Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial is a good Roddy Rich story
Updated: Feb 7
Compton native rapper, Roddy Rich has released his first album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial on December 6th, 2019 under Atlantic Records. Since the beginning of his rapping career, Roddy released 2 mixtapes (2017, 2018), and he has been featured on songs like "Racks In The Middle" by Nipsey Hussle, "Splash Warning" by Meek Mill and "Ballin'" by Mustard. Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial features Mustard, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Lil Durk, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie.
Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial kicks off with "Intro". The song starts off in a melodic way where Roddy sings about his past being rough and emotional, then the beat randomly switches to a higher trap tempo sound and Roddy switches the subject from his rough past to his present days that he is now living better, marvelous and happier. "The Box" is the album's breakthrough song. The instrumental is good and vibing, and I liked Roddy Rich punchlines in his first verse, they were clever. Roddy might sound like a low-key dude because of his way of singing, but when you pay attention to the lyrics, you realized that he's a dangerous cat when he speaks about his past encounters with the law, I mean he was part of the Crips growing up. Overall, it's a nice track and the merge between Roddy's voice, his rapping ability and the instrumental were done perfectly. Then we have the song "Start Wit Me" featuring Gunna which is a good song to vibe to, because of the instrumental, and the subjects of the song are about guns and weapons. Basically, don't pay attention to the lyrics and you will enjoy the song. Now "Perfect Time" is a song I enjoyed listening to. Roddy Rich talks about his successful life after all his past trauma but with all the success and money he now has, he still feels that he have to sleep with one open because he doesn't know who to trust and he still doesn't love the police. The way he sang that chorus, I loved it because it was melodic. The song also showed a big part of Roddy Rich's talent which not only he can rap and sing but he can nicely play around with his voice and make it sound like there are other artists in this song. Normally it's not something I would be crazy about but Roddy did it in a way that fitted the song good. The song "Moonwalkin" featuring Lil Durk has a decent instrumental but the song as a whole is not that great. The lyrical content was less than mediocre and what turned me completely off from the song was this specific bar from Lil Durk, "Damn near pulled your wig off, that's on God, suck on my penis." This bar made no sense at all to me. Then we have the songs "Big Stepper" and "Gods Eyes". The following song is called "Peta" featuring Meek Mill and the rappers basically talk about wearing a lot of furs on their clothes. The song has the same type of instrumental as "Start Wit Me" but overall, the song was ok.
Halfway through the album, we have the song "Boom Boom Room". This is a very good laid back song from Roddy on a smooth instrumental, and his ad-libs on the 5th, 6th and 7th bars of the hook were well done too. Then we have a skit called "Elyse's Skit" which was about Roddy and Mustard last summer song called "Ballin'" which was a huge success. Speaking of Mustard, the next song is produced by him and it's called "High Fashion". The beat of the song has more than an R&B vibe than most of the songs int the album which makes it more laid back. Then we have another song with an R&B vibe featuring Ty Dolla $ign called "Bacc Seat". The song is mostly about spoiling women with high-class fashion clothes and having fun with them, and the instrumental has a nice guitar riff that adds a sweet melody to the song. Then we have the song "Roll Dice" followed by the song "Prayers To The Trap God" where Roddy raps a full verse story about his hustling and trapping days until he got raided by the Feds. This track was Roddy's most heartfelt song from the album. Next up is the song "Tip Toe" featuring A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. The album finishes with a great song called "War Baby" where Roddy raps about surviving the dangerous struggles in the Compton streets to making his rap career a success. He also states that even though he got enough money to buy clothes from the brand Dior, he still rocks the Jordans which is a way of saying that his past struggles humbled him enough to never forget what made him a strong man today.
Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial is a good album and Roddy Rich held his own on it. The way he uses differently his voice on the album was quite impressive and at least 70% of the album had instrumentals with good vibes. There were the lyrical content and subjects in some songs that were left much to be desired because Roddy Rich would rap a lot about women and fashion clothes.
Lyrical Content: 3/5
Beat Instrumental: 3.5/5
Album Production: 3.5/5