Exclusive Artist Review: Richy I-Fi – “Theory Of Sound” LP

For the past 11 years, Cleveland’s Richy Wi-Fi has been hitting the ground running in the world of Hip Hop with his distinctive lyrical outbursts, insatiably powerful messages and very versatile flow. He has gained an extensive following since his inception, putting out a vast array of releases over the years which has garnered him critical acclaim and an unwavering street buzz. Now in 2021, riding the waves at the top of his game, Ricky Wi-Fi has released a full length 35-track juggernaut that fully encompasses his skills on the mic, dedication to his fan base and his willingness to showcase his artistic merit in a way that’ll leave an everlasting impression on you. And that release is ‘Theory Of Sound’.

This anthemic and multifaceted record has no shortage of hypnotic beats, nostalgic callbacks and the full musical presence that Richy encapsulates from beginning to end. From the moment this album starts, you can immediately grasp onto the wholesome signature sound that Richy has manifested and established over every previous release. His unique rhyming techniques parallel the visceral beats and he really displays an aura of passion as every track plays out its duration. One example of this formula is in the anchor single “Phone Numbers”. This song has an ambient and hypnotic beat that is innovative in its execution and well crafted in its structure. Richy utilizes two different styles of flow between the verses and distinctive chorus, serving up two wholesome flavors of delivery that showcase his skills on the mic with separate yet effective angles. It’s the perfect track for anyone that hasn’t heard Richy’s music yet and will definitely feel enticed to do a deeper dive into his discography altogether. Another track worth noting is his most recent single, “Joe Fraizer”, a more vibrant and street jazz-influence track with a 90s sensibility that really drives home the nostalgia. Richy sounds very natural on this song, delivering clear and cohesive bars that have a sense of smoothness not heard very often in today’s more modern realm. This is the type of song where you pull out the blunt, sit back and just lose your mind as the song plays out. You’ll find that place of content in no time.

Now one of the songs that definitely needs mentioning is the subtle and smooth “Theory Of The World”. A powerful track with several bars that’ll definitely get the think tank going. For example, “If God is in control, why are we making other plans?” Not only is this song another nostalgic piece of poetic justice, but also features a female vocal hook that really ties the song together in a way that enhances the visceral listening experience. Once again, Richy’s flow is flavorful, crisp and truly delivers every punchline with every ounce of effectiveness possible. This song also has diligent parallels between embracing an underground essence and implementing a more modern stylization. One never outdoes the other and throughout every hook and melody that this track conjures, you get that same dose of both originality and familiarity when it comes to Richy Wi-Fi’s signature sound.

Every track on this album serves up many defining factors and never waivers from the implementation of innovative ideas. Richy boastfully delivers line after line with wit, passion and a natural realness that tends to get lost in today’s convoluted industry. ‘Theory Of Sound’ is a nostalgic gem that fits brilliantly into today’s modern realm with its own original presence and style. It’s the type of record with staying power – where it stays with you even long after it’s over. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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