights In The Fast Lane Westcoastpioneers.com 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05
- Apartheid! (You Know It's A Crime!!) Discogs.com 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20
- The new LA Dream Team Werner von Wallenrod's Hip-Hop blog. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20
- C.Chris, Rich E. Rich and Rudy Pardee: The Dream Team Gets Serious Werner von Wallenrod's Hip-Hop blog. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20
- Chocolate Strawberry by Darryl Strawberry Westcoastpioneers.com 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-30
- King of the West iTunes.com 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-30
- The Real Richie Rich & DJ Battlecat: West Coast Poplock 2020 (Remix) DubCNN.com 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-30
- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Art of War: WWIII AllMusic.com 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05
- Exclusive: The Real Richie Rich – G-Cell & Rod Smooth “Balling” (Audio) DubCNN.com 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-05
- Love is Blind by Jessica Ellis Askmilton.com 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-16
- Luciano Bassi - "Take Your Clothes Off" (Prod. by Real Richie Rich & DJ Battlecat) SoundCloud.com 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20