Ricky Hil’s murky, drug-fueled rap is a long way off from the bright and mainstream work of his father, fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger. He emerged in the mid-2010s with projects such as SYLDD (2014) and Candy Painted Coffins (2015), and after an extended hiatus returned the next decade with Same Shit Different Day (2021).
The Manhattan-born Richard James Hilfiger became Ricky Hil in 2007 and began releasing a series of mixtapes. In 2014, he formed the Limo Nostra label and released the LP SYLDD, which stood for “Support Your Local Drug Dealer.” The bleak album featured guest appearances from and , as well as , for whom Hil had co-written the Kiss Land track “Pretty.” He traveled further along the downward spiral with 2015’s Candy Painted Coffins, an album that featured songs like “Suicide Watch” and “Paranoia.” Following the Lex Luger collaboration 500 Grams and Exorcissm, Vol. 1, both of which were issued in 2016, Hil took a lengthy break. In 2020, he offered a handful of downcast singles that led to Same Shit Different Day, released in early 2021. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi