Written by: PJ Gordon
“Me saying I’m hood is like me saying I’m Asian.”
Rich Robbins is a guy that’s moved around. After moving from Philly to Oak Park in high school, he picked up the mic and began making music with his friends.
Today, Rich is still making music as a recipient of a four-year full tuition for hip-hop to the University of Wisconsin. Although technically a “Chicago rapper,” he wears his suburban roots proudly like a flag, never trying to bury where he came from or put on an act that’s not him.
That authenticity is paying off as he prepares to drop his debut LP, Nimbus, pairing with Saba and producer CMR for the newest single.
“Play Me” is less of a love song, and more of a relationship song. Rich explains the ups and downs of leaving yourself so vulnerable to another person, as it gets hard at times. Despite this pain, he keeps right on coming back. People are real funny that way. Saba takes an opposite and darker approach to the subject, speaking on his inability to stay around with a girl, no matter how happy he might’ve been with her. The pair nicely capture the experience of being with someone, whether it ends happily ever after, or less favorable. Although this could’ve been another “I love her/I’m a dog” song, Rich and Saba’s subtlety make it a lot more introspective, while sending some of us through our memories. In other words, we’ll be eagerly waiting on Rich’s debut.
Be on the lookout for Nimbus, dropping on us soon.