Release Date: Dec 6, 2019
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Rap, Hardcore Rap, Contemporary Rap, Trap (Rap)
Before releasing his studio debut Please Excuse Me for Being AntiSocial, Compton-raised/Atlanta-adjacent rapper Roddy Ricch had already firmly established his hybrid style. On tracks like his breakout single "Die Young" and his featured appearance on the anthemic Mustard song "Ballin'," Ricch served up bars about struggling through hardships to achieve wealth and greatness, all delivered in a fluid, partially sung style that melded trap toughness with smooth melodies. This approach shows up sometimes on AntiSocial, but during the course of 16 tracks, Ricch displays a versatile range.
If every hot rapper of the last five years was tossed into a cauldron and stirred together until they were only mildly recognizable, the end product would probably be Roddy Ricch. The 21-year-old Compton-raised crooner can't decide if he wants to make moody and raw piano-driven street tales like his breakout single "Die Young," motivational high school basketball warm-up anthems like "Every Season," or polished and sunny Young Thug-inspired pop songs like his Mustard-produced "Ballin'. " Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial is not the slogan of an Etsy boutique that prints the phrase on Gildan hoodies and caps with adjustable strapbacks, but the title of his debut.