On March 31st, the West Coast lost a major figure in the rap game but more importantly in the streets. Nipsey Hussle wasn't just another rapper getting his money, he was a man from the hood giving back to the hood.
Giving young people the tools they needed to be successful on their own. Never took any handouts, and never gave any handouts.
Just a guy displaying what it truly means to help the people in his community.
But his loss inspired many young people to be better in everything they do. Especially young rappers from the west coast.
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
December 6, 2019
When Nipsey Hussle got Roddy Ricch to be featured on his hit "Racks in the Middle," it felt like the beginning of something big for this kid. The track was released just one month before Nipsey's death, and was the last single he would ever release.
Roddy Ricch has done nothing but make Nipsey proud with the work he has done in 2019.
His feature on Mustard's major hit "Ballin'" played through everyone's speakers for the entire summer, catapulting him to his first certified Gold track of the year.
Both of these songs are nominated for Grammy's. The kid continued to build upon his work by ending 2019 with his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial.
Roddy didn't just pop up out of nowhere. He dropped mixtapes Feed the Streets and it's sequel in 2017 and 2018, which can be found on all streaming services.
Anybody who listened to these mixtapes could hear the potential, but there was still something missing. It could have been the hunger to be great wasn't quite there yet. Or maybe he didn't even know the potential he could reach.
But this debut album shatters all expectations anyone could have had of him. Similar to Luka Doncic coming into the NBA and taking over immediately, this kid has already cemented himself as a major player in the game.
This single "Big Stepper" was the first to be released off of the album in early October. The video displays Roddy in all black in the middle of the night, in front of a dark horse. A lot of undertones of Halloween mixed with the dark nights in his streets of Compton.
In the hook he states "I was taught to never show no love." Which just encapsulates everything needed to know about this track and where his mindset was while creating this album. This track was the big step to get him to where he was trying to be when dropping this album.
The buzz was just beginning, and was only going to grow.
He decided to keep the ball rolling when he dropped "Start Wit Me" just a few weeks later with Gunna.
Once again dressed in all black, like he's going to a funeral. Only this time, it is daytime and he's surrounded by those dressed in white.
There's a bit of ironic humor in this track when he says "I'ma hang with the gangbangers. He only hang with the feds and the rats and the mice." As Gunna was just caught up snitching a few years back on a crime television show.
But this track displayed what we could come to expect from Roddy. It has all the makings of Future's DS2 mixed with his west coast sound.
As with many of the songs on this album, you can make many comparisons to that classic from Future. But not only the music, but there's a lot of similarities in how this album will effect his career.
After Future dropped DS2, every album after that came with major expectations. Roddy Ricch came with the heat on his first album, and anything less from now on will be a disappointment.
After his second single, he revealed the release date of his debut album. With much anticipation, Roddy dropped one final single before the album "Tip Toe" featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
And I had the strap when I caught my case
Everybody knows the best weed comes from Northern California, even those from Los Angeles know what's up.
But that case he's talking about is the only time he's ever been convicted of a crime. He was charged with domestic violence, when an argument between him and his girlfriend turned physical. Neither of them needed medical attention thankfully.
Here's a bit of advice for many of you young men out there. It's a real simple thing: Don't put your hands a woman. Just don't do it. You'll ruin her life, your life, and it's a really tough reputation to shake.
So I hope he learned his lesson when he posted his $50,000 bail. And hopefully men wake the fuck up and stop with this shit. It's flat out stupid.
The album is a hit. The perfect way to bring in the new year with some good music.
But with talent comes lofty expectations. A young man with all the talent in the world can blow it a million different ways. And I'd hate to see it blown due to domestic violence.
The substance of there album carries a lot of weight for a few reasons. He can carry on a legacy of knowledge similar to that of Nipsey Hussle, or he can limit his growth by simply putting out what everyone wants to hear.
I don't believe that he's actually antisocial, that doesn't really make sense for someone who decided to become a famous rapper. Reserved would probably be a better word to use, but that doesn't sound as relatable to the kids.
Regardless of the choices he decides to make in his young career, he'll always have this album. And he'll always have 2019 as a stepping stone to build off of.