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Roddy Ricch “Ballin” at sold-out First Ave

If the name Roddy Ricch doesn’t ring a bell for you, you may have been living under a rock for the past few months.

Recently, the Compton-born artist saw his December-released album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, drop a few spots to #3, and reclaim the top spot five weeks later. The project, which was his first studio album, had five songs chart in the Billboard Hot 100, most notably “The Box.”

Perfect Time

The First Ave crowd in downtown Minneapolis quite possibly knew the lyrics to every single song off the new album. He started off with the powerful track “Intro” off of Antisocial and didn’t slow down from there.

He followed with the first rendition of “The Box” and then the Gunna-assisted “Start Wit Me.” For the next track, “Perfect Time,” he walked over to the keyboard and played some beautiful chords to go along with the melody. “This my favorite song on the album, right here,” he said.

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Going #1

He also played a few single tracks, including “Ricch Forever,” which he dedicated to his best friend who had passed away, and “Ballin”, another Grammy-nominated song, which was an absolute crowd favorite.

Roddy stopped and reflected towards the end of the show. He told the smiling crowd to put their finger up in the air, making a number one. “I do it for y’all,” he said. “Y’all the reason I went #1. Thank you!!”

Despite that gesture, the 21-year-old deserves all the credit he gets. He’s reserved, calm, and admittedly antisocial. In interviews he has mentioned that what he cares about most is putting out quality music, not the money that comes with it. While his rapping skills are impressive, his ability to sing and play keyboard are probably more so. He brought all of this and more to First Ave.

Can’t Kill “The Box”

When the few beginning beats of “The Box” began to play for the second time (maybe third?), the crowd still loved it. I had moved into the middle of the floor, and by doing so I experienced first hand the energy it created. It was pure chaos.

Roddy ended the song and began to walk off. But after hearing encore chants he came back to perform “The Box” one last time. For any other artist, this would have been overkill. But Roddy was having fun with it and the crowd was all-in.

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Keep on Ballin, Roddy

“The Box,” assisted by a viral beat and millions of users embracing the song on social media, essentially became a musical juggernaut, beating out new music by Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Drake (even with them pleading to their fans to help them take the top spot). “The Box” has now held the #1 spot for almost seven weeks. And then, just last week, he won his first Grammy. Needless to say, it’s been a few crazy months for Roddy.

The show included non-stop hits, an entertaining light show, and massive amount of steam and smoke. There was energy in First Ave from the moment doors opened and the energy stayed high the whole night. Roddy acknowledged the crowd, his fans, and even Kirk Cousins.

If my intuition serves me well, Roddy Ricch will continue to top charts, and especially keep on Ballin.

Rees Winga
Author: Rees Winga

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