Some diamonds from the rough are just meant to shine. Whether it was meant to be, inevitable fate or sheer determination, Roddy Ricch has been emerging as a viable force. As a valuable source of refreshing material, this artist pours out his all on every track he polishes. What a phenomenal journey it has been for another fantastic West Coast artist – with the foreseeable future on the horizon there will not be any slowing down soon.
Faction of California
Roddy Ricch whose real name is Rodrick Moore grew up in Compton, California, in a Crip-run section, he did not differ from his counterparts except for the fact that he made something out of himself. He was kicked out of his mother’s home at age 15 and “hopped off the porch” of the Wilmington Arms Projects to get money the only way he knew how – -illegally.
Growing up in Compton provides an inevitable struggle for anyone due to its tumultuous conditions and lack of resources. With that being said, not everything in Compton was terrible for Ricch. Growing up, he actually attended the same church as Kendrick Lamar and heeded his presence as one that would clearly do something different with his life.
Also, Ricch traveled a fair amount as a kid which meant he wasn’t always in Compton and was able to experience different soundscapes, dialects and styles from the likes of Atlanta, Chicago etc. His grandmother was from Louisiana and she helped him become acquainted with a massive wealth of musical knowledge throughout his development. It is clear that he wisely selects and chooses influential pieces from different regions to intricately put together a sonically diverse palette of tunes.
Roddy Ricch is a very tranquil individual. He does not overextend himself or feel the need to be overly conversational in social circles. He sticks to the code, collaborates with like-minded music generals and moves like the mob – in silence. He endured many hardships throughout his era and does a tremendous job relaying specific shades of universal pain. When it comes to casting judgment upon others, he chooses not to because he cannot understand their struggle and vice versa. Instead, he respects those who show him respect and keeps it pushing into the upper echelon.
The reason why Ricch is taking off into new avenues in the hip-hop industry is due to his relatability and urgency. As a plain-spoken individual with great vocal range, Ricch articulates himself extremely well. Not to mention, he finds certain pockets of sonic variation on records that resemble the late Speaker Knockerz. It is well-documented that Ricch received a great deal of inspiration from Speaker Knockerz and is a big fan of the way he was able to finesse his way onto the platform of musical relevance. All in all, money is therapy for Ricch, the money is just a bonus.
Ride With One
Roddy Ricch lives like someone who has been around before in the sense that he moves like a chess player. With well-calculated steps, he has been able to forge some important lasting connections with the likes of influential individuals such as DJ Mustard and Nipsey Hussle. Overall, his musical catalogue contains solid substance and has been bubbling quite a bit this past year. The song that really skyrocketed his presence goes by the name of, “Die Young.” He scribed this song the night that XXX Tentacion died as it serves as a tribute to those taken too soon such as X, Speaker Knockerz and Lil Snupe. Nipsey Hussle was still around at the time (and is Facetimed in on the video) but unfortunately this song heavily applies to Nip as well. Die Young took off when Meek Mill recorded a video with it playing and many people caught wind of this spectacular track. Mill and Ricch met in ATL through Dreamchasers artist Omelly and have a very strong bond and continue to push each other to be the best versions of themselves daily.
Made it all happen
Once, Ricch did not believe in things he could not see. When he first started making music, it was more of a trivial experiment for a bit of fun. When he saw people wanted him around the studio and all of the racks that accumulated from some of his viral moments, he became fully immersed in his musical craft. His sing-song flow is magnificent and carries blunt brutality that demands respect and replays. He has a positive carefree attitude and a matter-of-fact disposition that creates social appeal. Roddy is out to earn his keep by pursuing happiness and freedom while not forgetting all the hardships that solidified him as a man.
A few years back, Nipsey Hussle brought Ricch out at a show, as did Meek Mill. He also toured with ScHoolboy Q for a stint. It is evident that his buzz is steadily swelling as he gives renditions to people from the streets and lets his songs ring out from there.
Others who have been magnificent for spreading awareness of his catalogue are DJ Bugsy and Trap Kitchen’s co-founder Spank. Kobalt signed Ricch and handles full administration of his catalog, publishing, creative and distribution. As an artist, Ricch is the ultimate hybrid and creates highly anticipated releases time after time.
Ricch has been nominated for three 2020 Grammy awards and has definitely been the talk of the town within the past two years. He and his Bird Vision Entertainment team are destined to reach glory, provided that they are around as long as they deserve to be.