Best Of 2021

Best hometown Billboard No. 1: Rod Wave

Rod Wave

Last year, the 21-year-old rapper told Billboard that his first gigs were $500 guarantees for school night strip club shows 20 minutes away from home. All his friends showed up and sang every word, so the promoter booked him over and again. By spring 2020, Wave, real name is Rodarius Marcell Green, was supposed to wrap his 22-date U.S. tour at Jannus Live, a 4.5-mile drive from his old stomping grounds at Lakewood High School. A few weekends ago, Wave played Tampa’s biggest venue, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, in support of a new album 'SoulFly' which earned him a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. @rodwave on Twitter.