My Honest Review: Roddy Ricch- P.E.M.F.B.A. Album

It seems like Compton, California is bringing the heat with yet another artist to hold the flag for it’s historic neighborhood. Roddy Richh is back with his debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Anti-Social. After releasing smash hits like my personal favorite “ Ballin’ which is actually DJ Mustard’s track and my new found favorite Die Young, I was more than ready to hear something new from the West Coast Artist. So after finally listening to the album, here’s my thoughts:

  1. Intro: This track felt a little too much like a Dreams and Nightmares attempt. Roddy spits about his upbringing and past heartbreaks, but honestly, it wasn’t very enjoyable to listen too. I did admire the beat change midway through the track, but like I said, it wasn’t anything special and felt like he was going for a Meek Mill moment with the track.

2. The Box: I seriously enjoyed this track. The beat is absolutely amazing with the dramatic strings playing in the background and the “skrt skrt” sound effect just makes the track that much harder. There was many ways Roddy could’ve hoped on this track, but he executed nicely with the flow he chose. “Pour up the whole damn seal, Imma get laaaazzzyy” was straight fire. I immediatley added it to the playlist.

3. Start Wit Me (ft. Gunna): At first I didnt fuck with this track on the fact that the beat sounded too much like a Da Baby track. I’m over the Da Baby and if he dosen’t change his whole “gig” I’m sure he won’t be around for too long. But after really listening to the track for a little bit, the track is a banger. Roddy is right for putting the song right after “The Box” because it matches the energy. Gunna held his own on the track as well.

4. Perfect Time: It’s a NO for me with this track. The hook is pretty trash too be honest. The way he stretches his voice when he says “ Peanut butter seats came perfect time, rich but I’m stilll ducking one time.” was terrible. I see what he was trying to do, but Roddy shouldn’t stretch his voice like that. It just sounded like a failed singing attempt. The last verse on this track was comical as well.

5. Moonwalkin: This track was pretty cool. Again, nothing special and I felt he made a good decision by adding Lil Durk to the track. Even though, “ Can you be down like Keisha on Power” was a trash line for Lil Durk, he didn’t stray away from the overall vibe and feeling of the track, and that’s what really matters.

6. Big Stepper: “Push the hellcat like a old corolla.” says Roddy Ricch on this similar sounding produced track. While only six tracks in, the album is good so far, but not great. One thing I’ve noticed about Roddy Ricch is he isn’t afraid to be repetitive, either with beat selection or lyrics.

7.God’s Eyes: This track seems to display Roddy’s reflection on what money has done for him and the certain tribulations he had to go through to get where he is currently. I personally like when artist try to give the listener a little perspective on what it’s like for you to be in that position at such an early age.

8. Peta (feat.Meek Mill) This track starts off with the right type of energy. With Meek Mill opening the track with, I used to fuck up my re-up, Now it’s the jet with my feet up.” Meek absolutely murdered his verse. It made me wanna hear more meek and I cant wait for another project from the Philly native. The beat reminds me of Drake’s “Portland” with the flute like sound. I enjoyed this track.

9. Boom Boom Room: This track , to me, sounds like the typical Roddy Ricch song. Again, nothing special but the track wields the typical looped guitar and flute type sound followed by the predictable 808’s. The beat is almost a replica of his previous track “Out The Mud” just a bit slower.

10. Elyse’s Skit: It’s a skit, nothing to really review. I felt the same way about “Ballin” as well to be honest. I’ve heard that track maybe a little too many times myself.

11. High Fashion (feat Mustard): Probably one of my favorite tracks on this album. Mustard completely bodied this beat and Roddy pretty much danced on this track. Not too many singing attempts from Roddy and he kept the track simple. Mustard must’ve kept this beat in the stash specifically for Roddy, because the two complemented each other very well.

12. Bacc Seat (Ty Dolla $ign): This track was another one of my favorites. Ty Dolla $ign assisted nicely to Roddy’s melodic flow behind the gentle guitar. I could’ve done without the “ I’m a fucking sex symbol” comment from Ty. Just saying.

13. Roll Dice: Nothing special from Roddy, again. The beat is crazy though. “ Imma star just sitting in the low life” is a line from the track that really stood out to me.

14. Prayers To The Trap God: Roddy’s flow on this track reminds me of Future so much. I’m not gonna lie the “They did the whole sweep, couldn’t even go to sleep”part was sonically unpleasing.

15. Tip Toe: A Boogie wit da Hoodie should’ve been left off this track. Honestly, Roddy Ricch would’ve been better off without the feature. I don’t know if it was Richh’s decision or a label thing, but it did not help the track. The production on this one is dope though.

16. War Baby: With the feeling of the track, this is a great conclusion for the album. The beat featured some great vocals and the well known piano that Ricch is so comfrotable with gently played in the background. The choir that assists Roddy with the hook is absolutely fire. If the entire album had creativity as much as this track did, it would be a lot better off. This track is probably my favorite track on the album. The subject matter is somewhat about having PTSD from the environment he was raised in and how he is a “War Baby”. Very creative and deep track.

2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Overall, this album was pretty decent. I wasn’t in love with the project, but I wasn’t completelylet down by it either. Unlike the review by Pitchfork, saying Roddy Rich can’t decide if he wants to make moody and raw piano-driven street tales or polished and sunny Young Thug-inspired pop songs like his Mustard-produced “Ballin’.” I expected exactly what we got from Roddy. Roddy is a unique artist. I wouldn’t say he sounds like one artist or another, but I will say his sound is more of a Atlanta type sound rather than West Coast inspired. After looking more into Ricch’s wikipedia, I learned he spent some time actually living in Atlanta, GA. Maybe that explains the heavy influence. Overall, decent album but not great.

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Just a man with time on his hands. So I spend it writing. Mainly about hip hop and pop culture, but sometimes about life itself. Follow me on twitter @ZeeGawd

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Just a man with time on his hands. So I spend it writing. Mainly about hip hop and pop culture, but sometimes about life itself. Follow me on twitter @ZeeGawd

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