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Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial is Roddy Richh's debut studio album which was released on December 6, 2019 by Atlantic Records & Bird Vision.

Album BackgroundEdit

In an interview with Revolt, the album's audio engineer Chris Dennis uncovered some of the album's recording sessions. Dennis recalls first meeting Roddy Ricch at a studio session one a day in March 2019, whereafter they "just kept working ever since then" from that day on.

Ricch had just returned to the US after touring with Post Malone on the European leg of Post Malone's "Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour". Ricch's label wanted to start working on his debut album (something which Ricch also expressed interest in).

Dennis says they spent a "solid year" working on the album, changing tracklists constantly and recording new music. He used production software Plugin Alliance which, he explained, "has no latency in the recording on any of the plugins".

For the album, Ricch didn't want to employ a lot of effects or reverb, because "he likes his stuff really clean, dry, and in your face. That was the learning curve in the beginning — getting his clean vocals. You also have to work fast because he can record a song in 10 minutes", Dennis stated.

For instance, "The Box" was recorded in roughly 15 minutes. On the track "War Baby", a choir was used, an idea Ricch came up with. The choir was arranged through Ricch's cousin.

Around 250 songs were recorded for the album. Dennis revealed a lot of those songs will instead appear on other people's albums.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Intro 2:15
  2. The Box 3:16
  3. Start Wit Me (featuring Gunna) 2:38
  4. Perfect Time 2:22
  5. Moonwalkin (featuring Lil Durk) 2:47
  6. Big Stepper 2:55
  7. Gods Eyes 2:15
  8. Peta (featuring Meek Mill) 3:18
  9. Boom Boom Room 2:47
  10. Elyse's Skit 0:23
  11. High Fashion (featuring Mustard) 3:40
  12. Bacc Seat (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) 2:52
  13. Roll Dice 2:50
  14. Prayers To The Trap God 2:40
  15. Tip Toe (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie) 3:05
  16. War Baby 3:15

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 101,000 album-equivalent units (including 3,000 pure album sales) in its first week. It is Roddy Ricch's first number one on the chart.

In its second week, the album fell to number three on the chart with 81,000 units, and in its third week, it remained at number three on the chart earning 73,000 more units that week.

During its fourth week, the album climbed to number two on the chart with 74,000 units In its fifth week, it regained the number one position on the chart, earning 97,000 album-equivalent units, an increase of 31% in total units over the previous week.

The album topped the charts for a third time with 95,000 units sold in its 8th week of release. It later returned to number one on the chart for a fourth time with 79,000 units sold in its 10th week on the chart.

On April 10, 2020, "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" was certified platinum by the RIAA for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over one million units in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

On Metacritic, "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" was given a score of 72 based on 4 critic reviews.

HipHopDX called it "the type of debut every breakout artist strives for. The album flaunts commercial appeal with hints of immense potential when it becomes more thoughtful, gritty and shows off Roddy’s knack for songwriting."

Pitchfork wrote: "Most rappers would sell their soul for his ability to shape his melody to latch onto any relevant sound, but everything here feels so safe."

Fred Thomas of Allmusic wrote: "At times, Please Excuse Me for Being AntiSocial feels like it's trying to offer something for everyone, and it becomes difficult to locate Ricch's personality among the different window dressings. Regardless, it's a strong collection and highlights how Ricch can mold himself into different styles and keep things exciting in almost any stylistic configuration."

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