Roddy Ricch reverts back to his old self in “Feed Tha Streets 3.”
Honorable Mention. #1 Freak
Roddy Ricch and Ty Dolla $ign are undefeated when they make songs about f**king with freaks. Ladies and gentlemen, freaky music is the new romantic music. With that being said, I encourage you to embrace a song like “#1Freak.” In it, Roddy Ricch and Ty Dolla $ign go back and forth on some black PornHub s**t (We’re talking threesomes and everything). The song is powered by a beat that Ludacris would’ve killed a few years ago and absolutely perfect melodic raps
Honorable Mention. Just Because
“Just Because” opens up “Feed Tha Streets 3” rivetingly. A moody beat permeates through “Just Because.” Over it, Roddy Ricch hits us with melodic raps that highlight his relationship with bloods and crips, his readiness for smoke, and his knack for racking up dubs. The song’s superpowers are its choppy but infectious hook and its nonchalant but effective tone.
5. Stop Breathing
Roddy, stay in this exact bag for the rest of your life, please!
Clocking in at only 1:50, “Stop Breathing” is a masterpiece by Roddy Ricch. The song features the crafty, cocky, and melodic Roddy that we’ve all come to love. Do you know the funny thing? I actually hate the beat that he does his work over; similar to how I hate the “Big Stepper” beat.
4. Get Swept
The Brooklyn Nets said “hold my beer.”
If I were to guess, “Get Swept” will end up being one of the singles from this album. It just has that glow, gentle/up-tempo R&B-hip-hop type beat, and the type of content (Roddy speaks on his unique come-up and current luxurious way of living in the song) Roddy’s hits usually have. There’s nothing special about the song, but more importantly, nothing not special about it.
3. Belly Of The Beast
Roddy switches gears fearlessly, dangerously, and effectively in “Belly Of The Beast”
If I were to guess, Roddy Ricch exuded the most energy on this album in “Belly Of The Beast.” Throughout the song, he shifts between boisterous and chill rapping-wise. He also switches between being someone who is enjoying and fighting living in the fast lane. All in all, “Belly Of The Beast” is the one song that really jumps off the page for me.
2. No Rest
Do you know who else doesn’t get rest? Twitter employees.
No one is better than Roddy Ricch at making subdued bangers. “No Rest” has a beat with tons of bass and The Terminator vibes. As for Roddy, he uses both laidback and gassed-up approaches to remind folks that he’s someone that avoids commitment, naps, and price tags. All in all, “No Rest” lowkey (Very lowkeyly) struck a chord with me.
1. Aston Martin Truck
Roddy Ricch drives recklessly in “Aston Martin Truck.”
I’ma keep it real with you: I have never heard of an Aston Martin truck. Anywho, in “Aston Martin Truck,” Roddy Ricch flexes his ass off like a wrestler that just hit his opponent with their signature move. What’s interesting is that he toys with a bunch of different sounds in the song: A Nav-ish sound, a high pitch sound, and a Yeat-ish sound. He also does his work over this colorful-ass trap beat. All in all, I think “Aston Martin Truck” showcases how talented and dynamic Roddy is.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. Just Because (4/5)
2. King Size (3.5/5)
3. Heavier (4/5)
4. Blue Cheese (3.5/5)
5. Favor for a Favor (4/5)
6. Twin (Ft. Lil Durk) (4/5)
7. Aston Martin Truck (4.5/5)
8. Get Swept (4/5)
9. Belly of the Beast (4/5)
10. Stop Breathing (4/5)
11. Fade Away (4/5)
12. #1 Freak (Ft. Ty Dolla $ign) (4/5)
13. Pressure (3.5/5)
14. No Rest (4.5/5)
15. Letter To My Son (4/5)
Is it fair to say that Roddy Ricch blew up quickly and sort of unexpectedly? If so, I think he has handled all of the bulls**t that comes with growing fast pretty well. With that being said, I feel like Roddy has entered a stage in his career that is complicated. It’s like, some people want him to grow as an artist, while others want him to stay in the same pocket that he was in back in the day. In Feed Tha Streets 3, I feel like he does a good job of showing us what both sides look like.
One thing that I’ve learned about Roddy Ricch is this: He loves himself a beat with a good tempo. The majority of the songs on this album feature up-tempo beats with emotional elements. Over the beats, Roddy Ricch does a good job of gliding and switching between sounding cold-hearted and dramatic. He also sways away from trying to sound like a battle rapper; unlike how he did on Live Fast. All in all, the Los Angeles rapper has a go-to sound and has no problem doubling down on it.
One thing I’ve never loved about Roddy Ricch’s music is his lyrics. While I think his rap mechanics are good and his melodies are infectious, his content just feels a little generic. In Feed Tha Streets 3, Roddy mainly raps about having connections with women, not loving women, spending money recklessly, and having an impressive come-up. I know, that’s what 65% of the rappers in the game talk about these days; however, I think that Roddy is better than 65% of the rappers in the game, so I would’ve loved it if he just spoke more about some other s**t.
So why should you listen to this album? Because it features vintage Roddy Ricch. The melodies he hooks us up with are on point, the kind of beats he does his work over knock louder than Jehovah’s Witnesses, and there’s a refreshing level of hunger that he displays throughout. I think this album sort of resets things for the superstar rapper.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.