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Published on April 5th, 2019 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Rod Wave – Tru Story

Carrying the weight of his St. Petersburg, FL community on his shoulders, Rod Wave crafts soulful and moving rap bangers. Chronicling his recent rise in the context of his emotional struggles, Rod Wave shares “Tru Story,” his latest video. Driven by gently-plucked acoustic guitar and fluttering synth strings, Rod walks through his motivations for becoming a successful rapper on “Tru Story,” thanking the lord for his success, and differentiating himself from his fellow artists with his signature melodics: “Fuck yo favorite rapper/He ain’t gansta as he seems/I done met a lotta rappers, they don’t live the life they say they live/They don’t do the things they say they did.” In the video, Rod posts up in front of his new house, a gorgeous new mansion on a huge plot of land, throwing his cash and riding his ATV, all interspersed with images of Rod performing for sold-out crowds. “Tru Story” is the latest in a line of loosies from Rod Wave, following February’s “Hard Times,” which has over 758k plays on YouTube, and the music video for “Popular Loner,” which takes a behind-the-scenes look at Rod’s rise.

With music that Moneybagg Yo described as “street gospel,” Rod Wave has an inimitable style using his acrobatic vocal talent to inject lived-in emotion to his songs. In December, Rod Wave shared Hunger Games 3, his most complete mixtape to date. Bounding between octaves and effortlessly switching from percussive rhymes to soaring melodies, Rod triumphantly celebrates his rising star status on “Yessir!,” reflects on his friends’ struggles with drug addiction on “Numb,” and flexes his pen game in the extended metaphor “Heart 4 Sale.” Featuring production from the likes of Go Grizzly and Drum Dummie, and boasting the Moneybagg Yo-featuring “Feel The Same Way,” which has over 1.2 million views on YouTube, Hunger Games 3 is a generous showcase of Rod’s supernatural sense of soul.


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