Roddy Ricch Explains How Meeting Kendrick Lamar As A Teenager Inspired His Career

Published At: 11 December 2019 , 07:13 PM

"I rapped for him when I was 14 years aged when 'Rigamortis' was out."

Compton MC Roddy Ricch seems poised to get a significant splash on the Billboard 200 this week with his debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, and he credits a fellow rapper from his home city for motivating him. In a recent conversation with The Breakfast Club, Roddy described how meeting Kendrick Lamar as a teenager helped propel him to pursue hip-hop.

"Kendrick was a huge inspiration for me," Roddy Ricch said. "I had seen him when I was younger. I sang for him when I was 14 years aged when 'Rigamortis' was out. I had rapped for him back then. He did like, 'you good.' At the time, you understand how it is when you run in niggas. We had a cool discussion, but just because we had a cool conversation does not mean I' ma believe I could be that. Nigga, you put in a million hours."

Roddy Ricch is referencing Kendrick's 2011 mark, "Rigamortis," a cut off his debut album Section.80. The two singers recently rejoined in a moment caught on Roddy Ricch's Instagram:

He told The Breakfast Club team that it was a full-circle moment for him.

"After reuniting and viewing him again, it was love," he said, noting that he asked Kendrick for guidance on his career. "I suggested to him about shit with family. How do you deal with certain shit with your family? He is being a young nigga coming in as far as another money. Where can I put my capital that would be good for me? I know he is not working to steer me wrong. He's not going to evolve into the light and say anything that's not true or misguide me. He does not come out for a lot of people."

In recognition of his album announcement, Roddy Ricch is up for three Grammys at the 2020 awards thanks to collaborations with Mustard and the late Nipsey Hussle. Meantime, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial is extended to move 90,000 similar album units in its opening week.

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