/  01.18.2022

Rod Wave is back in business. Yesterday (Jan. 17), the Floridian talent liberated “Cold December,” his first official release of 2022. The single sees production from TnTXD, ThatBossEvan, JB, and Luke Walker and — much like the rest of his discography — sees Wave delivering emotionally charged lyrics about solitude and wanting to be loved by a special someone during the holiday month:

I need your all each and every day, if I can’t then I’ll fade, And I don’t mean to rush, but I easily fall in love, uh, in my head I know that that ain’t right, but I believe in first sight, yeah, we can fall in love right here tonight, run away and be together for life, no more cold Decembers, lonely cold Decembers…”

Courtesy of Reel Goats, fans can also check out an accompanying visual for “Cold December,” which begins with a profound message for viewers:

Selfish people often mistake selfishness for strength. It takes no talent, no intelligence, no self-control, and no effort to sacrifice other people for your ego.”

The rest of the clip sees Rod Wave out in the snowy mountains, chopping wood, warming up by a fire, and sitting at a dining room table, all while reflecting on (or imagining about) his apparent love interest elsewhere with another man (played by Ahmad2Groovy). It’s definitely the kind of melancholy imagery that Rod Wave has become so well-known for.

Last year, Rod Wave liberated his third studio LP SoulFly, which came with 19 songs and a single feature from Polo G on the standout single “Richer.” Months after its initial release, he would upgrade SoulFly with a Deluxe edition, adding on nine cuts and collaborations alongside Kodak Black and Lil Durk. All-in-all, the project became Wav’s first number one on the Billboard 200 thanks to 130,000 first-week album equivalent units — SoulFly has also since crossed the Platinum mark.

Press play on “Cold December” below.

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