As co-emcee of one of the underground’s hottest groups for the past decade, the Kottonmouth Kings, Johnny Richter has come and conquered. With his cohorts in Kottonmouth Kings, Richter has sold more than 2 million records, rocked shows from Amsterdam to Japan, and helped to build an underground musical movement that peaked with the group’s latest album hitting #26 on the Billboard Top 200. Now after climbing the mountain to musical longevity, Johnny Richter is standing at the top ready for his next musical conquest. Grabbing the spotlight, Richter has recorded his first ever solo album for release entitled “Laughing”.
“This record has been in the works for years, as I was actually one of the first solo artists signed to Suburban Noize Records back when Kottonmouth Kings were still signed to Capitol Records,” said Johnny Richter. “Now just seemed like the right time to finally release a solo record.”
The seeds of “Laughing” have been planted for years, but the songs are finally ready to be harvested on July 6th, 2010. Coloring outside the lines of any genre-specific formula and blurring the boundaries between hip-hop and rock, Johnny Richter has created a solo record that attacks listeners on all fronts.
“This record was cool to make because I had a blank canvas that I could use to create anything I wanted,” says Richter. “When we’re working on a Kottonmouth Kings or a Kingspade record everyone has input on the record and how they think it should sound. This solo release is all me, so I could write at my own pace and everything was written just solely for myself.”
Drawing from his personal and professional experiences on the road for the past decade, Johnny Richter had a rich palette to paint his solo masterpiece. The piano driven melody of “Evolution” takes listeners on a journey down memory lane, while the breezy acoustics of “Remember That Summer” resurrects the feel-good vibrations of Sublime. The album is bolstered by Kottonmouth Kings alumni the Dirtball who drops by on "Nice Cold One" the soundtrack for kicking back with good friends and cold drinks, while things slow down when Daddy X spits on "Hello World".
Jonny Richter has consistently worked to raise the bar, challenging himself and his listeners, and his solo album is no different. “Laughing” is an audio autobiography for one the most captivating emcees in the underground.