Rodarius Marcell Green, better known by his stage name Rod Wave, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Wave is noted for his strong vocal skills as well as his incredible ability to incorporate several music genres into his songs, particularly R&B and hip hop.
Rod Wave shot to the limelight in 2019 with his single “Heart on Ice.” The song went viral on various social networking platforms like YouTube and TikTok, just within weeks of its release. It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wave released his debut album, Ghetto Gospel, in 2019. The album was a smashing success, peaking at #10 on the U.S Billboard 200.
Wave’s second studio album, Pray 4 Love, was released in 2020. The album was also a commercial success. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and included what would become one of Rod’s most popular singles – “Rags2Riches.”
Rod Wave released his third studio album, SoulFly, in 2021. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming Wave’s first chart-topping album. ‘SoulFly’ contained a number of high-charting songs, including the singles “Richer” featuring Polo G, “Tombstone,” and “Street Runner.” “Tombstone” is considered Rod’s highest-charting track to date. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rodarius Marcell Green was born on August 27, 1998, in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. There’s little information about his parents and family.
Rod Wave launched his music career in 2016. He immediately began working on his mixtape titled Rookie of the Year. The mixtape was self-released on July 25, 2017, and is mostly available in digital format.
Wave self-released another mixtape titled, Hunger Games Vol.1, on December 12, 2017. He followed up with several self-released mixtapes before signing with Alamo Records.
Rod Wave released three mixtapes under his contract with Alamo Records. They include Hunger Games 2 (May 25, 2018), Hunger Games 3 (December 7, 2018), and PTSD (June 14, 2019). The mixtape PTSD included what would become Wave’s breakout single, “Heart on Ice.”
On November 1, 2019, Rod Wave released his debut studio album with Alamo Records, titled Ghetto Gospel. The album peaked at #10 on the U.S Billboard 200. It also peaked at #7 on the U.S R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and #5 on the U.S Rap Albums Chart, before eventually earning gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Rod Wave followed up with his second album, Pray 4 Love, on April 3, 2020. ‘Pray 4 Love’ outperformed ’Ghetto Gospel.’ The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, #2 on the U.S R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and #1 on the U.S Rap Albums Chart. It also peaked at #54 on the Canadian Albums Chart before being certified platinum by the RIAA. Several songs from the album performed exceptionally well on the Billboard Hot 100. A notable one is “Rags2Riches,” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rod’s highest-charting single as at that point.
On March 26, 2021, Rod Wave released his third and last studio album so far – SoulFly. The album peaked at the number one positions on the U.S Billboard 200, the U.S R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and the U.S Rap Albums Chart. It also peaked at #16 and #68 on the Canadian Albums Chart and the Irish Album Charts, respectively. ‘SoulFly’ has since been certified gold by the RIAA.
The following are some of Rod Wave’s most successful singles from his various albums:
• “Heart on Ice” from the mixtape PTSD and studio album Ghetto Gospel –Certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
• “Cuban Links” (featuring Kevin Gates) from the album Ghetto Gospel – Certified gold by the RIAA.
• “Close Enough to Hurt,” “Sky Priority,” “Poison,” “Abandoned,” and “Dark Conversations” from the album Ghetto Gospel – Each certified gold by the RIAA.
• “Green Light” and “Brace Face” from the album Ghetto Gospel – Each certified platinum by the RIAA.
• “Pray 4 Love,” “Thug Motivation,” “The Greatest,” “Thief in the Night,” “Fuck the World,” and “Through the Wire” from the album Pray 4 Love – Each certified gold by the RIAA.
• “Dark Clouds” and “Girl of my Dreams” from the album Pray 4 Love – Each certified platinum by the RIAA.
• “Street Runner” from the album SoulFly – Certified platinum by the RIAA.
1. Be consistent
Rod Wave has released songs consistently since he broke onto the music scene in 2016.
2. Strive to excel yourself
Wave believes in constantly smashing the limits of his achievements. That’s mainly evidenced by the fact that each of his successive albums outperformed the previous one.
3. Stay humble regardless of your achievements
Rod Wave is noted for his humility. He’s one of the few rappers who have successfully stayed away from reputation-damaging scandals.
• An apology without change is just manipulation.
• Before it gets better, it’s gon get worse.
• Dreams come true, you gotta chase it.
• Music saved my life.
• My darkest times taught me to shine.
Rodarius Marcell Green is one of the most accomplished rappers of his generation. Rod has released plenty of smashing tracks and albums over his 5-year-long rapping career. His various musical endeavors have earned him a net worth of $3 million as of December 1, 2021.