Rod Wave: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Mano Sundaresan | April 29, 2021
The first song Rod Wave performs in his Tiny Desk concert comes with a bit of a wink. The St. Petersburg, Fla., rapper interpolates Drake's "Over My Dead Body," the delicate intro to Take Care. Like Drake, Rod Wave makes sad, melodic rap music. But his feels removed from the Canadian superstar's lineage. His cadences are more in step with the full-bodied crooning of Southern rap giants like Kevin Gates and Lil Boosie. It's been said that Rod Wave could be an R&B or blues singer in another era. With this Tiny Desk concert, anchored by the interplay of flute, piano, bass and drums, he seems to suggest: Why not this one?
Cast against a leafy, luxurious backdrop, Rod and his band deliver fiery renditions of three songs off his new album SoulFly, as well as his 2020 hit record "Rags2Riches." When he sings - about coming out of the trenches, about being away from his loved one, about perceptions of his artistry - you can feel the weight of those thoughts pouring out of every line. You can see it, too, in the way he shuts his eyes, grips the mic, sways back and forth. In light of his massive success - he's quite clearly one of the biggest rappers in the country right now - he could've treated this Tiny Desk like a victory lap, but instead, he brings the same heart and earnestness that's made him so beloved.
• "OMDB"
• "Rags2Riches"
• "Street Runner" (featuring Ruth B.)
• "Don't Forget"
• Rod Wave: vocals
• Gil Smith: piano
• Hosny Franck: drums
• Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis: flute, saxophone
• Franckelson Brunot: bass guitar, upright bass
• Video: Tyler Benz, Justin Staple, Albert Lago, Christian Cashmir, Tom Jordan, Tim Buttner, Andrew Ortoski
• Audio: Maceo Price for Skyballer Productions
• All The Smoke & Litewave Media
• Producers: Bobby Carter, Mano Sundaresan
• Video Producer: Maia Stern
• Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
• Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Bob Boilen
• Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
• Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#rodwave #tinydesk #nprmusic


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    3 dagen geleden

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  2. Tommy Boyd
    Tommy Boyd
    5 uur geleden

    The Band is tight AF🔥🔥🔥💯💯

  3. BeautifullyBlessed8457
    12 uur geleden

    My son loves him and I see why. He’s very talented and authentic 👏🏾

  4. R. JAY
    R. JAY
    14 uur geleden

    She makin me feel extravagant wit tha flute!

  5. Temarri P
    Temarri P
    16 uur geleden

    SIR respectfully You ain’t have to hit us with the tiny desk like this BLESSING us yes yes yes

  6. Fabricio Mendonça de Souza
    Fabricio Mendonça de Souza
    20 uur geleden

    Hey, so much talent! It's great, guys! have fun with these songs!

  7. swhite5656
    2 dagen geleden

    It was just ok.

  8. bigjj112
    2 dagen geleden

    I knew that was Frank Brunot on bass - O Town standUp

  9. sammy Baraza
    sammy Baraza
    3 dagen geleden

    my gf said this is not lit...guess who is single now

    1. BeautifullyBlessed8457
      12 uur geleden


  10. For Free
    For Free
    3 dagen geleden


  11. Big Dubb
    Big Dubb
    4 dagen geleden

    Why does he try to sing and cant find a note

  12. Tadaysha May
    Tadaysha May
    4 dagen geleden

    Why I’m just seeing this so mad at myself but hey I’m still here ✨😫

  13. Blake Gresham
    Blake Gresham
    5 dagen geleden

    So nobody gonna talk about the bit at the end of street runner

  14. jerrod satterfield
    jerrod satterfield
    5 dagen geleden

    Got pray for this man u can see he is got lot of pain

  15. Mike Nickerson
    Mike Nickerson
    6 dagen geleden

    You guys should reach out to kid cudi

  16. Mike Nickerson
    Mike Nickerson
    6 dagen geleden

    Rod wave got so many fire songs I wish he preformed a few different ones but still love the vid tho everyone’s so talented

  17. CJ Gunn
    CJ Gunn
    6 dagen geleden

    He came out his shell on “Don’t Forget “

  18. Chaotic Echo
    Chaotic Echo
    6 dagen geleden

    At 1:13 he snapped idk why this doesn't have more views

  19. Crik Crazyy
    Crik Crazyy
    6 dagen geleden


  20. scoobyman90 og
    scoobyman90 og
    6 dagen geleden

    Yall like anything huh lol his vocals are not artistic what so ever stick to rapping

    1. Nick Glidden
      Nick Glidden
      6 dagen geleden

      with a name like scoobyman90 i dont think anyone takes you seriously

  21. Lulu Coil
    Lulu Coil
    6 dagen geleden

    This is so good. I listen to it almost every day.

  22. Brandon Smith
    Brandon Smith
    7 dagen geleden

    lil freestyle on street runner tough ..

