MC Rockie Fresh, 21, has used his blend of alternative rock with rapid-fire flow to build a solid fan base. Those who were unfamiliar with the Chicago bred MC will soon receive a crash course, as his recent signing with Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group has set the industry abuzz.
Signing with Ross’s imprint has the young MC poised to take over the rap game—or so he believes. He sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to discuss a future that seems to have no limits—though many MCs before him with exceptional promise have crashed and burned.
“I got a multi-album deal, you can be expecting a lot of stuff coming from me in the next few years,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to talk about and a lot of life to experience. It’s real powerful. I feel like I’m ensured to take over the game real soon.”
The young MC, not lacking in confidence, credits artist like Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne for helping him mold his own unique style.
“I just realized, man, all the artists I really respect, they have something that makes them obviously different, whether it’s the beats that they use or the flows that they use. When I started out, that was what I tried to focus on, having my own sound and my own style so that when people hear the record, they know it’s a Rockie Fresh type thing.”
Rockie also pointed out his unique upbringing in Chicago as a critical component in his sound. “I’ve definitely been around the hood my whole life, so that gave me an appreciation for urban music. But then I had the opportunity to live in the suburbs and go to a really diverse high school, and it made me appreciate rock and alternative music. Instrumentally and emotionally, it causes me to go to a different place with it. I’m that more mellow, chill vibe in the Chicago scene.”