Roddy Ricch is among the artists blurring rap’s traditional geographic lines, combining West Coast and Southern sensibilities to create a sound uniquely his own. Roddy, 22, was born Rodrick Wayne Moore. He earned his stage name in the fifth grade, after paying for school lunch for his classmates, inspiring one to declare him “Roddy Ricch.” The name stuck.
While Roddy had been making music since he was young, the Compton artist arrived on the national stage with his 2017 mixtape Feed Tha Streets. At 18, Roddy drew the attention of West Coast legends like Nipsey Hussle, who in 2018 invited him to his Powerhouse concert. That year, Roddy released “Die Young,” a dedication to a childhood friend who lost his life in a high-speed chase. The song, produced by London on Da Track, took Roddy’s career to the next level. He then released “Ricch Forever,” continuing his scorching-hot run.
2019 was a huge year for Roddy Ricch. He earned a Grammy for Best Rap Performance on Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks in the Middle,” and followed that by releasing his first studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts and maintained that spot for the next four weeks with the help of songs like “The Box.”
Roddy is among the most-nominated artists of the 2021 Grammys, with six nods in categories including Song of the Year and Best Melodic Rap Performance. While it’s still early in his career, he has solidified his place at the top of his class and offers a glimpse at what rap will look like in the future.