  23. Tykala Bates
    Tykala Bates
    8 dagen geleden


  24. Gel Sm
    Gel Sm
    8 dagen geleden

    No way this doesn't have a million plus views. He's so talented.

    1. NotUrAverageGrlGamer
      8 dagen geleden

      Exactly that’s crazy 🤦🏾‍♀️

  25. Keyuntae Featherson
    Keyuntae Featherson
    8 dagen geleden

    Street runner so hard

  26. Shell Bell
    Shell Bell
    8 dagen geleden


  27. Carl Morada
    Carl Morada
    9 dagen geleden

    BEST Concert 2021 hands down!!!

  28. Donthatecreate
    9 dagen geleden


  29. Quadale Zakee
    Quadale Zakee
    9 dagen geleden

    It really went from sway in the morning to npr tiny desk, who woulda thought

  30. Hip Hop Studio K
    Hip Hop Studio K
    9 dagen geleden


  31. Tamo-Gyampo Akawale
    Tamo-Gyampo Akawale
    9 dagen geleden

    His singing is just awful, lol. Like I had to stop what I was doing and see who tf was on my TV 🤣

  32. Tshepo Mahlalela
    Tshepo Mahlalela
    10 dagen geleden

    saw and heard this by mistake, by far the best mistake i done made!!! shout out to the BASSIST!!!!!

  33. Eddy Lugo
    Eddy Lugo
    10 dagen geleden

    Rods “yeahhh yeeee eeee yeahhh” are equivalent to kid cudis hums

  34. mykoo93
    10 dagen geleden


  35. c j
    c j
    10 dagen geleden

    This band 🔥🔥🔥

  36. Jevaughn Palmer
    Jevaughn Palmer
    11 dagen geleden

    Great performance rod 💯💯💯

  37. Mix-One Essentials
    Mix-One Essentials
    11 dagen geleden


  38. Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylor
    11 dagen geleden

    On God that live band be hitting something different 🔥🔥 Thank you 💯💯💯💯 Rod 🌊✊🏾

  39. Ras Rambo
    Ras Rambo
    11 dagen geleden


  40. Al B Shur
    Al B Shur
    11 dagen geleden

    & my boy frank was vibin to Rod, haha! Love to see the band be into the songs!

  41. Johnny Nguyen
    Johnny Nguyen
    11 dagen geleden

    this is sick since he did the orchestra performance and now this. Rags2Riches

  42. Hosny Franck
    Hosny Franck
    11 dagen geleden

    I’m glad to have been able to play drums!! 🥁

  43. Tamona Christian
    Tamona Christian
    11 dagen geleden

    Yasss Rod Yasss. I'm loving the lil neo soul vibe!!

  44. bahram oskooei
    bahram oskooei
    12 dagen geleden

    Alright, somebody comment the lyrics.

  45. C.R.E. A.M.
    C.R.E. A.M.
    12 dagen geleden

    Great morning vibe

  46. dceld09
    12 dagen geleden

    Love the drake tribute

  47. 415 Busa
    415 Busa
    12 dagen geleden

    OMDB and Don't Forget are the best songs on the album. Awesome that he performed them 👍

  48. T Mac
    T Mac
    12 dagen geleden

    I know thats rod wave and all but the BAND killed it as well

  49. Jill Watral
    Jill Watral
    12 dagen geleden

    Absolutely adore this man! ❤️🥰

  50. Daniel Mount
    Daniel Mount
    12 dagen geleden

    His singing sounds like my nan... dying. The rest is good tbf

  51. Donta deLoach
    Donta deLoach
    12 dagen geleden

    Wish they did Letter from Houston 😭

  52. Deaiddra Mackey
    Deaiddra Mackey
    12 dagen geleden

    Love Rod his music Always hit different 🖤☺

  53. 2100 Lal
    2100 Lal
    12 dagen geleden

    This man music really make me cry🤦🏾‍♂️

  54. Marcus Coburn
    Marcus Coburn
    13 dagen geleden

    need a Rod Wave x Morray Collab

  55. kenneth Reeves
    kenneth Reeves
    13 dagen geleden

    Is that chattaway ? question for Saint Pete natives only

  56. La'Queta
    13 dagen geleden


  57. Hak
    13 dagen geleden


  58. Omary Spraggins
    Omary Spraggins
    13 dagen geleden


  59. Don Mtambala
    Don Mtambala
    13 dagen geleden

    That second verse on street runner 🤩 wish he kept it on the song

    1. Colored Apples
      Colored Apples
      11 dagen geleden

      That a from an unreleased song called "be free"

  60. UrHighnessC9
    13 dagen geleden

    Stage collapsin only time y’all gon see Rod fall

  61. Armond Madison
    Armond Madison
    13 dagen geleden

    Bottom boy survivor💪🏿

  62. T
    13 dagen geleden

    Wish it would’ve been longer 🔥

  63. Angela Rain
    Angela Rain
    13 dagen geleden

    I cry he so good 🤧😭😢😥 Ok---- where he going to be in concert I'll go 😷 or no mask I lived after this!!!

