Rod Wave has become a massive star with his brand of pain music: melodic, R&B-influenced rap that lays bare the trauma of the hustle. His ascent from the streets of Florida to sold-out shows with enraptured audiences is unlikely, and no one's more aware of that than Wave himself, a feeling he explores in his new song "Stone Rolling."
Over a morose beat driven by a gentle guitar melody, Wave writes from a place where his dreams of traveling the world have been fulfilled. For a brief moment, the spell his fast-paced lifestyle casts over him has broken, and he croons longingly about a future with roots: no drugs, no leeches in his circle, and a spot by the beach for his kids. "The grass is always greener" is a cliche, yes, and the fact there is truth in cliches is also a cliche. But Rod Wave has a way of making even the most tired tropes feel rediscovered through his voice.
Rod Wave's new album Beautiful Mind is out on August 12 via Alamo. Watch the "Stone Rolling" music video above.