Royce Cornell Davison-Rodriguez[4] (born September 19, 1996), better known as Ugly God, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. 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 Cornell Davison-Rodriguez [1]
Also known asPussy Bacon[1]
Royce Rodriguez
Born (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 27)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
OriginGulfport, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instrument(s)
Years active2015–2023
LabelsAsylum Records (formerly) [3]
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 Cypher alongside Playboi Carti, MadeinTYO, and XXXTentacion. As of July of 2023, the Cypher has over 53 million views on YouTube.[5]

His debut mixtape The Booty Tape was released in 2017, via Asylum Records, followed up by his debut studio album released in 2019, Bumps & Bruises.

Early life Edit

Royce Cornell Davison-Rodriguez was born on September 19, 1996, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rodriguez would then move to the north side of Houston, Texas where he'd live for the majority of his life. He played basketball for the Gulfport High School basketball team in Gulfport, Mississippi.[6] He was born to an Afro-Dominican father and an African-American mother. On his upbringing, He 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." Davison-Rodriguez grew up speaking both Spanish and English.[7]

Career Edit

2015–2017: Career Beginnings, "Water", and The Booty Tape Edit

From 7th to 10th grade, he used the handle 'Pussy Bacon'.[8] He changed his name to the famous 'Ugly God' because of social reasons, and his parents.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] The song debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100, and later reached number 80 on the chart.[12][13] "Water" peaked on the On-Demand Streaming Songs chart at No. 47 on February 11, 2017, it also peaked at No. 34 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[14]

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 26. 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.[15][16] The song garnered over 15.5 million streams on SoundCloud. On August 4, 2017, Ugly God released his debut mixtape titled The Booty Tape.[17] It charted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200.[18]

2018–present: "BOOM!", Just a Lil Something Before the Album..., and Bumps & Bruises Edit

Davison-Rodriguez was featured on the song "Boom!" by Lil Yachty, featured on the album Lil Boat 2, which was released on March 9, 2018.[19] "Boom!" peaked at No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100.[14] Ugly God released the EP just a lil something before the album... ahead of his upcoming debut album, Bumps & Bruises.[20] It was released on April 23, 2018, and consisted of 4 tracks: "Leave a Tip" (featuring Splash Dexter), "WEWANTALLTHESMOKE", "BITCH WHERE MY HUG AT", and "Tropics". It featured production from Nikki Bunkin, Shoki, and Red Drum. Ugly God also announced he would soon have two more projects released: Bumps & Bruises, which would be his debut album, and an EP named 777.[21]

On March 27, 2019, Ugly God announced he would be releasing a single, saying he had not dropped anything in a "hot minute". At midnight Eastern Standard Time Ugly God released "Hello", featuring Lil Pump.[22] On May 10, Ugly God released another single "Lost in The Sauce." with the music video coming out a day after on may 11. On July 13, he announced the release date for Bumps & Bruises and showed the tracklist on July 17. On August 9, Ugly God released Bumps & Bruises 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 782 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 621 thousand Soundcloud streams. As the only other feature on the album, Ugly God worked with Takeoff of Migos on the song "Hold Up", which has garnered 3.5 million streams on Spotify.[23][24][25] As of July 1, 2023, "Hello" and "Lost in the Sauce" have 5.1 million and 2.24 million streams on SoundCloud respectively.

In August 2023, Ugly God was taken in as a suspect in the murder of his close friend's father. He is currently in custody.

Discography Edit

Studio albums Edit

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[26]
US
R&B/HH

[27]
Bumps & Bruises[28]
  • Released: August 9, 2019
  • Label: Asylum
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
46 28

Extended plays Edit

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
Two Piece
  • Released: May 29, 2023
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Mixtapes Edit

List of mixtapes, with chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[26]
US
R&B/HH

[27]
US
Rap

[30]
US
Ind.

[31]
The Booty Tape
  • Released: August 4, 2017
  • Label: Asylum
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
27 18 14 15
UGLYGOBLIN[32][33]
(with Rizzoo Rizzoo)
  • Released: January 3, 2020
  • Label: The Sauce Familia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles Edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[34]
US
R&B/HH

[35]
"I Beat My Meat" 2016 Non-album single
"Water" 80 34 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"

Other charted songs Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[34]
US
R&B/HH

[35]
"Boom!"
(Lil Yachty featuring Ugly God)
2018 88 43 Lil Boat 2

Guest appearances Edit

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
"Gang Shit" Lil Pump
"New Glock" Famous Dex Dexter the Robot
"Humble Yahself" 2017 Max P
"Wya? (Remix)" Wifisfuneral Boy Who Cried Wolf
"1Day" PnB Rock Catch These Vibes
"Lied" DJ Flipp, Smokepurpp
"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"
"Virgil" 2020 Casanova, Duke Deuce N/A

References Edit

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