Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and producer Rich Delinquent reveals the poignant core at the heart of his stripped-back electronic-emo sound in his debut album Sadboi.
Unafraid to discuss the harsher realities of depression and anxiety, Rich Delinquent channels his feelings around life and love into Sadboi. Fearlessly examining the complexities of relationships, addiction, and the pursuit of passion through his songwriting, Rich Delinquent utilizes his lyricism and emotive vocals to fully express himself in his first full-length body of work. Incorporating a full spectrum of genres, emo, R&B, and hip hop elements seamlessly interweave with Rich Delinquent’s stirring electronic production. The project represents the artist as a triple-threat, showcasing his singing, songwriting, and production skills over the course of a compelling ten-song journey.
Sadboi is out now on all streaming platforms, and in an EARMILK exclusive, he shares deep details on each of the album’s tracks in his own words below.
Life moves so fast and chaotically, yet can feel so slow at the same time, Inhale, Exhale is a reminder to take a moment to breathe and collect yourself before you lose your mind. The combination of the calm and intense sections of the song sum up this juxtaposition perfectly.
Being the first song on the album, you’re made aware that you’re about to enter the world of Sadboi… And you’re in for a ride.
No time to waste here, we’re straight into Bad Time, a song that derives itself from a real experience filled with my demons and horrible decisions. Who would have thought being alone, intoxicated with strippers would have been a bad time. Reflecting on the situation and its potential terrible outcomes, it become apparent that you should never dance with the devil. The high energy production represents the rush you get from substance, whilst the lyrics are directly from my inner dialog of coming to terms with the ‘Bad Time’.
Ever see the beauty in someone who can’t see it in themselves?
You feel helpless, as every attempt to show them their imperfect perfection fails to rescue them from their own mind that has fabricated a cycle of negativity. But you never quit supporting and loving them for who they are because you understand the hell they go through on a daily basis.
This is “She’s Happy?” hopefully this songs upbeat music can help you realise that you’re perfectly imperfect.
And here we are at Sadboi. The song that sums up the entire album, It’s a “fuck you” to your demons, to the people that didn’t have your back, who told you no and not to follow your heart. I have made peace with my life decisions up to this point, good or bad and I’m happy I’m a SADBOI. You should be proud of the person you are no matter what the outcome of those decisions are if you have been true to yourself.
“I’m the Controller”
Break-ups suck! They can completely consume you, dominating every thought you have especially when you keep going back to each other. But this is the point where we take the control back and overcome the tsunami of emotions and confrontations. A powerful beat underlays the entire track to represent the authority we have over ourselves and that we won’t let this horrible part of relationships consume us anymore.
Interlude time. you might need to recoup after the first half of the album but I’m having none of that, here we sonically destroy everything because that’s the only way we know how to heal.
“Cocaine Late Nights”
Combining fragmented, futuristic synths and emotion-drenched lyrics, ‘Cocaine Late Nights’ is a heart-on-sleeve modern pop banger that draws from the paranoid undertones of betraying your lover and realising you have wasted your love. Another anthem to overcome another bad decision.
Let’s run away from our problems for a moment, together, to this avant-grande pop piece with its progress bass lines and grounded duet. We are Renegades that can’t be saved from each other, prefect for each other yet totally destructive together. So we fleet with our emotions and see where they get us on this journey.
Realising that the relationship you’re deeply in is actually falling apart due to manipulation, you’ve been gaslit at every turn and you are just starting to see your lover’s true colours. The entire musical bed pumps up and down along with the rollercoaster of being gaslit. Should you run or fight? Gaslighting will guide you through the turmoil.
“Quick Love Pt. 2 / Inside My Head”
This song is but a shoutout to my day ones and a book end to the album taking a vocal sample from every previous song and tying them together into a new song just seemed like the perfect way to sum up this emotionally saturated, sonically futuristic album that is Sadboi.
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