Rod Wave

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Rod Wave
Rod Wave performing in Pittsburgh during his Beautiful Mind Tour, 2022
Rod Wave performing in Pittsburgh during his Beautiful Mind Tour, 2022
Background information
Birth nameRodarius Marcell Green
Born (1998-08-27) August 27, 1998 (age 25)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present

Rodarius Marcell Green (born August 27, 1998),[1] known professionally as Rod Wave, is an American rapper and singer. Signed to Alamo Records, Green is known for his strong voice and incorporation of hip hop and R&B,[1] and has been recognized as a trailblazer of soul-trap.[2]

Wave rose to fame with the 2019 single "Heart on Ice", which went viral on YouTube and TikTok and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Wave's debut album, Ghetto Gospel (2019), peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard 200.[4] His second album, Pray 4 Love (2020), peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200,[5] and included the song "Rags2Riches", which peaked at number 12 on the Hot 100. His third album, SoulFly (2021), debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 (marking his first chart-topping album).[6]


2016–2020: Early mixtapes, Ghetto Gospel, and SoulFly[edit]

Wave's career began in 2016, with the release of his mixtape Hunger Games Vol.1. He released several mixtapes independently prior to signing with Alamo Records. On June 14, 2019, he released his mixtape PTSD, which included the song "Heart on Ice". The song went viral on YouTube and TikTok, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Wave's debut album, Ghetto Gospel, was released on November 1, 2019. It peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard 200.[4] "Cuban Links" by Wave and Kevin Gates hit its peak at #92 on the BillBoard charts.

Rod Wave's second album, Pray 4 Love, was released on April 3, 2020. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, with a deluxe edition following on August 7. Several songs from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including "s" (featuring ATR Son Son),[7][8][9] which peaked at number 12 on the Hot 100 and became his highest-charting song.[10] On August 11, 2020, Wave was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[11] In July 2020, Wave revealed during an interview that he was working on his third album, which was originally scheduled for August 27, 2020,[1] Wave's 21st birthday.[12]

2021–2022: SoulFly and Beautiful Mind[edit]

He revealed the track list for his album SoulFly on March 6, 2021.[13][14] The album also includes songs "Street Runner" and "Tombstone", his highest-charting song which peaked at number 11 on the Hot 100.[15][16] In late 2021, Wave's release of the song "Nirvana" generated some controversy because many regarded the song as a suicide letter, which Wave denied.[17]

In January 2022, Wave released the single "Cold December". On May 1, 2022, he released a freestyle of Future's "Wait for U", in which he revealed his next album would be titled Beautiful Mind, while also announcing that he had turned the album in on April 25, 2022. The album was released on August 12, 2022.[17] After the album was released Wave decided to go on tour. His tour began November 11, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN. Wave went all cross the U.S. ending his tour in Seattle, WA on December 21, 2022. Wave was going from city to city every one to three days. While on tour Rod Wave had two other artist Toosi and Mariah the Scientist. Toosi and Mariah the Scientist opened for Rod Wave throughout the tour.

2023-present: Jupiter's Diary: 7 Day Theory and Nostalgia[edit]

On November 18, 2022, Rod Wave released an extended play entitled Jupiter’s Diary: 7 Day Theory. The EP only includes eight tracks. The project's song "Break My Heart" reached number 76 on the Billboard charts.

On September 15, 2023, Rod Wave released his fifth studio album Nostalgia.


Wave has been recognized for his "candor and shrewd ability to tug at listeners' heartstrings".[1] ABC News Radio's Rachel George noted that "music is a direct expression of Wave's life, which is why he's cautious yet open to working with other artists who share his passion".[18]

Personal life[edit]

Wave grew up listening to E-40, who was featured in his song "Calabasas", Chingy, Boosie Badazz, Chief Keef, Kanye West, and Kevin Gates, who would later be featured in his song "Cuban Links".[19] He has two twin daughters.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Work Award Result
2021[21] Billboard Music Awards Himself Top New Artist Won


  1. ^ a b c d Lamarre, Carl (July 28, 2020). "Why Rod Wave Might Be Writing Movie Scripts One Day". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Sacher, Andrew (November 20, 2021). "28 New Rap and R&B Songs Out This Week". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  3. ^ a b McKinney, Jessica (March 26, 2020). "12 Songs Blowing Up on TikTok (That Are Actually Worth Listening to)". Complex. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Billboard 200 chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Lamarre, Carl (July 28, 2020). "Why Rod Wave Might Be Writing Movie Scripts One Day". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "Rod Wave Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart with 'SoulFly'". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Rod Wave & ATR Son Son's "Rags2Riches" Officially Earns #1 at Urban Radio". January 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "ROD WAVE FT ATR SON SON | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
  9. ^ "Rod Wave's 'Rags2Riches' Becomes Second Song to Rule Both Top Triller Charts". Billboard.
  10. ^ @billboard-charts (August 17, 2020). ".@rodwave's "Rags2Riches," featuring..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Cline, Georgette (August 11, 2020). "XXL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS REVEALED". XXL. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "National Today:Rod Wave". Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  13. ^ "SoulFly✈️🖤🌍 3/26th The Return 🌊". March 6, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via RodWave on Instagram.
  14. ^ Marie, Erika (January 8, 2021). "Rod Wave Is All About His Business On "Street Runner" Single". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  15. ^ "Tombstone".
  16. ^ "Rod Wave Rules Hot 100 Songwriters Chart, Led by 'Tombstone' & More". Billboard.
  17. ^ a b Okon, Wongo (May 1, 2022). "Rod Wave Announces His Fourth Album 'Beautiful Mind' And Shares Its Release Date". Uproxx. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  18. ^ George, Rachel (July 28, 2020). "Rod Wave reveals the tracklist for the forthcoming deluxe version of 'Pray 4 Love'". ABC News Radio. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  19. ^ III, Robby Seabrook (March 13, 2019). "The Break Presents: Rod Wave – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Honore, Pretty (September 14, 2023). "Social Media Was Shocked That Rod Wave's Baby Mama Finally Showed Their Twin Daughters' Faces". Distractify. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  21. ^ "Student brings air pellet gun to Lakewood".

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