Las Vegas rapper RithMic brings a sense of subdued optimism, jazz, a boom and a bap to his second mixtape Buncha Sundays.
The project is, if nothing else, an ode to clever flows, smooth instrumentation, and melody. The tape sounds like the flits of sun on an early, early morning when the world is still quiet and you feel that twinge of hope brew up inside you. RithMic is able to bottle that feeling and pour it out in different flavors across fourteen tracks. He details the dips and dives of his life with such ease, you’re left feeling as if the man might be a shark with his ability to keep moving forward. What the tape lacks in crooning or explicit pain, it makes up for with its extreme level of personability and perseverance.
RithMic’s voice is also a driving force of the project, as he is in a constant flux between crisp rapping and singing with an alluring sense of swagger. RithMic’s voice is right at the sweet spot of tonality and brightness, which helps pack sonic variety into every track. His topics are accessible, detailing the anxieties of being an artist and painting a clear picture of his hunger for success. By the end of the tape, Buncha Sundays feels like a warm conversation with a passionate friend, a true lover of music, and someone with an affinity for the creative process.
I sat down with RithMic to gain more insight into him as an artist, as well as the making of this tape. The man was as humble and as dedicated as you’d expect from someone producing such a sincere project. After getting to know RithMic, Buncha Sundays became much more full-bodied.
Check out our back-and-forth below while you listen to your new favorite mixtape.
DC: How did you get into rap? Have long have you been writing, spitting, making music?
RM: I remember first listening to rap because of my older brother. He used to blast music in the house all the time. My first rap memory was actually Young MC – Busta Move, haha. I remember rappin’ along with the whole “dressed in yellow she said hello,” and thinking that’s tight. My mom and even my brother used write poetry they never showed me, but I would just be digging through papers at our place and always finding ‘em, and they were always mad deep. Naturally I wrote some poetry from time to time, but rap was always mad fascinating to me so it was just a natural progression for me to do it. I really didn’t take music as serious until maybe a year and a half ago, give or take. I wrote stuff in a therapeutic way. Until getting caught up listening to a lot of YouTube rappers. I used to enter YouTube rap contests all the time. It’s actually how I got my first not so shitty microphone.
DC: Who are your biggest musical inspirations/influences?
RM: When I first started writing raps, I can’t even front, I was a huge Drake fan. So I feel like the style kind’ve mimicked his at the time when So Far Gone came out. Nowadays, some of my big influences are rappers like Blu and Oddisee. I’m big into Chance as well. Acid Rap was one of those tapes that really made me wanna find myself and my sound, that and Oddisee’s The Good Fight.
DC: Can you describe the process of making Buncha Sundays, and what do you hope listeners get out the tape?
RM: Man when I started Buncha Sundays, it was never supposed to be a tape. I used to put out a song every week on Sunday with these really just low-quality demos And I called ‘em “RithMicSundays.” No one really listened to them, but shit it was really for me to find a way to keep creating, to meet a goal every week. So that’s where the name came from and the ice cream sundaes cover was just a play on that, drawn by my good friend Nicole. By the time I had 12 tracks done, I had been workin’ on a different tape with a good friend of mine and producer extraordinaire Joel Faviere. I told him I was gonna put these all on a tape just as is, thinking maybe someone will dig it. And he just said “man screw the other tape man, let’s just make this the tape, you get here and we’ll record these bitches high quality and make em pop.” My pops helped me get there and we did the damn thing in like a week.
The tape represents so much to me. Every track was directly relating to what was going on in my life at the time. Every feeling from when I was happy and feelin’ like I was dopest rapper and thinking people have to fuck with me, to thinking “man ain’t shit gonna happen from this.” From getting a little too down drinking too much, to rememberin’ you just gotta push on cause “dawg why not you.”
It really plays on the roller coaster of emotions that I think most of us go through. From being hopeful that they are gonna love it on “Even if it Takes Em a While” to my car breaking down at my job on “Keep my Hood Up.” When things were finally looking up and fallin’ in love on “You” to takin’ shots in the morning to get through the day on “Roads.” Finally finishing with thinking this shit is all gonna work out on “Ok.”
So really I just hope this shit hits someone somewhere, and they get that none of this life shit is easy, but if you got that little bit of faith, things are gonna be alright.