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Dimitri Leslie Roger (born July 13, 1992),[1] known professionally as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor.[2] On June 9, 2017, Rich the Kid announced that he had signed to Interscope Records.[3] His debut album The World Is Yours was released on March 30, 2018.

Rich the Kid
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Rich the Kid in 2016
Background information
Birth name Dimitri Leslie Roger
Born (1992-07-13) July 13, 1992 (age 26)
Queens, New York, U.S
Origin

Atlanta, Georgia

Queens, New York, U.S
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website richforevermusic.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Dimitri Leslie Roger was born in Queens on July 13, 1992.[4] He is of Haitian descent and grew up speaking Haitian Creole fluently.[5][6] After his parents' divorce, Roger moved with his mother to Woodstock, Georgia, a suburb 30 minutes north of Atlanta, when he was 13.[6][7]

Roger said he grew up listening to Nas, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. & 50 Cent, but after moving to Woodstock, he started listening to T.I. & Young Jeezy.[6] His first rap name was Black Boy The Kid,[4] but later changed it to Rich the Kid. He attended Elmont Memorial Junior – Senior High School in Elmont, New York.[8]

CareerEdit

In 2013, he released his debut solo mixtape, Been About the Benjamins,[1] and later that year released a collaborative mixtape series with Migos called Streets On Lock (volume 1 and 2), with volume 3 being released in 2014.[1] His 2nd solo mixtape titled Feels Good 2 Be Rich was released in August 2014, and featured artists Young Thug, Rockie Fresh, Kirko Bangz, Yo Gotti & RiFF RaFF.[9] In November 2014, Roger released the single "On My Way" featuring GS9 artists, Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel.[10]

Roger's first release in 2015 was a collaborative mixtape titled Still On Lock with Migos.[11] In August 2015, he released Flexxin on Purpose. The 14-track project featured collaborations with Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Young Dolph, 2 Chainz and Peewee Longway.[12] Roger and iLoveMakonnen released Whip It, featuring 8 tracks on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015, with guest spots from Rome Fortune, Migos, T-Wayne and Key!.[13][14] The next month Dabbin' Fever was released on Christmas Eve 2015, with features from Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Kodak Black and Migos.[15] He released his Trap Talk mixtape in April 2016, which features Kodak Black, PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla Sign, Migos, and 21 Savage.[16] In May 2017, he collaborated as a featured artist on the Diplo song "Bankroll.", which also features Rich Brian and Young Thug.[17][18][19][20]

On June 9, 2017, Roger announced that he had signed to Interscope Records.[21] In an interview with XXL, Rich the Kid talked about his decision on signing with Interscope:[3]

I was talking to different labels, Columbia, RCA, Epic, I decided not to sign with Epic even after L.A. Reid offered me a crazy deal. [Senior Vice President of A&R at Interscope] Manny Smith & Interscope CEO John Janick understand me and my vision for myself and also my label. Interscope gave me the opportunity to take over the game completely and that's what I'm going to do.

Roger released the single "New Freezer" featuring Kendrick Lamar on September 26, 2017.[22] The song was certified Platinum on March 27, 2018 by the RIAA.[23] His debut album, The World Is Yours, was released on March 30, 2018 and features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Swae Lee, Quavo, Offset, Trippie Redd, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Future, Jay Critch and Chris Brown[24] with its second single, "Plug Walk" peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Personal lifeEdit

Roger currently lives in Los Angeles. He also is an avid skateboarder.[25]

Roger was married to Antonette Willis and has two children with her. In March 2018, Willis filed for divorce, seeking full physical custody whilst giving Roger visitation rights and joint legal custody. Willis is also seeking spousal support.[26] This was shortly after Willis accused Roger of cheating on Willis with model Blac Chyna and singer India Love, even alleging that Roger was in a relationship with the former.[27] Willis later claimed that Roger abused her and forced her to have abortions regularly, saying it was commonplace for police to be called to their residence for domestic abuse.[25][28][29]

Roger began dating Tori Hughes (professionally known as DJ Tori Brixx) shortly following the filing of the divorce. On June 15, 2018, Roger was hospitalized following a home invasion at Hughes' home.[30] According to a police report, several men entered Hughes' home carrying firearms and demanded money. When Roger attempted to confront them, he was beaten and the men left with a "significant" amount of money and jewelry.[31]

FeudEdit

Lil Uzi Vert and Roger's feud started on Twitter following a highly publicized label issue Lil Uzi Vert had with DJ Drama's Generation Now imprint in January 2018.[32] Roger tweeted at Lil Uzi Vert, offering him a position in Roger's imprint Rich Forever Music, in which Uzi replied "Boy I'm not signing for 20racks"[33][34][35] A month later on February 9, 2018, Roger said that he and Lil Uzi Vert had "personal issues"[36] and on February 26, 2018, Uzi Vert provoked Roger by claiming he looked like a crab[37] in which Roger replied by saying that Lil Uzi Vert was "tryna look like me."[38] The following day, Roger previewed a diss track directed at Lil Uzi Vert titled "Dead Friends" with production from DJ Mustard.[39][40]

On March 26, 2018, Roger formally released "Dead Friends",[41][42] following the release of "Dead Friends", Roger said he thought Uzi Vert wouldn't respond.[43] Uzi later responded on his soundcloud with "Rich Forever Leaked" over the Chief Keef "Where" instrumental to which Roger responded to by saying "Fuck that nigga."[44]

DiscographyEdit

Rich Forever MusicEdit

Rich Forever Music
Parent company Universal
Founded 2013
Founder Rich the Kid
Status Active
Distributor(s)
Country of origin United States
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Official website richforevermusic.com

In March 2016, Rich The Kid started his own record label called Rich Forever Music.[45][46] The label's first artist signed up was Chicago based Famous Dex.[47] He also signed his first producer to Rich Forever Music, The Lab Cook[48] Rich The Kid signed his second artist J $tash. The record label's first release was a 15-track compilation titled Rich Forever Music, and featured Offset, Skippa Da Flippa, Lil Yachty and OG Maco. Shortly after the release, J $tash has parted ways with the label.

In June 2016, Rich the Kid signed a deal to have 300 Entertainment become a parent company for Rich Forever Music.[49] Rich Forever Music released their second project Rich Forever 2 in July: a collaborative mixtape between Rich the Kid and Famous Dex, with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Yachty, Young Thug, Jaden Smith and Playboi Carti. In November, Rich the Kid signed Brooklyn rapper Jay Critch to his label.[50]

On March 17, 2017, the label released their third compilation mixtape The Rich Forever Way. The label released their fourth compilation Rich Forever 3 on June 16, 2017.[51]

In May 2018, Famous Dex stated he had left Rich Forever Music, and is an independent artist,[52]

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