Fresh off the release of his new EP The big 3Roddy Ricch isn’t afraid to join the conversation about being the greatest rapper of his generation.
In a recent interview with Power 106, the Los Angeles lyricist was asked to name the “Big 3” of his generation, with LA Leakers defining Justin Credible Roddy’s era as artists who are currently between 20 and 25 years old.
Roddy wasted no time making his choices and offered himself, YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Kodak Black.
It wasn’t long before Roddy’s comments sparked a social media debate, with NLE Choppa wondering why he wasn’t mentioned in the conversation.
Granted, Justin Credible and Roddy focused strictly on rappers between the ages of 20 and 25, making the 19-year-old Choppa ineligible. Nevertheless, the Memphis MC took to Twitter to argue his case, pointing out that his age is one reason why he should be considered in such a conversation.
“Best under 25. It’s crazy not to mention me when you realize I’m only 19,” Choppa wrote. “You don’t have to like my music, but my songs are unmistakable. 16 gold and platinum records, 6 songs over 100 million, 6 billion streams worldwide, sold out US tour, also currently sold out in EUROPE.
He continued: “You can’t compare me to no n***a. I am literally the youngest to do it and it is not one person my age who has done what I have done so far. Everyone else got a minimum of 3 years on average with me. Then I’m 3 years in the game and I’ve done more than a whole career already.
It’s worth noting that another rapper Roddy mentioned, YoungBoy, previously claimed that he doesn’t see himself competing with some of his contemporaries, including Ricch, Lil Baby, and DaBaby. In a September 2020 interview with Elliot Wilson, YB said there is no rivalry between him and those artists.
“That’s not it at all,” he told Wilson. “You could never compete with a person. None of those people decide [what I do] or I decide where they go. What they’re making and all that shit isn’t about what’s going on here and whatever. I don’t know what to say to that, but shit, no.”
The Baton Rouge rapper added: “Everyone is great at what they do, and it’s all different. We’re all different.”