Roddy Ricch Speaks On Social Media Pressures

Considering it as both “the gift and the curse,” the Compton MC spoke on how platforms leave your life up to scrutiny from millions.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Roddy Ricch Speaks On Social Media Pressures

During the latest episode of RapCaviar Presents on Hulu, Roddy Ricch spoke candidly about his often documented perspective on social media. Of course, given that his breakout album was titled Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, many might not be surprised at this revelation. However, the Compton artist is certainly a rapper who had to deal with these pressures quite quickly. Moreover, "The Box" is one of the biggest rap hits of the past couple of years, and catapulted him to an insanely high-profile status. While he's grateful for the success he's seen, he also had to deal with the pitfalls of fame much more quickly than most.

"A lot of people don’t have to deal with more than 10 people," the hitmaker said during the episode, aptly titled "The Gift and The Curse." Given the mostly mixed reception to his follow-up after such a huge hit, he has a unique and hardened perspective on living up to expectations set by others. "So just imagine seven million that see your posts every day… Jesus only had 12 disciples, and I ain’t nowhere near Jesus… Let me be great, man.”

Roddy Ricch Reflects On "The Gift & The Curse" Of Social Media

Roddy Ricch performs onstage during "Twelve Carat Toothache" tour at State Farm Arena on October 18, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Despite his feelings on social media and reception to his output, the 24-year-old continues to shine and stamp his name into the game. Recently, he released "I Remember" with Kodak Black and Internet Money, and also collaborated with Blxst on "Passionate." Unfortunately, though, his gifts as of late also came with some curses. For example, he received a copyright lawsuit over his smash hit "The Box" at the end of 2022, although it's unknown how much it will really impact the song or his success.

Also, there's the point of multiple fan and paparazzi interactions that had people unjustly criticizing him for reacting strongly. It seems that Roddy is more aware and critical of the fact that celebrities like him get their privacy intruded on by people running up on them for pictures or statements. While it's never easy to see someone lash out, it's also completely understandable. As such, hopefully Roddy's communication of these feelings can make fans think twice about judging how famous people might react to these scenarios, and how much we truly connect with them on social media. Regardless, come back to HNHH for the latest news and updates on Roddy Ricch.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.