Roddy Ricch dropped his latest album, Live Life Fast, which comes over two years later after his last release. In one of the tracks the 23-year old rapper shared something very personal with his fans.
Before Roddy Ricch had a Billboard Hot 100 hit and three Grammy Award nominations, he was a member of the Park Village Compton Crisps. Street life caught up to the rapper by the time he was in late teens which put him behind bars.
Since then, Roddy Ricch has exploded in popularity. His hit single, “The BOX” spent 11 weeks atop the HOT 100 while his debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, landed a #1 spot on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 2019.
Roddy has now returned over two years later with his album, Live Life Fast, which finds the elusive rapper letting his guard down momentarily. In a song “crash the party”, Roddy admits that he contemplated suicide at a point in his life and music was his savior.
Towards the end of the track, the music stops for a while as Roddy makes his confession.
“I was walkin’ through Compton one night at like— ahem like 2 a.m. in the morning,” he explains. “I just left my girl house, I found out she was on some bullshit, you know what I’m sayin’? And I walked past the 91, I was walkin’ all the way down Central, past the graveyard and shit. I had made a l— a right on Alondra, um, walked up by the side of the airport and I passed the hood, you know what I’m sayin’, and I went all the way to The Cedars.I had pulled up on my DJ at the time and he was just tellin’ me keep my head up and shit like that. Shit was crazy, you know? I felt like I wanted to die, I felt like I ain’t even wanna be no more ’cause I just— I ain’t have shit at the time, you know what I’m sayin’? And music was all I really had, so you know just from goin’ to jail and fucking around in the streets, I knew it wasn’t shit, so I had to just, keep my head up, keep goin’, get focused, grind that shit out, you know what I’m sayin’?”
Unlike most entertainment figures, Roddy is not a fan of internet fame and tries to keep his personal business off the internet for the most part. In a March interview with Complex he said, “I ain’t never been no internet n**ga.” He added that sometimes he just wanted to share things with people, but he’s not the person to just talk into a camera.
“Sometimes I want to tell people things, but I’m not the type of person to just talk into a camera. So I’ll say things, and it’ll almost be like a poem that I can share with people. It may never come out, but I’m just expressing myself. I don’t talk to people through a phone. You’ve always known me to communicate through music, so why should I have to communicate through a live video with you?”
For now, the 23-year old will have to deal with internet popularity as his new album comes out. Check out his latest album, Live Life Fast below
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