A true independent artist who still books his own studio time, coordinates his own video shoots, and organizes his own shows, Philthy Rich never stops working. Fresh off the release of SemCity MoneyMan 4, he plans to drop a video every Friday until the end of the summer. Today, Complex premieres “Barely Know My Name,” featuring verses from Lil B, Mozzy, Mistah F.A.B. and Celly Ru, in which the Oakland rapper and father opens up about the struggles that come with the lifestyle he’s chosen. “They assume that you change but any wise man changes over time,” he explains to Complex. “I might have to be on the road doing shows for a week so that means I’m taking time away from my kids, and then I still have to be in the studio and make music videos. For me to be able to get all that done, it’s serious.” “Barely Know My Name” is the latest single from Philthy Rich’s upcoming Hood Rich 4, following last week’s HotNewHipHop premiere of “Numbers,” a subdued-yet-boastful track with contributions from Skeme andSauce Walka.
“I got real problems just like anyone else,” says Philthy Rich. “Don’t let the videos or Instagram posts fool you. People don’t know what goes on behind closed doors like all the hate you deal with and the people you gotta take care of. Life in general is tough for everyone–I have to deal with family members and friends passing away, I have to juggle raising and providing for my kids while having to work, just like everyone else. My job might be different from yours but we share the same struggles.”