Roddy Ricch has had a magnificent introduction into the music industry. After the success of his breakout single “Die Young” and subsequent acclaim for his debut album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, he’s clear about one thing: he doesn’t want his career to be like anyone else’s.
In a new interview with Variety, the rapper detailed why he’s intent on creating his own journey in the rap game.
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"Someone can inspire you musically because music is a sound, but trying to mimic somebody’s career, that’s almost impossible," he said. "I could never say that I want my career to be like, let’s just say, Jay-Z. Because Jay-Z at 22…did we even know Jay-Z at 22? I think Jay-Z put his first album out at, what, 27? Even Drake was, what, 24, 23? I don’t even know. I’m 22 coming off two No. 1s. It’s just a different time.”
He continued on, explaining that there’s no way to compare their journeys. “It’s like thinking about Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant—you can’t compare them, because they came up at three different points in time, they had to play against different people, people’s mentality was different,” he said. “So I just do my own thing, honestly. I can’t say, ‘I want this man’s life,’ or ‘I want this man’s career,’ because that’s envy, and envy is a sin."
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Roddy Ricch also took some time to talk about the pressure to quickly follow up with a new album after the success of Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial.
“I feel like the problem with us nowadays is we want everything right now," he said. "But the music isn’t gonna be progressive when you’re putting something out every three months, because you ain’t been through nothing; you still feel like how you felt when you [last] dropped the music. To me, stuff doesn’t happen in my life every single day. Maybe for some people it does, but my life don’t happen that fast. I have to give myself time to actually go through things so I can speak on it, and have a new understanding of life."