Rockie Fresh: I am influenced by Kanye West, Common, and Lupe Fiasco by just them being comfortable. I was young as hell when they dropped their albums. I was like 7th or 8th grade. So it was one of them things where a young person at that age, you want to do something different. But sometimes, you kind of need that guideline, that picture where you can say, ‘Alright, cool. This is not only something that’s different, but something that’s different and it won.’ And because their projects won and Kanye was able to get those Grammys and those sales.
I feel like me and the producers are really honing in on creating our own sound. I feel like if people give it time, it’s going to be something that’s really changing the game.
“Now, people are saying that College Dropout was one of the best rap albums ever. I was like, ‘Alright cool.’ This is somebody who did it the correct way. I don’t have to necessarily do it like [how] they do it. Same thing with Lupe, he’s different than Kanye. And Common is different from them two as well. Man, I just want to be myself and be so comfortable with me that it just comes out and people gotta respect it.
“I just like the way they pushed the envelope. They always tried to do different stuff. To be honest, I’ve been listening to less of them now that I actually gotten a fanbase and stuff like that because I really want people … like I said I want to be comfortable with me and trust myself. You know, coming up with different flow patterns and different ways to create.
"I feel like I’ve only been making music for four years as far as actually recording it. In that short time, I feel like me and the producers are really honing in on creating our own sound. I feel like if people give it time, it’s going to be something that’s really changing the game. I’m 21 now. I got a lot of stuff to learn but at the same time, I just got my deal. I got resources that can really help paint my picture in a better way that I didn’t have before.”