About a decade ago, an unlikely rap star named Rich Boy emerged from Mobile, Alabama. Rich Boy aka Maurice Richards was studying mechanical engineering at Tuskegee University. During freshman year he learned mixing from a friend and soon began writing, producing and recording his own rap songs.
In 2001, a producer named Polow Da Don was visiting a radio station in Mobile. Rich Boy got a demo tape in Polow’s hands. They stayed in touch and 5 years later, produced a hit song called Throw Some D’s (Dayton’s wheel rims).
He sold 300K records. The music video is considered by some to be one of the best hip hop music videos of the 2000s.
But sadly for Rich Boy, his later songs were not as popular and he became a one-hit wonder.
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