    1. SlumpBaby_Dre
      13 dagen geleden


  64. Angela Rain
    Angela Rain
    13 dagen geleden

    Yessssss It's the whole thing for me....sang boy! B4-1m

  65. ZoneX
    13 dagen geleden


  66. jc76384
    13 dagen geleden

    That saxophone was soothing on the track don’t forget

    1. Still Me
      Still Me
      10 dagen geleden

      Flute too

  67. Darius Bowers
    Darius Bowers
    14 dagen geleden

    Don’t forget was the one that made me shed a tear no cap! You had to have went through this to feel this.

  68. Bella Lourd
    Bella Lourd
    14 dagen geleden

    I’m mad that had a END

  69. Bella Lourd
    Bella Lourd
    14 dagen geleden

    Oh my brother

  70. Kevin Antoini
    Kevin Antoini
    14 dagen geleden

    He didn’t put his all in jt

  71. t millz
    t millz
    14 dagen geleden

    Can yall get Yung Pinch on here pretty please

  72. seba
    14 dagen geleden

    What a beautiful person, thank you for making music

  73. Sy Ferguson
    Sy Ferguson
    14 dagen geleden


  74. Heavy Chevy
    Heavy Chevy
    14 dagen geleden

    Respect to Rod Wave ✊🏿 brotha did his thang.

  75. reem only
    reem only
    14 dagen geleden


  76. SLIM TIM
    14 dagen geleden

    Yoooo @8:52 had me rollin’😭😭 Rod know he came in too slow & w/ not enough vocals for that part🤣 but that’s still my guy tho💯

  77. Beunka Hollimon
    Beunka Hollimon
    14 dagen geleden

    I love his music sooo muchh

  78. SpookyScarySkeletons
    14 dagen geleden

    Such raw talent, he’s gotta classic album in him and I can’t wait to hear it when it drop

  79. Tyrique Adams
    Tyrique Adams
    14 dagen geleden

    @Rodwave the realist G that i can to relate to 🐐🔥

  80. trippy trav
    trippy trav
    14 dagen geleden

    Best way to start the morning with this...... IN MY FEELINGS 🖤🎶🔥

  81. multiplexspy 25
    multiplexspy 25
    14 dagen geleden

    Great vibes

  82. BoatFromVSG
    14 dagen geleden

    New alBum already

  83. MJ Holliday
    MJ Holliday
    15 dagen geleden

    Love the songs but you can keep that Drake 💩

  84. Peer
    15 dagen geleden

  85. Tiemoko Camara
    Tiemoko Camara
    15 dagen geleden

    the extended version of street runner 👌🏿

  86. De’Merick White
    De’Merick White
    15 dagen geleden

    I was just waiting for this video to drop !!! The beginning hit !!! And the band locked in S/O to the band

    15 dagen geleden

    Good job

  88. Beli Rotela
    Beli Rotela
    15 dagen geleden

    Amazing.... like allways I love tiny desk!! Please make one with Chet Faker!!!!

  89. Financial Beanstalk
    Financial Beanstalk
    15 dagen geleden

    NPR been CRUSHING the Tiny Desk Concerts lately. SO MANY GOOD ARTISTS!

  90. Ty Ty
    Ty Ty
    15 dagen geleden

    The last part he sung on street runner he should have put that on the song 🥰

    1. Ty Ty
      Ty Ty
      11 dagen geleden

      @Colored Apples thanks

    2. Colored Apples
      Colored Apples
      11 dagen geleden

      That a from an unreleased song called "be free"

  91. Anderson Mitchell
    Anderson Mitchell
    15 dagen geleden

    This gives me the chills

  92. Aaron Johnson
    Aaron Johnson
    15 dagen geleden

    That saxophone is hittin 🔥🔥🔥🔥

    1. Tomoka Sax
      Tomoka Sax
      15 dagen geleden

      Thank you 🙏

  93. KasualKeston
    15 dagen geleden


  94. Gabe Hoppe
    Gabe Hoppe
    15 dagen geleden


  95. Ashley Romero
    Ashley Romero
    15 dagen geleden

    I love his singing style, you can hear his insides coming out!! He's lovely

  96. Xavier Lugo
    Xavier Lugo
    15 dagen geleden

    Genuinely makes me so happy to see how far he’s came🥲

  97. Styles The Patterner
    Styles The Patterner
    15 dagen geleden


  98. Lowkey Shane
    Lowkey Shane
    15 dagen geleden

    Jesus christ bro

  99. Olara L. Lamara
    Olara L. Lamara
    16 dagen geleden

    It’s so effortless he could do this in his sleep.

  100. Mosh Kid
    Mosh Kid
    16 dagen geleden

    Saturday Morning listening with a cup of coffee and a bleez