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Royce Rodriguez[4] (born September 19, 1996), better known as Ugly God, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and internet personality. He is best known for his 2016 song "Water", which peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2017.

Ugly God
Birth nameRoyce Rodriguez
Also known asPussy Bacon[1]
Born (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 23)
OriginHouston, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
LabelsAsylum[3]
Associated acts
Websiteuglygod.info

On June 13, 2017, Ugly God was named as one of the ten members of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class" where he performed his Freshman Freestyle alongside rappers Playboi Carti, MadeinTYO and XXXTentacion respectively. As of August 2019, the Freestyle has garnered over 39,000,000 views on YouTube.[5]

His debut album, Bumps & Bruises, was released on August 9, 2019 on Asylum Records.

Early lifeEdit

Royce Rodriguez was born on September 19th, 1996 in Indiana, where he would only live for a few months until moving to Cleveland, Ohio. After two years of living there, he and his family moved to Houston, Texas.[6] Rodriguez would then move to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he played basketball for his high school basketball team.[7] He was born to an Afro-Dominican father and an African-American mother. On his upbringing, Rodriguez said, "My mom and dad divorced, so I was raised in the South as a Black person. If you’ve been to Dominican Republic, you should know they have a lot of Spanish, dark Dominicans. They be Black as fuck just like me. My dad happened to be a Black Dominican and my mom’s Black. African-Americans and Latinos have it rough in the U.S.—I’m both, so I guess I’m double rough.". Rodriguez grew up speaking both Spanish and English.[8]

Ugly God started rapping while he was enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi where he wanted to become a computer engineer before dropping out.

CareerEdit

2015-2017: Career Beginnings, "Water", and The Booty TapeEdit

From 7th to 10th grade, he used the handle 'Pussy Bacon'.[9] He changed his name to the famous 'Ugly God' because of social reasons, and his parents.[10] He also states that he pioneered the name via improvisation when he exclaimed “I'm real Ugly”, which evolved into 'Ugly God'.

On July 27, 2015, he released his viral song "I Beat My Meat" through his SoundCloud account. This song has garnered over 33 million views. This was his third time uploading the song after his high school basketball coach made him delete it in fear of scaring away basketball scholarships.[11]

On March 16, 2016, he released his single titled "Water" on his SoundCloud account, before being released for digital download as a single on November 19, 2016, by Asylum Records.[12] The song debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100, and later reached number 80 on the chart.[13][14] "Water" peaked on the On-Demand Streaming Songs chart at #47 on February 11th, 2017, it also peaked at #34 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15]

In 2017, Ugly God received attention when he dropped a diss track targeted at himself named "Fuck Ugly God", which started when he tweeted "Fuck it. Im dropping an Ugly God disstrack tonight. Fuck that bitch ass nigga Ugly God. When I see him its on sight. Midnight eastern time." on June 26th. The lyrics mostly concerned things that had happened in Ugly God's life which were used for roasting himself. According to Vincent Caruso of Prefix Magazine, the roasts ranged from "deceptively mild" to "abjectly ruthless" to "frighteningly personal". Within the song, Ugly God claims he was "jumped on Halloween" 4 years ago (2013), the song was also featured on his mixtape The Booty Tape.[16][17] The song garnered over 13 million streams on SoundCloud.

On August 4, 2017, Ugly God released his mixtape titled The Booty Tape.[18] It charted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200.[19]

2018-Present: "BOOM!", Just a lil something before the album..., and Bumps & BruisesEdit

Rodriguez was featured on the song "Boom!" by Lil Yachty, featured on his album Lil Boat 2, which was released on March 9, 2018.[20] "Boom!" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100.[15]

Ugly God released the EP Just a Lil Something Before the Album ahead of his upcoming debut album, Bumps & Bruises.[21] It was released on April 23, 2018 and consisted of 4 tracks: "Leave a Tip", "WEWANTALLTHESMOKE", "BITCH WHERE MY HUG AT", and "Tropics". It featured rapper Splash Drexler, and had production from Nikki Bunkin, Shoki, and Red Drum. Ugly God also announced he would soon have two more projects released, Bumps and Bruises which would be his debut album, and an EP named 777.[22]

On March 28th, Ugly God announced he would be releasing a single, saying he hadn't dropped anything in a "hot minute". At midnight Eastern Standard Time Ugly God released "Hello", featuring rapper Lil Pump.[23]

On May 10, 2019, Ugly God released another single “Lost in The Sauce." with the music video.

On July 13th, he announced the release date for Bumps And Bruises and showed the tracklist on July 17th.

