Feed Tha Streets III

Feed Tha Streets III

Each of the first three volumes in Roddy Ricch’s Feed tha Streets is a signpost for a significant phase of the Compton rapper’s career. The first installment, from 2017, marked his debut; the second, from a year later, featured the hits “Die Young” and “Every Season” and served as his breakthrough to national audiences. Feed tha Streets III, which caps the stunning five-year opening to Roddy’s career, catches him in full superstar mode. With two top five albums under his belt (2019’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial and 2021’s LIVE LIFE FAST), not to mention a number one hit in “The Box,” Roddy returns to his roots, delivering pained, pointed records for the core audience who had been there since the beginning. At points on Feed tha Streets III, Roddy seems to have perfected formulas that were already near-perfect. “Aston Martin Truck,” for example, is the arch-Roddy song. Wistful and buoyant at once, it’s a testament to wealth, but only insofar as it can give him a momentary jolt of adrenaline or an opportunity to help his friends and loved ones—and a song that hears him, for all the celebration, walk right up to the brink of startling confession when he notes that he’s “in love with lean.” This sort of emotional layering has always been central to Roddy’s work, but here it feels richer and deeper than ever. But Feed tha Streets III also hears Roddy pushing himself into fascinating new territory. “Twin,” his breathless collaboration with iconic Chicago rapper Lil Durk, forces him to alternately break the song’s rhythm and act as its metronome; “Stop Breathing” features some of the most intricate writing in his catalog, its cascading runs fine-tuned down to the syllable, evidence of an artist whose ambition and attention to detail grow in tandem with one another.

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