This is the debut album from Compton singer, rapper, and self-described visionary Roddy Ricch, an up-and-comer who has been hitting it big recently with his appearance on the XXL list and his feature on the huge Mustard hit “Ballin.”
The main thing that’s been holding Roddy back is the lack of coherent projects. While his Feed the Streets projects were okay, they didn’t really show that much promise aside from some key tracks like “Die Young” and “Every Season.” This begged the question of if he could handle a full album, but Please Excuse Me for being Anti-Social shows that the answer to that question is better than anyone could’ve expected.
The way Roddy starts this album is strong. Namely with “The Box” which is one of the best tracks Roddy has released. With eerie strings and keys coupled with a remarkable sample in the background, the beat is dark yet captivating. Coupled with the sticky flows and inflections throughout along with an earworm chorus, it’s fulfilling and catchy.
Another high point is “War Baby”, a climactic finish to the album. With the powerful choir at the end, Roddy’s lyrics detailing his struggles to be successful, and the smooth and sticky inflections throughout the song, this is the perfect way to end the album.
The beginning and end are strong, but the middle of the album is more hit and miss. Not too many misses and none of them are horrible, but they’re more derivative. “Perfect Time” is where the inflections become a bit grating. They feel unnatural and, despite the luscious instrumental, Roddy’s voice and flow don’t mesh well.
Another dud would be “Moonwalkin” featuring Lil Durk. The hook is kind of catchy but Roddy’s inflections are trying way too hard to be weird or stick with the listener, but end up as grating again. However, Durk’s verse does have a nice flow and a couple of funny one-liners.
The features on this album are pretty good. Gunna gives a surprisingly good performance on “Start wit Me” with a solid flow and delivery that sounds more energetic than his usually lethargic delivery. Ty Dolla $ing fits in really well on “Bacc Seat” with his husky yet sensual delivery and smooth flow, even if that song is just okay. Meek Mill brings his usual hyped delivery on “Peta”, fitting in with the fun pan flute instrumental. The weakest feature is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on “Tip Toe”, but more due to his verse not having the time to develop.
Overall, this was a great first impression of how Roddy is going to proceed with albums. He could become a name to remember if he continues to hone his craft and deliver songs as great as the hits on this album.