News: "I Want To Win Several Grammys - So My Work Ethic Has Only Intensified"
Saturday, Sep 1, 2012 10:05PM
Freshly signed Maybach Music Group artist Rockie Fresh recently updated fans on the status of his new label situation and what is next for him as the newest addition to Rick Ross' growing empire.
Looking beyond financial stability, Fresh said he envisioned all the accolades most artists have come to desire as a member of Maybach Music Group.
"I mean, outside of the money, nothing, really. I'm still super hungry and I've got huge goals with rap," Fresh said when asked what has changed since joining MMG. "I really want to win several Grammys and things like that, so my work ethic has only intensified because I'm just one step closer to making that happen. Outside of that, I still stay in the same crib, hang out with the same people. I'm in Chicago walking right now as I'm talking to you. It's just a lot more people that know me. But my brand and the music that I make is about day-to-day life, living a regular life, and the struggles that come with that. I just want to keep myself in that element so I can stay relatable to the people that got me here. So, not too much has changed." (Pigeons & Planes)
In August, R&B veteran R. Kelly embraced hip-hop newcomers like Fresh and Chief Keef exploding into the spotlight.
"I feel really good that Chief Keef and all of those guys, those guys are from my hood, so I'm definitely proud of the fact that finally Chicago has got the light on 'em," Kells told MTV News when he paid us a visit in July. All of the hoopla surrounding his hometown has the R pretty excited about the future of Chi's music scene. "I guarantee that once these guys come up that light is never gonna go out," Kelly promised. "There's a lot of talent in Chicago, a whole lot of talent." (MTV)
A month prior, Ricky Rozay spoke on getting familiar with Fresh's background before offering him a record deal.
"I had heard some of his music but I never got to put a face with the voice and the name," Ross said when asked about Fresh. "I stayed up a couple nights and Googled basically all of his videos. ... I was just a fan at that point. I was loving how homie was coming across -- he just kept everything so simple and straight forward and just had dope lyrics and dope hooks and concepts, so I flew him out, we kicked it and he went back home and you know, of course everything else went to work." ("The Bootleg Kev Show")
The young emcee recently admitted he had other deals other than Maybach Music Group's offered to him.
"It was a crazy feeling man....I honestly did have good amount of offers on the table," Rockie explained. "Even though my situation is kinda under the radar, a lot of people took interest in the music from an industry point of view. I had some good looks, but nothing felt as real as the MMG situation. "Knowing how Ross is, being able to be around him, he's probably one of the best dudes to be working for," the Chi-town native added. "He makes it more so feel like you are working with him. It's one of those situations that felt real good to me. I feel we gonna make a lot of bread together down the line." (XXL Mag)
Check out some recent Rockie Fresh footage below: