In just two short years, Rod Wave evolved from a talented and promising artist into one of rap music’s most-streamed artists and best live performers.
On his new video “Already Won,” Rod reveals that being a budding superstar is much harder than it looks. Over a piano-led beat from Will-A-Fool, sampling the classic New Edition ballad “Can You Stand The Rain,” the St. Petersburg, FL native trades verses with fellow melodic master Lil Durk, their lyrics proving that the paranoia and pain don’t go away when you attain fame and fortune.
In the video, Durk and Rod belt their verses in a dark room, chronicling the story of an aspiring rapper’s journey from the streets to stardom. Whether they follow Durk’s slow burn or Rod’s meteoric rise, any aspiring artist can learn a valuable lesson from the new video: even after you’ve won, the hard work is far from over.
Peaking at No. 60 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Already Won” is a highlight track from Rod’s SoulFly (Deluxe) album, out now via Alamo Records.
“Already Won” arrives as Rod continues his “Rod Wave SoulFly Tour, Presented by Rolling Loud,” a 35-date tour that criss-crosses the United States. Rod has already performed in front of sold out crowds in major markets like Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, with fans belting each word of his hits and album cuts alike. With sold out dates to come in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Phoenix, and L.A., and low-ticket warnings in several other cities, Rod is solidifying himself as one of the most electrifying and emotional performers in the hip-hip space.