July 12, 2012 |
Fresh off of his announcement that he's signed with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, Chicago-rapper Rockie Fresh has no time to celebrate, as he's planning to hit the studio right away to work on his first album. The past few months have been a whirlwind for the 21-year-old Chicago-native, who went from meeting Rick Ross to being signed to his label in the span of two months. He did take the time to talk to RedEye about his plans for his first project, a new tour, whether he'll collaborate with any of his MMG label mates and his relationship with other emerging Chicago rap...
January 14, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) While a different, more controversial brand of Chicago hip-hop was on the rise last summer, local MC Rockie Fresh had already ascended, signing to Rick Ross's major-label imprint Maybach Music Group. It happened without the fanfare that usually accompanies such an event, and the Ross-assisted remix of Rockie's "You a Lie" solidified what seemed like an awkward sonic fit at first. The Chicago rapper's first project since the signing is the upcoming mixtape "Electric Highway," and today we hear the...
March 3, 2014 |
Album review: Rick Ross, “Mastermind” **1/2 (out of 4) By now, Rick Ross fans know that enjoying the flashy rapper means focusing on the details of his stories, not wondering if his larger-than-life boasts about making huge gains in the drug game come from actual life experience. He spent years denying accusations that he spent time as a South Florida correctional officer, eventually and quietly confirming those reports without providing any evidence that his recorded material is anything but an...
October 29, 2012 |
*** (out of four) In the first verse on his debut album “Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill notes that he “did it without an album.” Indeed, by one measurement Meek Mill is the most successful rapper currently working: His “Dreamchasers 2” mixtape, released earlier this year, holds the record for the most downloads ever from free mixtape site Datpiff at well over 3 million. By all traditional metrics, Meek Mill is a pure genre artist with relatively little crossover appeal.
November 12, 2012 |
2012 has certainly been Chief Keef's year: the 17-year-old Chicago emcee was freed from prison, dropped "Don't Like," was remixed by Kanye, performed at Lolla, tweeted in bad taste over a rival rapper's death, Instagrammed oral sex, signed to a major label and is getting his own Beats by Keef headphones. And he's also going to release a real album with music. That's assuming his "Finally Rich" album from Interscope doesn't get pushed back from its Dec. 18 release date, which has pretty much become the standard for most rap albums anymore.
January 3, 2014 |
If you're still getting back on the grid after your holiday, you may have missed a few things music-realted. Let's catch you up! Drake dropped not one, but TWO new songs. Maybe he got hyped watching all the bowl games? We don't know. He liberated the two tracks "We Made It Freestyle (feat. Soulja Boy)" and "Trophies" over the past six days. Listen to them below. (Heads up: "Trophies" should be the song you play when you win your softball championship this year.) Rick Ross got sued, then...