Singled Out: "I Told Chamillionaire That I Wanted [To Work] W/ Him, Something Really Unexpected"
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 4:25PM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After former Diddy-Dirty Money artist Kaleena explained what makes her "Go To Work", Chicago newcomer Rockie Fresh describes his hip-hop "Breakthrough" and collaborating with Houston spitter Chamillionaire.]
I sorta stumbled into the rap game.
When I was a kid, music wasn't something I planned on doing. I didn't plan on becoming a rapper, but I started listening to music seriously around 8th grade. By the time I was 16 I was freestyling with my friends.
For me, the first song that I really heard that made me want to create my own music was "Through the Wire" by Kanye West. It was a storytelling record and you kinda got to look at a regular person's life and their road to success, that was cool because at that time, there was alotta gangsta rap going on that I didn't really relate to. I just wasn't that type of guy.
It doesn't take me a long time to record, I try to focus on my life and putting it down in the realest way possible. I recorded "Breakthrough" earlier this year while I was out in L.A. for the very first time. I was really experiencing a lot of new things, from getting an inside look at how the industry really works to recording in one of the dopest studios I had ever been in at that point in my life, those experiences made it really easy for me to create this song.
Chamillionaire and I have a mutual friend that re-tweeted [a hyperlink to my project], he told Cham to check it out and liked it a lot. I told him that I wanted to get some work in with him, but I was looking for something really unexpected. I did a track and left the hook open and we sent it to Chamillionaire. He laid the hook, put a verse at the end and I really love the way he handled the record.
I'm super-pleased with the track, I was surprised with the melody that Chamillionaire chose to go with, but it came out dope.
Rockie Fresh is an up-and-coming spitter from Chicago, Illinois. Since dropping his first mixtape in late 2009, has earned performances at SXSW, CMJ, A3C Music Festival, and Bamboozle, and opened
for Rick Ross, Big Sean, The Cool Kids, Twista, Chip Tha Ripper,
Patrick Stump, and more across the country. Rocky is scheduled to perform at the University of Vermont on December 2 with Pusha T. His latest project, titled The Otherside, is available for free download now.
Check out "Breakthrough" Below: