|A.K.A.||Rodrick Wayne Moore, Jr.|
|Is||Record producer Rapper Songwriter|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||22 October 1998, Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr. (born October 22, 1998), known professionally as Roddy Ricch, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to Atlantic Records through his imprint, Bird Vision Entertainment. He released his debut mixtape Feed Tha Streets in 2017 and his second Feed Tha Streets II in 2018. The latter peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200 chart. He released his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial in December 2019, which debuted atop the Billboard 200. It spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "The Box", becoming his most popular song worldwide. In February 2019, he was featured on American rapper Nipsey Hussle's single, "Racks in the Middle". American producer Hit-Boy was also featured on the single and handled the production. The single earned all three artists a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in January 2020.
Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr. was born on October 22, 1998 in Compton, California, where he was raised. Ricch attended Carson Senior High School and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet. He spent some time living in Atlanta, Georgia in his youth. Roddy Ricch started rapping and singing as young as 8, and he began making beats in earnest at age 16. In Compton, Rodrick was a member of the street gang SouthSide Compton Crips.
In November 2017, he released his first mixtape, Feed Tha Streets, which featured songs like "Chase Tha Bag", "Hoodricch", and "Fucc It Up". The tape earned him praise from established rappers like Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Mustard and 03 Greedo. In March 2018, he released an EP entitled Be 4 Tha Fame. In May of that year, Nipsey Hussle brought Ricch out as his guest at a PowerHouse concert in Los Angeles.
In July 2018, he released the London on da Track-produced single, "Die Young", which he had written for a childhood friend, who was lost in a high speed chase and said in a Genius interview he had written it the night XXXTentacion died (With the help of his dearest cousin). The song—which was dedicated, in part, to the childhood friend and its music video would go on to accumulate over 80 million views on YouTube and 120 million streams on Spotify. In August 2018, he released the single "Ricch Forever", produced by DJ Bugsy. That month, Marshmello released a preview of a collaborative track with Ricch "Project Dreams" before Ricch was featured on a track with Nipsey Hussle, "Racks in the Middle", with a feature and production by Hit-Boy, released on February 15, 2019, later becoming both first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
In October 2018, Meek Mill brought Ricch out as his guest at a PowerHouse concert in Philadelphia. Mill also gifted him a "Dreamchasers" chain, appearing on his fourth studio album Championships (2018), in which he was a feature alongside Future and Young Thug on the song "Splash Warning" from the album. On November 2, 2018, Ricch released his second mixtape, Feed Tha Streets II. The album, which features the singles "Die Young" and "Every Season", has thus far peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200 chart and at number 36 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Later in the month, Marshmello previewed a new track with Ricch.
In June 2019, he collaborated with American DJ and record producer Mustard on the track, "Ballin'", off Mustard's third studio album, Perfect Ten, which became Mustard's highest charting song on the Hot 100 as a lead artist, peaking at number 12. In December 2019, he released his debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, debuting and peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, and featured Roddy's highest charting single, "The Box", which topped the Hot 100, as well as "Start wit Me" featuring Gunna, which peaked at number 56. Because of the strength of "The Box", a collaboration with Mustard, "High Fashion", which appeared on the album, reached the top 40 at number 35, the week he hit number one on the Hot 100. The song later peaked at number 20.
Ricch has been recognized for his raspy voice "that works wonders with vocal filters". Paul Thompson of Vulture called Ricch "an undeniably talented vocalist and occasionally a compelling songwriter", opining how he "frequently adopts the same syntax and vocal intonations as Young Thug".
Cady Lang of Time magazine noted Ricch's "remarkable musical style as a rapper combines his West Coast [hip hop] roots with the sound of trap music and Chicago drill rap, which gets an extra gravitas with his lyrics that range from pondering the tough realities of life to bouts of uninhibited bravado".
Musicologist and Northeastern University professor of music Andrew Mall regarded the fact that Ricch retains writing credit on not only his breakout hit "The Box", but on several other tracks of his that have charted, including those where he is a featured artist, "speaks to a strong business savvy on his part".
On the transcending themes of his music, Ricch draws inspiration from his life, stating: "As I experience life, my music is gonna evolve. At the same time, I still do tell the stories from my world because there are unlimited stories and unlimited people from that place. I'll always represent them. As my life begins to change and I do different things, I still want to be able to tap in and relate to them". Ricch has cited American rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is also from Ricch's hometown of Compton, as a musical influence.He has also stated that rapper Speaker Knockerz is his biggest influence, along with the "basis" of his music coming from him.
- Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial (2019)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2020||"Ballin'"||Best Rap/Sung Performance||Nominated|
|"Racks in the Middle"||Best Rap Performance||Won|
|Best Rap Song||Nominated|