Rod Wave Bears His Emotions On “Thug Motivation”

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Rod Wave’s got up next.

Rod Wave is next up out of South Florida. Adhering to hip-hop’s stylistically-progressive direction, Wave is more of a singer than rapper who possesses a proclivity for melodies. Today, he continues that impressive ascent with his new single, “Thug Motivation.”

Following last year’s successful EP, Ghetto Gospel, home to the standout “Sky Priority,” Rod Wave’s first track of the year sets him up auspiciously for a successful 2020 campaign. Reaching into his sentimental bag, “Thug Motivation” is an introspective cut that shows how the burgeoning southern artist is more than just a naturally talented singer — he’s also an astute lyricist. 

First and foremost, seemingly, Rod uses his music cathartically, speaking from a deeply emotional space that mirrors his baritone-styled voice. At only 20-year-sold, Rod is a precocious musician who has a bright future ahead of him.   

“Thug Motivation” was released alongside a Dre Breas-directed visual: