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Open Space: Roddy Ricch

After the release of his explosive hit “Die Young” in July 2018, Roddy Ricch has been a lot of places and met a lot of faces, but has never forgotten about his roots in Compton. In our latest Open Space, watch the latest Dreamchaser open up about his start in music, what he’s learned from Meek Mill, and his latest project ‘Feed Tha Streets II.’ Peep it above.

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Open Space: Buddy

“I just wanted to shine a light on the city. Show the city off, it’s beautiful.” When Buddy stopped by Mass Appeal headquarters to shoot his episode of “Open Space,” he was armed with Cali’s finest tree leaves and a gang of stuff to talk about, from being signed by Pharrell as a teenager and reconnecting with him to work on his debut album, Harlan and Alondra, to the origin of his A$AP Ferg collab “Black” and his love for fellow Cali native 03 Greedo, a “living legend.”

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Open Space: RJ

RJ spoke on how Snoop inspired him to become a rapper, and how he handled the backlash from those who doubted his right to call himself “Mr. L.A.” And yes there was a backlash. “I’m loyal to my soil,” reasons RJ, who also spoke on how his issues with 03Greedo first arose, and how the two managed to defuse the tension with an epic lyrical battle onstage.

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Open Space: 03 Greedo

Born and raised in Watts, he made his way through “every ghetto, every city” Compton, Sacramento, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas. During his time incarcerated he listened to audiobooks, particularly ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ But it was the audio artistry that really changed his life. “Even if you never got shot or got told on or been to jail, it’s just thumpin’,” he says. Catch a very special edition of Open Space right now.

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Open Space: Yung Pinch

“Everything I say is woke,” says Yung Pinch, the long-haired Cali rapper who put Huntington Beach on the map with his ‘714Ever’ project. “I have a positive message.” But his upbringing was. Check out Pinch’s Open Space interview to learn about what his neighbor YG told him about repping Cali. As Pinch puts it, “Game all over the place, you just gotta soak it.”

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Open Space: Rexx Life Raj

Rexx Life Raj was raised under the influence of a Black Panther—not in Wakanda but in Berekely, CA, where his father was affiliated with the Black Panther Party. “My pops really fucked with Malcolm X,” the rapper explained during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. “Anything that was pro Black and for the people he was about. That was one of the main things he instilled in me, being conscious of who I am in society as a black man. And also being for the people. That’s what the party was—being for the people.”

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Open Space: Ty Dolla $ign

On the latest episode of MASS APPEAL’s “Open Space,” (which took place right around the album dropping) the multitalented Ty Dolla $ign, who’s rapped, sung, produced and written his way into a special echelon of musical artist, briefly recounts his impressive rise from being the feature on YG’s “Toot It and Boot It” to signing Kevin Liles as management before his first album hit. Learn that and more above.

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