As Rod Wave drops his latest fourth studio album “Beautiful Mind” with the latest single release, “Alone”, we’d like to delve into the artist and man that is Rod Wave, as his emotional lyrics and soulful beats have touched the hearts of so many.
Childhood and Upbringing
Rodarius Marcell Green (born August 27, 1999), now known professionally as Rod Wave was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida. His parents separated while he was in school and his father ended up going to prison for a number of years. Rod and his mother struggled to make ends meet, resorting in Rod taking to the streets to make quick cash involving himself in a number of crimes including robbery and drug dealing. He was arrested two times with his involvement in these activities.
After Rod’s father returned from prison, he saw the situation that Rod and his mother had been in and realized he had to get him on the right path before it was too late.
Getting Started in Music
Rod’s father purchased him a microphone and a computer and he started making music for himself. He then completed his graduation and started to pursue music full-time.After experimenting with his new equipment, Rod Wave released a few mixtapes. He first started it as a hobby, but began to take it more seriously as locals started to like and recognize his music. In 2017 he released his mixtapes Rookie Of The Year and Hunger Games. His local success led to bookings. Th in 2018, he released another two mixtapes, Hunger Games 2 and Hunger Games 3, as follow-ups.
After he had gained a significant amount of fame locally, Rod Wave signed to Alamo Records. He kept releasing original content and started collaborations with other musicians, such as “Feel The Same Way” with Moneybagg Yo and “All We Know” with LPB Poody.
June of 2019 saw the release of his latest mixtape, PTSD. Upon its release, one of the songs on PTSD, “Heart On Ice,” immediately went viral on TikTok and other social media platforms. As a result, it hit 25th on the Billboard Hot 100 and propelled Rod Wave up into the public eye. The song even went platinum and received two co-signs from 21 Savage and Meek Mill.
Capitalizing on this new exposure, he released his first studio album Ghetto Gospel only a few months later, and it hit 10th on the Billboard 200 chart. Ghetto Gospel pushed Rod Wave’s status up even further and contained more collaborations such as “Cuban Links” with Kevin Gates, someone who Rod Wave had always looked up to and admired.
Rod Wave Today
Rod returned in April 2020 with his second studio album, Pray 4 Love. The set debuted at number two on Billboard 200 and spawned the number 12 pop hit “Rags2Riches” featuring Lil Baby. A deluxe version of Pray 4 Love arrived that August, only a few weeks after Rod survived a serious car accident. The rapper/singer drew from the experience on SoulFly, which arrived in March 2021. Powered by its first three singles, all of which went Top 40, the album crowned the Billboard 200. A non-album track arrived in the form of 2021’s “Forever Set in Stone.” He then cracked the Top Ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with “By Your Side” and “Cold December,” which were the first two singles released off the rapper’s fourth album, 2022’s Beautiful Mind.
As of right now Rod Wave has just recently released his newest album “Beautiful Mind”.
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