For most of us, 106 & Park fell off the radar when YouTube came into existence (or maybe when Jin wrapped up Freestyle Friday). If there's any reason left to watch the show, it's for Rocsi. Ah, yes, Rocsi. The 25-year-old TV personality, who stepped in the arena as a radio DJ, has quickly climbed up the industry ladder, and become a household name (at least to teenagers) nationwide. Along with her co-host, Terrence J, she was recently overseas in Japan to promote 106 & Park Japan, which will air on MTV Japan. Now, fresh off her Far East trip, we got a chance to talk to the N'awlins representative regarding Kanye vs. 50, comfort food, and childhood crushes. Read on, and you'll forget about Free even more.
Interview by Jaeki Cho
#1: WHAT'S THE NUMBER ONE DEAL-BREAKER FOR A POTENTIAL BOYFRIEND?
Rocsi says: A show-off. Somebody who's flashy, and sees me as a trophy.
Complex: So no rappers?
Rocsi says: Oh, definitely not. They're great as friends, and they're great party buddies. If you want a bottle? Go sit at their table. [Laughs.] I won't discriminate or be judgmental to the whole crew, but I have yet to meet one who's a hubby material.
#2: WHAT TYPE OF FOOTWEAR WOULD MAKE YOU COMPLETELY DISMISS A MAN AS A POTENTIAL HOOK-UP?
Rocsi says: Well, first of all, if you have dirty Dunks, or dirty Air Force 1s, that's a no no. I firmly believe you don't purchase something if you don't know how to take care of it. White Air Force 1s don't have that much lifespan. If you don't have the money to continue buying white Air Force 1s then buy Adidas Shelltoes, they last longer. And the whole '80s look? Those Pumps? That has to stay back in the '80s. I don't like the retro look. That doesn't turn me on.
#3: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD OR HANGOVER REMEDY?
Rocsi says: My comfort food would be spaghetti. I don't eat meat or chicken, but I still eat turkey and fish. I'm from New Orleans so...[laughs]. I'll do the Filet-O-Fish value meal any day. For some reason, I believe it's real fish.
#4: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RAP ALBUM?
Rocsi says: I think 808s & Heartbreak was like an evolution of hip-hop. And it started a lot of trying-different-things trend. Not saying it wasn't done before, but many have tried, and not succeeded. But Kanye did it, and has this I-don't-give-a-rat's-ass attitude. I love that album. I mean I was on Get Rich or Die Tryin', which was another album that did phenomenal things.
Complex: Since you mentioned Kanye and 50...
Rocsi says: I can't answer this question because I got in trouble already. [Laughs.] But I could say this: 50 makes the best workout music for me, while Kanye's music is more lyrics-driven.
Complex: But who makes better baby-making music?
Rocsi says: I'll have to say 50. Because he makes them thug love songs, and every girl wants to be with a gangster. At that point you're not looking at Kanye, you're like, "Damn, them Air Force 1s, and sweats are great!" [Laughs.]
#5: WHAT'S THE MOST EFFECTIVE APHRODISIAC FOR YOU?
Rocsi says: Red wine. Oh, actually, I've had this pineapple and chocolate fondue, and it was so good.
#6: WHO'S A CHILDHOOD CRUSH YOU CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAD?
Rocsi says: Joey from New Kids on the Block. [Laughs.] Because he had curly hair, pretty eyes, and he was just so dreamy. I had the pillows, and comforters. And Leonardo DiCaprio...it was bad when he came out in Titanic
#7: WHO'S YOUR WOMAN CRUSH?
Rocsi says: I mean, this is going to be so blown out of the water...Rihanna. When she cut her hair? It just did something completely different for her. She's tall, she's beautiful---completely gorgeous. I love her "fuck you" attitude.