Blessed with a special singing voice, and the knowledge of how best to use it, Florida’s Rod Wave is taking his own path to the top of the game. Coming through with a soulful set of Southern sing-raps, Rod Wave levels up with Ghetto Gospel, his new project. With heavy use of organic instrumentation, including snaking electric guitars and warm organ swells, Ghetto Gospel gives a proper title to Rod’s spiritual and nakedly-emotional blend of rap music, defined by Rod’s unique singing ability, able to switch from a bluesy croon to rapid-fire triplets at a moments notice. Featuring the popular new single “Cuban Links,” which features an appearance from Ghetto Gospel executive producer Kevin Gates, and the “Heart On Ice” (Remix), which features an appearance from Lil Durk and has over 3 million streams across platforms, Ghetto Gospel is available everywhere via Alamo Records. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
To accompany the release of Ghetto Gospel, Rod shares the video for “Sky Priority,” the project’s opening track. A sweetly-sung track produced by FJ and Mook On The Beat, “Sky Priority” illustrates the many ways Rod’s life has changed since he started making music, growing from a troubled teenager stuck in the mud, to an acclaimed artist touring the globe: “I ain’t been getting no sleep, I been running the streets/I ain’t been home in two weeks, I been looking for peace/California on the beach, I’m low-key in the jeep.” The video is an action-packed travelogue, stringing together behind-the-scenes clips of Rod’s life opening for Kevin Gates on the “I’m Him Tour,” featuring clips of Rod performing for adoring fans, returning home to see his friends, and buying some shiny new jewelry.
Also featuring support from YK Osiris and SDot Fresh, Rod is currently traveling the country with Kevin Gates on the 33-date nationwide “I’m Him Tour.” The tour recently stopped in New York (Terminal 5) and makes its way to Los Angeles on November 27th (The Novo). Last week, Rod Wave shared the California-set video for “Close Enough to Hurt,” which earned over 1 million views on YouTube in less than one week. Earning more than 8.4 million on-demand catalog streams per week, Rod Wave looks to solidify his growing fanbase with Ghetto Gospel, and bring his inspirational take on Southern Rap to the masses.
“I’m Him Tour” dates:
November 1 – Richmond, VA – The National
November 3 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 4 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
November 6 – Augusta, GA – William B. Bell Auditorium, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
November 7 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Amphitheater At The Central Florida Fairgrounds
November 9 – New Orleans, LA – Uno Lakefront Arena
November 10 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
November 11 – Jackson, MS – Thaila Mara Hall
November 12 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
November 13 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
November 15 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
November 17 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
November 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
November 20 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Boise
November 21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
November 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
November 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
November 26 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
November 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo By Microsoft
November 30 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
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