If you haven’t heard the buzz yet, let it be known that Chicago native Rockie Fresh is quickly becoming your next favorite rapper. Only 20-years-old and starting his music career just a few years ago, this young up-and-comer is already one of the hottest independent artists in hip-hop.
With a unique sound that has deep urban undertones and an alternative rocker mentality, Rockie continues to break barriers and defy conventions. Working with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump to internet phenom Lil B, and with co-signs from the likes of new-age college rap sensations like Asher Roth and Kidz In The Hall, Rockie’s grassroots movement has every corner of the music world talking. From Complex Magazine to BroBible.com, The Source to MyspaceMusic, and BET to RockTheVote, Rockie is quickly taking the industry by storm.
Fresh’s debut mixtape “Rockie’s Modern Life” was released in December of 2009, quickly propelling him into Chicago stardom as fans and tastemakers across the city began echoing the name of a new hometown hero. Not sure what to expect, Rockie took to the stage for the very first time in his career at his own release show. To his surprise, he found himself in front of a sold out crowd of eagerly anticipating fans. From there he was propelled into the national spotlight as he 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.
Coming off of his newest project “The Otherside”, Rockie continues to outdo himself. As his sophomore release, “The Otherside” tallied over 15,000 downloads in it’s first week alone, and over 30,000 downloads to date. Presented by 2DopeBoyz.com and MTV Top DJ’s illWill & Rockstar, the project was deemed “one of the most impressive mixtapes to close out 2010” by The Smoking Section and one of the best mixtapes of the year by many, making Rockie Fresh one of the top emcees to look out for in 2011.
– National tour with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy
– Music featured on national CW television show Nikita
– “25 Hottest Artists Under 25” by Metromix (national)
– Featured on XXL, Complex, VIBE, The Source, & More
– Mentioned on Rollingstone.com & Billboard.com
– Over 250,000 views on YouTube
– Over 30,000 unique downloads of “The Otherside”
– One of BET’s newest Music Matters artists
“[Rockie Fresh is] the Derek Rose of rap Chi-Town has been waiting for”
– URB Magazine
“With songs like these, the young up-and-comer has a bright future ahead.”
– Complex Magazine
“In recent years, Chicago has had a few artists emerge and gain national recognition, and with ingenuity and style, 20-year-old upstart Rockie Fresh is ready to be next…”
– XXL Magazine
“Rockie Fresh has joined the Hip Hop war to stardom with the appropriate arsenal.
“the 20 year-old Chicago rapper is has a uniquely rock influenced sound that still exudes the rawness of hip-hop with a live band during his performances.”
“This 20-year-old Chicago MC isn’t a household name yet, but based on just a pair of mixtapes—“Rockie’s Modern Life” and “The Otherside,” plus a remix collection called “The Otherside Redux”—he’s already generated more buzz than any young up-and-comer this side of Wiz Khalifa. His preferred sound is very flavor-of-the-month—dark and melodic, taking more of its cues from alternative rock and electronica than traditional hip-hop—but what really amazes is his effortless flow, as cocky as Kanye and as intricate as Jay-Z.”
“Rockie Fresh has most definitely got next.”
– NBC Chicago
“Rockie Fresh teases us for months with bits and pieces of an upcoming project, and now he’s rewarding us with a holiday gift for all our patience. A dope ass mixtape. Fresh is resigned to the solitude that comes with progressing beyond his peers, and flawless production combined with monstrous gusto from the slick-spitting Chicagoan make this free mixtape feel like an organic work of art.”
– The Smoking Section
“one of Chicago’s finest,”