Born and raised in California, Roddy Ricch started taking the rap game by storm in 2018 with the release of his hit single “Die Young”. In what felt like no time at all, he went from an unknown up-and-coming artist to one of the hottest new rappers in the industry. His freshman album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which was released in 2019 included hit songs such as “The Box” and “High Fashion”. His melodic style combined with his creative lyrics proved to be the perfect combination to create a project that resonated with millions of people. Now, fans are highly anticipating his second album although there’s no word on when it will be released. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Roddy Ricch.
1. He Started Rapping In Elementary School
Music has always been a big part of Roddy Ricch’s life and he grew up listening to hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne and Future. By the time he was around eight years old, he started writing his own raps and he even got the chance to rap for fellow Compton native, Kendrick Lamar. By 16, he had started making beats.
2. “The Box” Was The Last Song He Made For The Album
“The Box” is easily one of the most popular songs from Roddy Ricch’s debut album, so many people will be surprised to know that it was somewhat of a late addition. When talking about the song with GQ, Roddy said, “It was actually the last song I made for the album. I made it at, like, 7 A.M. in New York after recording all night”. He continued, “I made the song and just decided to put it on the album. I didn’t even have it as a single before the album came out.”
3. He’s Had Some Trouble With The Law
Things in Roddy’s life haven’t always been easy, and he’s had to make some difficult decisions in order to take care of himself. He used to be a gang member and he’s had some brushes with the law. In fact, he was serving time in jail in 2018 when his mixtape, Feed Tha Streets II, came out. He credits his time in jail with inspiring him to take rap seriously.
4. He Was Mentored By Nipsey Hussle
Roddy Ricch may be part of the younger generation of hip-hop, but he has one of the most valuable things a new rapper can have: a stamp from an OG. Before his death, Nipsey Hussle had taken Roddy Ricch under his wing and served as a mentor for the young rapper. Roddy is now dedicated to being a positive part of Nipsey’s legacy.
5. Jay-Z Inspired Him Not To Give Up
In 2021, Roddy was nominated for five Grammys. However, he went home empty-handed. For a minute, he was thinking about taking a break from rap, but a brief conversation with Jay-Z inspired him to keep going hard. Roddy told Revolt TV, “I had seen JAY at the Grammys and he didn’t say, ‘What’s up?’ The first time I met him he was like, ‘What’s up young man?’ So I just expected that. And the first thing he asked me was, ‘When you dropping music?’ At the time, it didn’t really hit me, but later on I just thought of the power of that.”
6. He’s A Private Person
Roddy Ricch has spent a lot of time in the spotlight over the few years, but he hasn’t let any of it go to his head. Throughout it all, he has remained a fairly private person. He likes to keep his personal life away from the spotlight and he rarely discusses anything other than his career during interviews.
7. He Believes In Taking His Time
Thanks to the internet and other advances in technology, it’s now easier to put out music than it’s ever been before. As a result, lots of artists release songs like it’s nothing. That isn’t Roddy’s style, though. During an interview with Variety, he said, “I feel like the problem with us nowadays is we want everything right now,” he says. “But the music isn’t gonna be progressive when you’re putting something out every three months, because you ain’t been through nothing; you still feel like how you felt when you [last] dropped the music.”
8. He’s A Dad
Despite the fact that Roddy is very private, we do know that he is a proud dad. He has one child with a woman named Allie Minati. However, it doesn’t appear that any photos of Roddy’s son have been shared on the internet. Additionally, it’s unclear whether he and Allie are still together.
9. He Loves Hearing People Recite His Lyrics
Roddy is grateful for all of the people who have shown him love and support so far in his career. His fans are a big part of what motivates him to keep putting out good music. The feeling he gets when he sees and hears people reciting his lyrics is something that will never get old to him.
10. Social Media Isn’t His Thing
As a successful young rapper, most people would probably expect Roddy Ricch to spend a lot of time on social media. In reality, though, social media is probably one of the last things on his mind. While talking to Time Magazine, he shared that social media isn’t something he really cares about.