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Rich Kidz


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[rich-kidz] - noun - an Atlanta-based musical force of young entrepreneurs achieving success.

It’s been said that the greatest Rap movements start out small, but for Atlanta’s own Rich Kidz, a strong hustle has produced big results. Bred from the same Bankhead streets as T.I., the duo comprised of RK Kaelub and Skateboard Skooly started their movement four years ago in the halls of Frederick Douglass High School. Kaelub, a senior at the time was putting together a crew called the Rich Kidz when he met a young Skateboard Skooly.

As part of a loose-knit group of teens that included a relative of T.I. the group, recorded an introductory track “Wassup” featuring a then freshman Skooly. Later during an opportunity to record at Grand Hustle Studios they recorded a catchy track titled “My Partna Dem”. When the time came to label the masters, Kaelub asked Skooly, “What should I put on the CD? Are you featured or are you with us?” Skooly was all in. “And we formed the alliance like that,” Kaelub recalls.

Rich Kidz built their promotional vehicle around the high schools and the streets of Atlanta. Chopping ringtones of their singles and sending them for free to students and budding fans, the campaign grew so strong that local venues were booking performances – even strip clubs. “Our first show was at the strip club Blue Flame on Christmas night,” says Skooly, who was 14 at the time. They performed their two singles and were rushed out of the venue for being underage. While in the parking lot, they were approached by the club owner who asked that they head over to his other club, Club Crucial for another show. “Why not?” said Kaelub.


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