Who is Roddy Ricch?
Roddy Ricch is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his distinct style that reflects a Southern influence with an element of West, fused with introspective rhymes and melodic trap. This makes his music relatable to people from both the regions. Roddy has been signed by ‘Atlantic Records.' Through his music, Roddy spills out the harsh realities of the streets that he faced while growing up. He has even termed himself the “illustrator of the streets.’’ Hailing from the streets of Compton, Roddy has been influenced by artists such as Meek Mill, Future, Speaker Knockerz, and Young Thug, along with the Atlanta trap and Chicago drill styles. Starting his music career at the age of 16, Roddy rose to fame with the EP 'Be 4 tha Fame’ and the breakthrough single ‘Die Young,’ which he dedicated to XXXTentacion. From his debut mixtape, ‘Feed tha Streets,’ to his hit singles and the latest collaborations, Roddy has an array of credits as a rapper. However, he has kept his family's Louisiana roots intact in his style. Although the common notion among street-influenced rappers is that immaturity attracts attention, Roddy does not seem to follow this belief.
Childhood & Early Life
Roddy was born Rodrick Wayne Moore, Jr., on October 22, 1998, in Compton, California. Growing up, he traveled to a lot of places along with his family. The trips later influenced his music.
Roddy was 8 when he began rapping. However, back then, he was not serious about music. His perspective toward music changed completely after he landed in jail for 2 weeks. He came up with a new style of telling his life stories through music.
While in high school, Roddy was highly influenced by the style of Speaker Knockerz, the South Carolina rapper who died at 19. Back then, he had no idea about his career. In the process of finding his purpose, Roddy became a fan of Speaker Knockerz. He later had the privilege of receiving appreciation from Knockerz after the release of his first mixtape
Roddy began making beats at 16. He bought some equipment and then started recording in his room. Everything grew from there. His experiences in the Western and the Southern roots later became the prime elements of his music.
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Roddy first got fame with his song ‘Ricch Nigga,’ which he made while he was a teenager. However, following this, he turned to the streets and took a break from music.
Roddy resumed his music career in November 2017, with the release of his first mixtape, ‘Feed Tha Streets.’ The mixtape featured songs such as ‘Chase Tha Bag,’ ‘Hoodricch,’ and ‘Fucc It Up.’ Established rappers such as Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Mustard, Prabjot Thind, and 03 Greedo appreciated Roddy’s work in the album.
In March 2018, Roddy dropped an EP titled ‘Be 4 Tha Fame.’ Following this, he gifted his fans the single ‘Die Young,’ produced by London on da Track. The rapper had written the song on the night rapper XXXTentacion died. Roddy was watching the news on TV while recording ‘Die Young.’ He had muted the audio and spilled his emotions through the song.
Dedicated to XXXTentacion, ‘Die Young’ earned Roddy mainstream success. The track accumulated 60 million views on ‘YouTube’ and eight million ‘Spotify’ streams. Roddy’s next single, ‘Ricch Forever,’ and a preview of a collaborative track with Meek Mill released in August 2018.
In October 2018, Roddy’s fans speculated a collaboration with Meek Mill after the latter invited Roddy at a ‘PowerHouse’ concert in Philadelphia and gifted him a ‘Dreamchasers’ chain, ‘Dreamchasers’ being Mill's record label imprint. The following month, Roddy launched his second mixtape, ‘Feed Tha Streets II,’ which featured the singles ‘Die Young’ and ‘Every Season.’ The mixtape peaked at number 67 on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart and bagged the 36th spot on the ‘Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ chart.
Later, in November 2018, American electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello previewed the single ‘Project Dreams’ featuring Roddy. The track reflected Roddy’s rise from rags to riches, accompanied by sharp bass jolts and the conventions of rave music. The song peaked at number 28 on the ‘Billboard U.S. Rhythmic’ chart.
In May 2018, Roddy attended the ‘PowerHouse’ concert in Los Angeles as a guest of Nipsey Hussle, the legendary Compton rapper who was shot dead in March 2019. Roddy was introduced to Nipsey by A&R Keefa Black. Over time, Roddy built his friendship with Keefa, and through his connections, he grew closer to Nipsey, too. Roddy and Nipsey later collaborated for the track ‘Racks in the Middle,’ which reached number 26 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100.’
Roddy is not too keen on collaborating, as he rarely feels any connection with the rappers of his time. Considering this fact, his collaborations with Nipsey and Meek show the kind of brotherly chemistry they shared.
Roddy’s music career is managed by ‘Bird Vision Entertainment.’ He wishes to start a clothing and sneaker line in the near future.
The stage name “Roddy” was inspired by an incident that took place in his high school. Incidentally, a girl had started calling him “Roddy Ricch."
Family & Personal Life
Roddy’s grandmother is from Louisiana and has had a great role to play in his music style. He has his family members living in various states, and that made him travel to a lot of places while growing up. He has been influenced by different cultures, and that is reflected in his style of music.
His initial love for music developed from his regular visits to local Louisiana churches along with his mother and grandmother.
Roddy grew up listening to artists such as Future, Speaker Knockerz, and Meek Mill. He considers his meeting with J Cole as one of the craziest moments of his life to date.
Roddy loves collecting shoes.
He was an avid basketball fan at a point in his life. He even played the sport in high school but had to quit because of his height. Roddy is a ‘LeBron’ fan.