Roddy Rich tops charts with ‘Antisocial’

Lucas Silva

   “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” is the debut studio album from up and coming Atlanta rapper Roddy Rich. This is Roddy Rich’s most successful and critically acclaimed album so far. The album itself is about Roddy Rich’s rise to fame and leaving his old life behind for a prominent future in music. Five songs off the album went onto the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Box” topping the charts at #1 (currently at 10 weeks).

   I myself had high expectations for the album and those expectations were met and exceeded. I was really looking forward to the different sounds and styles he was going to use when I saw the track list with all the different features. The overall sounds of the album are something that anyone who isn’t a fan of Roddy Rich or even hip hop can easily pick up and listen to. “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” is incredible for a debut album and especially for someone who’s only been making music for only a little over two years.

   Roddy Rich’s lyricism definitely defined the album and the sound made it memorable and complimented the lyrics nicely. Another highpoint of the album was how Roddy Rich used his voice to go along with the music in perfect harmony. The better parts of the abum are the beginning and end with Roddy Rich starting off strong with “The Box” and ending off with a high note with “War Baby.” The album has various features from Lil Durk, Meek Mill, Gunna, Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

   “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” has one of the best and most unique samples I’ve ever heard on any album. You can clearly hear when listening to “The Box” when Roddy Rich sampled his own voice creating that distinct windshield wiper sound. His vocals are what really makes him stand out from other artists. 

   Roddy Rich talked a lot about the struggles of leaving a lot of people, including his past life of crime, behind to start a new bright career in the music industry. Roddy Rich has his own unique flow and rhythm that’s pretty difficult to pin down and compare to other current artists. Throughout the album Roddy Rich uses Autotune but does not depend on it for his musical ability. He uses it to his advantage instead of using it as more of a crutch like other musicians. 

   What I especially like that he does in the album is how frequently he switches up rapping and harmonizing with music, which you don’t really see a lot of rappers do. Roddy Rich also presents himself in a different way as a performer. He shows people who he truly is and that he’s no different from anybody else. Roddy Rich has clearly experimented enough in “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” to find what sort of sound he wants to use for future projects.

   All the songs off “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” are experimental. With this being Roddy Rich’s first studio album, I think it’s fair not to expect so much from this album. He is still trying to find his own flow which I think he has with this album. A low point of the album was the middle of it, where Roddy Rich really tries different melodies and vocals to really see what fits and what doesn’t. Lastly the features were pretty lackluster and forgettable with many of them just being just about one verse long.

   I think fans of old Kanye West and YNW Melly would really enjoy the vocals that Roddy Rich uses in the album. He kind of does what YNW Melly and Lil Tecca do in their music and sings along while rapping. Fans of J. Cole would also enjoy Roddy Rich’s raw lyricism in the same way of how blunt J. Cole is with the lyrics in his music.