Maybach Music Group’s latest signee Rockie Fresh recently discussed how much spotlight his Chicago hometown has received as of late and why it is time for the Windy City to keep on shining.
Asked to describe Chi-Town, Fresh said the city carries with it a facet of both success and determination.
“I just feel like I make that real music, chill music that’s more reflective. I’ve been doing my style of work before a lot of these guys started popping and it’s just real dope to see different sides of the music come up. It shows that we represent everything that Chicago is about,” Fresh said in an interview. “Chicago has its hoods, Chicago has its nice parts. Chicago has those people in the streets and it has those people that made it out. I know people that were around that and didn’t get into it, so we’re all representing what Chicago is about right now. I just feel like I’ve got that south suburban, young, college student type of vibe. That’s what I represent: the young, hungry individuals.” (Pigeons & Planes)
He also weighed in on the recent music buzz surrounding Chicago.
“I feel like everyone is really getting what they deserve right now. Slowly but surely. And that’s even with me and my own career; I may have felt that I should have been getting more recognition outside of Chicago sooner than I did. But God works in his own way, and I think we would all be ungrateful if we weren’t thankful for the progress we are making as a city. All the faces that are getting on right now are the ones that are supposed to be getting on right now, and the ones that are not, their time is going to come and keep making the city bigger and better.” (Pigeons & Planes)
Recently, Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco gave his thoughts on newcomers like Fresh and Chief Keef blowing up in his hometown.
“I don’t know too much about Rockie Fresh — Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents, specifically in Chicago,” Lupe said when asked for his take on Chi-Town newcomers. “And I don’t speak this about any other city because I’m not from there. But like my family lives in Chicago. So my nephews, my cousins, my friends, and my peoples they all in those hoods that he represents. When you drive through Chicago the hoodlums, I don’t want to call Chief Keef a hoodlum, but ‘the’ hoodlums, the gangsters, and the ones you see killing each other — the murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who’s doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef.” (#Rap Attack)
Windy City videographer A Zae recently talked to SOHH about the town’s violent perception.
“As far as the music — it’s entertainment. As far as the violence that goes on in Chicago happens in every city, but because of everything that’s going on in Chicago they tryna bring the music down because there’s more attention on us right now. But as far as artists, there really ain’t no beef. For the most part, the people that are really out there in Chicago like King Louie, Chief Keef, Lil Reese … it’s like they all work together. There’s certain groups and cliques, but everybody works with their own people.” (SOHH Singled Out)
Check out some recent Rockie Fresh footage below: