Please excuse Roddy Ricch for being the opposite of antisocial to borrow the title from his breakout album. The rapper is simply concerned about the senseless violence he’s witnessing in Los Angeles.
Ricch’s comments, posted on his Instagram Stories on Tuesday, came after PnB Rock’s Sept. 12 murder at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in south LA. The Philadelphia rapper, 30, was targeted for his jewelry by the Los Angeles Police Department, who suggest a location-tagged Instagram post by his girlfriend may have sparked the attack.
“LA! Normally I try to mind my own business and make the world go round, but we have to do better.” Richch wrote in a post that has now expired.
“It’s too much senseless violence. Too much opportunity and motivation to take on things others work hard for. It’s too much life to live to take someone else’s life.”
Authorities hope PnB Rock’s jewelry will lead them to their suspect. Pawnshops in the area were alerted.
“I love my town but we can’t go on like this,” wrote Ricch, real name Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., of Compton. “Before you know it, there will be no one left for you to take or kill.”
He’s not quite in the hyperbole realm, and the violence isn’t limited to Los Angeles. According to CNN, at least one big-name rapper has been killed by gun violence every year since 2018. XXXTentacion was filmed in Florida in 2018. Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in LA in 2019 and Pop Smoke was filmed in the Hollywood Hills in 2019. King Von was killed in Atlanta and Mo3 was gunned down on a Dallas highway, both in 2020. Young Dolph was knocked out in Memphis in 2021. And this is not a complete list.
“Let’s stay on point, stay conscious and find better ways to achieve our dreams,” added Ricch, 23, “because that’s going to become ALL NIGHTMARES.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-09-22/roddy-ricch-pnb-rock-shooting-killing-los-angeles-rappers Roddy Ricch rips L.A.: ‘It’s too much senseless violence’