Rockie Fresh: “It’s just instrumentation and emotion. I like alternative rock. Real smooth stuff. On those records, a lot of times they won’t be yelling, they won’t be jumping around when they be performing or none of that. They just really trying to get their message across. With me being a chill dude, that’s how I like to get my message across. I meet a lot of people that be asking me like, ‘Why don’t I be turnt up or why I don’t be jumping around on stage crowd surfing.’ Honestly, that’s just not me. When I started making music that wasn’t the point of it to be that guy. I really wanted to relate to the people so when I perform and do things that I wanted it to be more of a connection with the music and the message versus the actual swag of the situation.

 

I really wanted to relate to the people so when I perform and do things that I wanted it to be more of a connection with the music and the message versus the actual swag of the situation.

 

“I learned that from alternative rock. When you watch the videos, they just wearing plain T-shirts and blue jeans, sitting in the crib and they working to get a message across. And even the instrumentation, I love guitars. I love live instruments and adding that to the music as well is something I gain from listening to that music.

“Fall Out Boy were able to touch rap in a way that was game-changing in a sense. The cross over records, they did a lot for that type of music. I like John Mayer a lot too. Just the way he smoothly gets his point across. He has a lot of metaphors and things like that that are real visual versus regular things that most people and rappers talk about. That’s something that I gained from him. I like Paramore. I like the emotion and the storytelling in their records. It’s just a lot about the message that I gained from listening to that kind of music that I don’t get when I listen to rap a lot of times. Moreso, the new school. I don’t get that same feeling. I want to be able to provide that for my generation so that’s why I listen to it.

“That goes with me talking about the street life as well. In the city that I am from that is just so relevant. It’s so much killing. It’s so much gangbanging going on or whatever you want to call it. With that, it would be kind of snobbish of me to ignore how real that is. I just feel like the way that I talk about it has to be, one, it’s real to my perspective of it. And two, it’s real meticulous to the point that it can actually reach to the kids that can actually help.

“That’s just one thing that I feel about alternative rock as well. They kind of pitch their message in a way that reach a certain audience. Whether it’s kids overseas that are dealing with hunger or whatever, it’s something that’s really well thought. That’s what I want to do with my sound. Anything that I am talking about, be it fashion, be it the streets, be it drugs, be it girls, I want it to be so real and so well thought that it’s like actually serving a purpose.”