Venue: The Forge
Address: 22 W Cass Street
Southern rapper Rittz delivers lightning-speed bars with wit and a confrontational attitude similar to predecessors Eminem and Twista. After some bumps at the start of his career threatened to derail him completely, he forged forth and eventually released his first effort, 2011’s White Jesus. Signing with Tech N9ne‘s Strange Music the following year, he issued a quartet of full-lengths with the label over the course of the 2010s. At the end of the decade, he branched out on his own, self-releasing 2019’s Put a Crown on It on his label, Cli-N-Tel Entertainment.