Roddy Ricch has begun responding to criticism surrounding album sales. Just before Christmas, the L.A. rapper released his second album, LIVE LIFE FAST, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 with 62,000 equivalent album units.
However, compared to her debut album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial in 2019, which opened at Number 1 with 101,000 units and spattered her chart-topping hit “The Box.”
In the days after the LIVE FAST fell, Roddy faced criticism for not performing at the same level as his first performance. He was ridiculed earlier this month when she previewed her unreleased song “Out of My Mind,” which took her social media accounts out.
“I think I’m a failure now,” he wrote. “Like shit.”
Roddy Ricch spills his guts to DJ Akademiks
In a new interview with DJ Akademiks, Roddy said,
He explained the pressure he faced to make his debut and how the timing of the album played a factor in the first week’s sales.
Earlier in the year, when “Late at Night” still had big release numbers, LIVE LIFE FAST announced that it would have sold more units than Please Excuse Me because it was antisocial.
“That song [‘Late at Night’] was such a crazy song that people caught on two to three months later,” he said. “If I would have dropped an album within that [time frame] and did whatever I did [62,000], I would have dropped and I would have been 180k up.”
But Roddy won’t let the haters get him down. “Just because the numbers didn’t align up or the timing or the plan didn’t really fall the way it was supposed to fall, now ni**as got this different narrative of how they wanna play it, but I know what’s going on,” he said.
“That shit is cool, they can play it however they wanna play it, but I still know I’m an earner.”
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