The pace at which Compton rapper Roddy Ricch has transformed street-level success and high-profile cosigns into commercial superstardom has been not just impressive, but a strong signal of a significant artist in the making. This year, he’s been nominated for three Grammys thanks to standout features on Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks in the Middle” and Mustard’s “Ballin.”

“A steady incline is the best thing,” he told The FADER’s Lawrence Burney during a recent interview at our New York City office. “You never wanna rise to the top too fast in anything.” His quiet maturity was on display over the 19-minute conversation — topics covered include the new album, his slain friend Nipsey Hussle, when he plans to leave music behind, and much more.



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