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The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant [Explicit]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
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The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is Rittz's Strange Music debut and - as with most Strange Music albums - it impresses. Rittz delivers track after track with a wicked flow that can match that of Tech N9ne and Royce Da 5'9 (what I'm saying is: it's one of the best flows around); not only can he deliver deep, introverted and insightful tracks like the "Intro", "My Interview", and "Misery Loves Company", but he can also lyrically wreck tracks like "For Real" and create smooth anthems like "Switch Lanes". This album is smooth and consistent with great, versatile production and lyrics, along with outstanding features from Tech N9ne, Big K.r.i.t, and fellow Slumerican Yelawolf.

Rittz's story is one of triumph over failure; you can feel the anger and frustration from his past in his music - and that's an accomplishment. Buy this album and support an album and artist that deserves success. The deluxe edition features three extra tracks, which are great and worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Rittz's debut album on Strange Music delivers even more than people were expecting. The intro is a heartfelt prayer straight from Rittz that shows the introspective side of this multidimensionally talented rapper, then the rest of the album follows with lot's a great hooks, intricately styled lyrics and the sound you would only expect from the team over at Strange. Rittz will be a rapper of consequence, if he keeps up this high level of writing, production and story telling through his songs. The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant won't leaving my playlists anytime soon. I predict it to be the soundtrack of my Summer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
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Give Rittz a try and you won't be disappointed. Super fast rhymes and down to earth stories with catchy beats...also check out his White Jesus mixtape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
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Been waitin along time for an album JUST like this..this one up there with the best in my book..instant classic. Being 30 and and a fan of rap has been hard for tha past ten years...yet every trak rittz makes or is on is FIRE!! cd blew my mind and had me yellin MAYYYYNE nonstop on the way to work at 630am...rittz u da s*** and got a bright ass future ahead of ya homie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It's rare that someone this talented, gets their shot to shine...and if anyone deserves it...it's the dude Rittz...He's always brought great production, great lyrics, and one sick flow that I guarantee you won't hear anywhere else...honestly don't think I've heard one bad song from him EVER! (old mixtapes included). He's strange, just like his label, and as we all know Strange continues to put out the best hip-hop there is. This album is perfection. His debut album should truly go down in history, but it may take people awhile to finally catch on, not Rittz' fault...it's just cause their "slow, handicapped, have a hearing aid, or a fanny pack". The rest of the population that knows good hip-hop is right where they should be...reading this review. You can tell a lot of thought, time, and effort went into this album. After listening, I truly felt like I understood Rittz more...which is ultimately what being an artist is all about...expression of self, being able to relate and connect with your audience. Rittz is one of a kind...and unlike many of these "Lenny Kravitz" looking rappers...he's grateful and he isn't trying to be someone he's not. Props Rittz...from one artist to another, respect for what you're doing...the industry NEEDS more people like you brotha! This album will be in my whip on replay for a long time...as was his mixtapes...Good music never gets old and that ladies and gentlemen is the definition of a "true artist".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start out by saying I came into this album without really any expectations whatsoever. I'd heard very little from Rittz but considering he signed with Strange I decided to check it out. Good decision, I was blown away. I can say this album is basically flawless from beginning to end. Now that's not to say every single person is gonna feel Rittz style, but to me this album is perfect. There are no bad songs or even okay songs. Every song is basically outstanding. Rittz has a quick rapping style similar to Tech N9ne, with good lyrics and storytelling, and a really smooth voice when singing the hooks. I would describe the production as southern, somewhat commerical sounding, bass heavy, gangsta,smooth and mellow. It really works. I never thought I would be saying this, but SO FAR this is my favorite album of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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I could listen to this album from start to finish without having to press skip. No complaints. I haven't truly enjoyed rap for the past 5 years or so, and I found Rittz's mainstream debut to be a throwback to the authenticity of urban music. The artist deserves all of the accolades he receives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
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been listening to hip hop for 30 years (that is correct) im 36 and been down since ladi dadi and ll ccol j "radio" and this cd could be best i ever heard. it's virtually imposstible for a cd to have 17+ absolute knock-out bangers. rittz style and delivery along with superb production make this cd a CANT MISS. YOU WILL LOVE THIS CD POINT BLANK!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
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one of the best cds i have bought all year. i like that fast rapping and the people on the cd
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If you appreciate the subtle art of country rap tunes, then you need this album. Rittz, hailing from the northside of Atlanta GA, gives us a glimpse into his soul. He's a "fast" rapper (he aint rapping too fast you listening too slow!) and that may turn some people off but if you can keep up you're in for a treat.

The album starts off slow but as soon as Like I Am comes on you'll realize that this guy is not a fluke. Imagine riding on the highway with the windows rolled down just cruisin. It's about 70 degrees out, maybe a tall glass of ice cold lemonade and a lady by your side. One hand on the steering wheel slightly laid back JUST RIDING.

That's what this album feels like to me. It takes you to a humble and thankful place And that's what Country Rap Tunes are all about. A rapper over some soulful beats spitting meaningful lyrics about real life situations and reflection.

The reason I only gave it a four is because the album is long. At 19 tracks there's bound to be some filler. When he strays from the country rap tunes formula he falters. The first two tracks are delete worthy. F Swag sounds like a mixtape track amd the interlude is completely unnecessary. I didn't like the "bar" track with Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko either it sounds out of place on this album. Last negative but certainly not the least, Mike Posner is hard to listen to. Switch Lanes is a wack track and he ALMOST ruins Always Gone Be with his weak voice on the chorus. Luckily Rittz saved that track with his lyrics and the beat produced by Coop sounds like something the late great PIMP C would have made and it makes the song something worth listening to.

If the album was trimmed to 13 tracks I'd be saying this album was an easy classic and a knockout punch for Atlanta and the south. After all, the album is on my ipod at 13 tracks and I consider it a classic. As is though, with all the album's songs I can't give it that kind of praise. Some songs break up the flow by being out of place or out of his area of expertise. You should still invest in this album though because it's worth it and just because I didn't like a few songs doesn't mean that you won't like it either.

If you listen to artists like Outkast, Big KRIT, UGK, Dirty, KD or 8Ball & MJG then do yourself a favor and get this album. Thank me later.
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