Roddy Ricch - Live Life Fast
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"...all fast things must slow down at some point, or life will force you to stop" - Roddy Ricch on llf
Live Life Fast marks Roddy Ricch’s second studio album. He is an artist that has put himself amongst superstars, with the success of The Box and his previous album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. An absolute stellar body of work, Live Life Fast is an album that has a lot of work cut out if it is to be seen in the same light. Sad to say, this album is not what I thought it would be.
The artist from Compton, California starts off beautifully, with the intro llf (live life fast) essentially setting the premise of the album and the meaning of Live Life Fast – using your time wisely as you can never get it back. He takes us through a long journey of 18 songs, with all expressing different ways of living life to the fullest and using up your time. He enlists a good set of artists for features, which includes Future, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, Alex Isley (Good & Plenty, Mine, etc.) and Takeoff. Jamie Foxx acts as a guest cameo speaking on Roddy Ricch. He experiments more with his production. For example, the beginning of moved to miami sounds like something off of a PES 2009 soundtrack. However, this song featuring Lil Baby is one of the few songs that I appreciate from the album. He also has a drill song, murda one, featuring Fivio Foreign, but this song doesn’t move me.
Out of 18 songs, my only favourites are late at night (his single for the album), moved to miami, rollercoastin and crash the party. The rest, I will probably not play again. It’s not to say that the album was absolutely bad, there’s just nothing special about it. For an artist like Roddy Ricch who has made a name for himself in the US scene, you cannot make a body of work to follow up from Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial like this. Furthermore, the features do not add anything extra to their songs. Out of all the features, 21 Savage and Lil Baby shined. To add on, the quality of beats seem very lazy, almost like they were just ‘Roddy Ricch type beats’. His content of lyrics is indifferent to what he says; if anything, they match up more to the album title and his fast rapper lifestyle. But because it's indifferent, there's nothing that he does say that makes a difference in the album. The only content I can truly point out is from the intro and his perspective of time and living life fast.
Honestly, I’m giving this tape a 4/10. To give it a 5 would be generous. It’s disappointing. Out of 18 songs, I don’t think you can find 9 songs that you will be playing by yourself, so I can’t give it anything close to average. That being said, I wouldn’t call it absolutely trash, just not good, especially for someone of his calibre. However, I can appreciate the attention to detail in the album cover, essentially him in a car speeding, representing living life fast. It’s also an homage to the late Nipsey Hussle and his Victory Lap album cover. But, the album cover is not the music, and the music doesn’t match up to the standards that he’s set himself. I hope he does better on his next body of work because he's definitely capable of making better music.