Roderick Vonn
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Roderick Vonn

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop Pop




"Y'all Musta Forgot: RoderickVONN's I'm Almost Done Getting Ready!"

Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email
You know RoderickVONN. He's the other guy from JUZCOZ (the one that doesn't kind of look like Taye Diggs), the quixotic rap duo that charmed everyone with their EP Elektroklasik in 2009 and then curiously disappeared. He's on his own now, and he's just released his first solo effort, I'm Almost Done Getting Ready!.

Projected Y'allmustaforgotability: 99 percent

Read what Y'allmustaforgotability means.

Unassuming Line That Becomes Exceptional If You Sing It Loud Enough: From "CAMRY," a song metaphorically and literally about a 1996 Camry: "Put on my seatbelt and I drive the speed limit."

Line That Leads To An Awful Realization: From "ALL UR BASS R B-Long 2 US!": "What's right for you is wrong for us." Why? Because it leads to this:

Best Argument You Have With Yourself After Listening To It: Am I old now, and is RoderickVONN going to lead a revolution against me?

The short of it: IADGR is mostly brilliant, and certainly one of the most interesting music projects anyone in Houston has released recently. The whole thing has been dragged several times through a mechanized junkyard, resulting in varying gradations of autotuneyness. It is (or plays like, at least), a peek inside of VONN's brain, a place apparently filled with singing robots and digitized bass.

Remember how Kanye utilized all of the robotization of his voice on 808s and Heartbreak to convey an isolated hopelessness? VONN operates here in a manner that's generally the same, but specifically different. He simultaneously (a) distances himself from anyone uncool enough to naturally understand what he is doing (if you listen to it and say, "Oh, I get it, I see what he's doing," then you're uncool), while he; (b) attaches himself to everyone that is. It's unclear exactly how old VONN technically is, but he's certainly playing the part of someone young enough to not be in charge of anything terribly important.

IADGR is a counterculture album, with VONN prepping his listenership for a nonviolent protest (highlighted most readily by the opening track, "ALL UR BASS R B-Long 2US!"). It's not necessarily a revolt against authority as much as it is a revolt against authoritarianism. And he succeeds wildly here, even when he's not trying all that hard to directly do so.

Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own:

It's good to be specific when you're trying to impress people with your obscure facts, so try telling someone this when you mention the album to them: you know, I saw Roderick perform one time as part of JUZCOZ at this lounge downtown. He had this guy on stage with him that was apparently his dancer or something. He was a skinny guy, kinda alt looking, great big hair. Anyway, a few weeks later I was at the Children's Museum and saw that same guy working there. Crazy. I always assumed guys like that - guys that dance at rap shows and look alternative - just sort of lived in the trees or something." Now you're looking like a genius, son. - Houston press





RoderickVONN is about to release his debut album, much to the excitement of his fans. With the album expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, electro-hip-hop orchestral sound that he has made his own is certain to gain interest from across the globe. The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence from some of his favorite artists and the limitless nature of hip hop. He taught himself how to produce tracks at the age of 12 because he couldn’t afford to buy them. After realizing that making music was his destiny, he began to showcase his talent in various venues across Houston, in a group called JUZCOZ, making sure that his name and music were being heard by as many people as possible. they were quickly noted for the unique style that they brought and the beats he produced. He learned a valuable lesson working with his partner in crime Chilawil,…It’s all about the Show just as much as its about the music. Finally RoderickVONN has stepped out to work on his upcoming SOLO PROJECT, wich he’s very excited about so check it out and get to know the experience that is RoderickVONN!