Interview: Rockie Fresh
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:26:09
Rockie Fresh has got some stories to tell. He consistently brings his raps to life with a cinematic flare, painting pictures through artfully crafted tight wordplay. That's why he's become one of hip-hop's brightest young stars, and he's Driving 88 to the top of the entire game. At the same time, it feels like his best work looms on the horizon, which makes watching him all the more exciting.
Right now, the Chicago MC is packing clubs and theaters alongside G-Eazy. The both of them represent the genre's next era, and it's exciting to feel the palpable enthusiasm surrounding their rise.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Rockie Fresh discusses the tour, when he first saw Back to the Future, and so much more.
It feels like this is a special tour for you and G-Eazy.
G-Eazy and I are both at really cool points in our career. To be able to combine both of those energies and go on tour is truly dope. The first shows have been sold out. They've been some of the best shows I've ever had. I expected it to be this way when we first started talking about it. It's something I'm excited to see come to fruition.
As it's so important to you, when did you first see Back to the Future?
I first saw Back to the Future when I was a little kid. It's one of my mom's favorite movies too. I was out in Los Angeles staying at a friend's crib, and the movie happened to come on. I was just watching it. Being an artist, I saw it on a deeper level. I also liked the style elements of it from the car to the different things they have. Driving 88 went a lot farther than I expected it to. It was much bigger.
Fresh Veggies also holds that kind of significance.
Definitely! That project is special to me because Casey has always been a friend of mine. You see how close are lives come as far as him growing up in Los Angeles and me growing up in Chicago. We can relate to each other. There's a brotherhood. For Puma to get behind us, give us both deals, push our mixtape, it's a really special thing. Having Hit-Boy and Lunice produce on the project also made it really cool for my friends to be a part of it. I love the music on it. It proves young people can work together and create something special. I like Fresh Veggies a lot. [DatPiff.com link]
What's been inspiring you lately?
I've been listening to a lot of older albums recently. I've been listening to John Legend's Get Lifted, André 3000's The Love Below, Some Nights by Fun., Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, and all of those heavily. As far as what I've been watching, I've been watching a lot of old Eddie Murphy movies from the nineties. I like the style of the movies and the aspect of the comedy. I just started watching the show Weeds. I'm super late on it, but I'm inspired by it.
Is it difficult to record on the road?
It's not hard. I might do some recording if I feel inspired on the road, but I want to open my mind open up to some new things and take some different things in so when I go back to the studio for a long period of time I can draw from that inspiration and what I learned on the road and the people I interacted with.
I'm enjoying touring, and I'm excited to be on the road. I'll be here for the next two months. I'm just doing that. I'm getting inspired to make more new music for the album. That's what I'm focused on right now. I'll probably drop some songs while I'm on the road. I'm thrilled to tour and work on better music than I ever have before.
What's your favorite Rockie Fresh song?
Rockie Fresh - What Ya Used To (feat. Hit-Boy)