If you frequent some of Chicago’s hip-hop clubs or listen to the radio, then chances are you’ve probably heard the infectious hood anthem from the newest rap star out of the “Dirty South”…
I’m talking about none other than “Throw Some D’s” from Zone 4/Interscope Records recording artist, Rich Boy, straight out of Mobile, Alabama.
“D’s”, if you didn’t already know, are the abbreviated term for Dayton tire rims which Rich Boy likes to sport on his recently purchased Cadillac while “all dem haters wanna jack” (him for his rims that is)
After several delayed flights and lost luggage, Rich Boy and his crew touched down in the Chi and made their way over to the Shadow Bar about 1AM after having to skip an impromptu meet’n’greet appearance at D’Vine (1950 W. North Avenue). The crowd inside the Shadow Bar was ready to “Throw” (not sure if was ‘D’s) after having to wait several hours for the man of the hour. In the meantime and in-between time, their hip-hop appetites were whet by the hardcore sounds of some of Chicago’s local artists such as the much buzzed about Vi and Hot 2 Def who were the opening acts.
Shortly after his arrival, Rich Boy made his way to the tiny stage with his two hype men and kicked it off exactly like his self-titled debut. The fellas and ladies were hypnotized alike as Rich went right into the gangsta intro, “The Madness”. Next, the boy with the extreme Southern drawl, kept that “Dirty South” flavor going with the marching band anthem, “Boy Looka Here”. The party didn’t stop as he told all the “balers” “Let’s Get This Paper”. As the show went on, Rich Boy began to remove the layers of clothes until he was shirtless, showing off his tattooed torso garnering a few “oohs and ahhs” from the ladies. He rewarded a number of them by pulling them up on the stage with him as he began to play DJ going into a few current radio hits from other artists including DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out”.
As the clock was ticking down, Rich Boy sent Shadow Bar into a frenzy as the crowd recognized the DeBarge written, “I Call Your Name” sample begin to play. We all knew what was coming now. Rich gave the crowd what they were waiting for as the opening bars to “Throw Some D’s” began to play. Everyone in the club held their hands high and sang every word along with Rich Boy (myself included) as he went into the chorus.
Rich ripped the stage in half until the lights came on and everybody seemed satisfied that they were able to see a good show.
Afterwards, I hopped in the limo with Rich and his crew and Donski and we headed over to Club 720 (720 N. Wells) to cap off the night, people watch, and groove to the sounds of DJ Timbuk2. A great night was had by all.