On August 9th, Ugly God released the Bumps & Bruises album as well as the deluxe version. The original had 14 tracks, while the deluxe had 16, with two singles ("Hello" featuring Lil Pump and "Lost in the Sauce") as bonus tracks to the album. On an interview with the show Everyday Struggle, Ugly God said on the album's release "It actually feels amazing to actually drop a body of music that, you know, I worked and put my all into, and that I'm super comfortable with—it feels fuckin' good." Ugly God and producer Tay Keith collaborated on the song "Batman", which currently holds 58.9 thousand streams on Soundcloud. Ugly God worked with other producers such as Reddrum, Nikko Bunkin, and others. Ugly God and rapper Wintertime collaborated on the song "Tell Me How You Feel", which currently has 55.5 thousand Soundcloud streams. As the only other feature on the album, Ugly God worked with rapper Takeoff of Migos on the song "Hold Up", which has garnered 119k streams on spotify.[24][25][26]

As of August 11th, "Hello" and "Lost in the Sauce" have 3.32 million and 1.2 million streams on Soundcloud respectively.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[27]
Bumps & Bruises[28] 46

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays
Title Details
Just a Lil Something Before the Album...[29]
  • Released: April 24, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[30]
The Booty Tape
  • Released: August 4, 2017
  • Label: Asylum
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
27

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
"I Beat My Meat" 2016 Non-album single
"Water" 80 The Booty Tape
"Fuck Ugly God" 2017
"No Lies"
"Walter"
(with Austin Makes Noises)
Non-album singles
"Lettetznow" 2018
"I'mma Dog"
(featuring PnB Rock)
"Hello"
(featuring Lil Pump)
2019 Bumps & Bruises
"Lost in the Sauce"

Guest appearancesEdit

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Rari" 2016 Carnage, Lil Yachty, Famous Dex non-album singles
"Gang Shit" Lil Pump
"New Glock" Famous Dex Dexter the Robot
"Humble Yahself"[31] 2017 Max P non-album single
"Wya? (Remix)" Wifisfuneral Boy Who Cried Wolf
"1Day" PnB Rock Catch These Vibes
"Lied" DJ Flipp, Smokepurpp non-album single
"Boom!" 2018 Lil Yachty Lil Boat 2
"Kathleen" Yung Gravy Snow Cougar
"Let It Eat" Comethazine Bawskee
"Chapter One" 2019 Wun Two Pirata
"Chapter Two"
"Chapter Three"
"Chapter Four"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ugly God Explains Where His NSFW Nickname Came From". The Fader. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/2018-soundcloud-rappers-guide.html
  3. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8021975/warner-relaunches-asylum-records-us-first-signing-ugly-god
  4. ^ https://repertoire.bmi.com/Catalog.aspx?detail=writerid&page=1&fromrow=1&torow=25&keyid=550451152&subid=0
  5. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ugly God - Profile". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  7. ^ https://hypebeast.com/2017/6/ugly-god-basketball-high-school
  8. ^ https://www.xxlmag.com/news/2019/01/ugly-god-kap-g-rico-nasty-how-being-latino-impacts-their-music/
  9. ^ djvlad (2016-12-15), Ugly God (Full Interview), retrieved 2017-08-27
  10. ^ "On The Come Up: Ugly God". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  11. ^ djvlad (2016-12-15), Ugly God (Full Interview), retrieved 2019-02-13
  12. ^ "Water – Single by Ugly God on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 (January 21, 2017)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ugly God – Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Ugly God Chart History". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  16. ^ Hooten, Christopher. "Rapper drops diss record about himself". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  17. ^ Caruso, Vincent. "Ugly God Unleashes Brutal, Self-Inflicted Diss Track "Fuck Ugly God"". prefixmag.com. Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  18. ^ "The Booty Tape by Ugly God on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Ugly God – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Lil Yachty - BOOM! (Audio) ft. Ugly God". YouTube. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Ugly God Treats Fans To "Just A Lil Something Before The Album" EP". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "UGLY GOD DROPS 'JUST A LIL SOMETHING BEFORE THE ALBUM' EP". xxlmag. XXL Magazine. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  23. ^ Zidel, Alex. "Ugly God & Lil Pump Team Up For New Single "Hello"". hotnewhiphop. Hot New Hip-Hop. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  24. ^ Espinoza, Joshua. "Stream Ugly God's Debut Album 'Bumps and Bruises'". complex.com. Complex. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Ugly God On Debut Album 'Bumps & Bruises,' Record Label Situation, Rap Fans & More|Everyday Struggle". complex.com. Complex. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  26. ^ Zidel, Alex. "Ugly God & Takeoff Of The Migos Connect On "Hold Up"". hotnewhiphop.com. HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  27. ^ @billboardcharts (August 19, 2019). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (2/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved August 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/news/id.52159/title.ugly-god-unveils-bumps-bruises-lps-tracklist/amp-context
  29. ^ https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/stream-ugly-gods-just-a-lil-something-before-the-album-ep-new-mixtape.118003.html
  30. ^ "Ugly God Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Ugly God Song Lyrics by Albums". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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