After a hiatus of nearly two months, “Cold December” serves as Rod Wave’s first release of 2022. Throughout the track, Rod sings about a woman who he has immense love for backed with a heavy Americana sound. The title of the track represents the feeling of loneliness around the holidays, but optimistically, Rod explains how he’ll have somebody to spend the holidays with.
“Cold December” first surfaced as a snippet through Rod’s Instagram story in the summer of 2021; being leaked shortly afterward. Despite the track receiving positive reception, Rod took to Instagram live in October and stated:
I’ll probably never drop that song, man. I have gotta switch the verse around on that bitch.
Despite the song being in an unreleased state, Rod decided to perform the song in concert, later posting on a short snippet of the performance on Instagram, captioning it:
Cold December Ain’t Out Yet The Ppl In Nashville Already Word 4 Word💯🖤
Before the song officially dropped, Rod took to Twitter on several occasions teasing the song, saying:
As well as posting the same live snippet found on Instagram with the caption: