Rod Wave – Nostalgia | Full Album Download
Rod Wave & 21 Savage|
52 minutes, 17 Songs|
With his latest album Nostalgia, Florida rapper Rod Wave continues mining his experiences growing up in humble circumstances to deliver thoughtful stories over moody trap-soul production. While it covers familiar ground, Nostalgia contains some of Rod Wave’s strongest writing as he reflects on the past with maturity.
As the title implies, Nostalgia finds Rod Wave in a wistful mood, his raspy vocals floating effortlessly over chilled-out, melancholic beats. Songs like “Way Up” and “Street Runner” feature evocative samples and piano lines that match Rod Wave’s introspective lyrics. He outlines childhood memories, losses of loved ones, and lessons learned the hard way. The songwriting consistently provides visceral snapshots of the struggles and realities Rod Wave faced growing up.
However, the album’s languid vibe can blend the tracks together at points. Some more vocal or beat changes could help differentiate songs that brood in a similar emotional space. The features from Jack Harlow, Lil Durk and Kevin Gates feel underutilized as well.
Overall though, Nostalgia shows Rod Wave’s continued refinement of his ability to immersively transport listeners into his world. There is a specificity and sincerity to his storytelling that gives the songs weight. While not quite reaching masterpiece status, Nostalgia contains some career highlights for the rising Florida talent. It’s an evocative journal from an artist whose pen game only grows sharper.