Review: Roddy Ricch – “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”

Roddy Ricch is a 21-year old rapper, singer, composer and record producer from Compton, California. Ricch debuted in 2017 with his first album “Feed tha Streets,” signing with Bird Vision Entertainment shortly thereafter. He followed in 2018 with a 12 song mixtape, “Feed tha Streets 2.” He then signed to Atlantic records in 2018, following other artists like Aretha Franklin, Albert King, a Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Gucci Mane and countless others. 

In Dec. 2019 Ricch released his first studio album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial.” This 16 song album quickly rose to the top 100 Billboard chart and took over social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram. 

The album has six features, including Gunna, a Boogie, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill and others. On top of the features the songs on this album explore different beats, incorporating acoustics like violin, piano and guitar. Ricch also displays his vocal range, switching from rapping in a lower tone to singing higher pitches and effortlessly harmonizing with his feature artists. The album combines rap and R&B, and the lyrics are deeper than your typical rap album, giving listeners a glimpse of Ricch’s views and feelings.  

After the release of “Please Excuse Me,” Ricch’s popularity and fame quickly grew. Off of the album, one song in particular stood out. “The Box” easily became Ricch’s most popular song, taking over TikTok and Instagram and reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the list for nine weeks. Ricch has also charted eight other songs in the last 3 months. 

Ricch credits his inspirations to range from Young Thug to Meek Mill, but those influences are hard to pick up in his music. Ricch is his own rapper, taking pieces from a variety of influences and experiences to combine them into his own idiosyncratic sound. 

“Please Excuse Me” and Ricch himself deserve every bit of hype and praise. At only 21-years old Ricch has already reached a pedestal that artists search for all of their lives. Ricch has only been in the game three years, but he clearly is not going away.