Blessed with a special singing voice, and the knowledge of how best to use it, Florida's Rod Wave is taking his own path to the top of the game. Coming through with a soulful set of Southern sing-raps, the St. Petersburg native has developed a groundswell of regional support through a prolific output that includes 3 projects in the last 12 months. After generating millions of streams with breakout singles “Heart On Ice” and “Popular Loner,” both off June 2019’s PTSD project, Rod levelled up with Ghetto Gospel last November, a project which peaked #10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart on two separate occasions. With heavy use of organic instrumentation, including snaking electric guitars and warm organ swells, Ghetto Gospel gives a proper title to Rod's spiritual and nakedly-emotional blend of rap music, defined by Rod's unique singing ability, able to switch from a bluesy croon to rapid-fire triplets at a moments notice. The project, executive produced by Kevin Gates, boasted standout tracks like the "Heart On Ice" (Remix), which features an appearance from Lil Durk, and the Gates-assisted "Cuban Links."
Over the following six months, Rod's "Heart On Ice" single continued to grow, aided in part by a viral Genius Open Mic performance video that earned cosigns from Meek Mill and Saquon Barkley and everyone in between. The song would eventually earn Rod his first platinum certification and first #1 song on Urban radio, and peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The momentum from "Heart On Ice" earned Rod entry into the prestigious YouTube Artist On The Rise and Deezer's NEXT programs, and earned him the inaugural spot for Audiomack's Up Next program. All of this culminated in the release of Rod's debut album, Pray 4 Love, which debuted #1 on Billboard #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album, with no outside guest features, showcased Rod's versatility as both a singer and a rapper and was the most streamed album week of release. At only 21 years old, the sky is the limit for the young phenom from St. Petersburg.