Rockie Fresh: “Diddy’s respect for it was crazy. That actually helped me out as an artist just to see someone at that caliber really break down my project to me. He did. And of course, my big homies Patrick Stump and Good Charlotte. Those dudes, they had a big role in kind of crafting it and they didn’t really know. I was just out working with them a lot in L.A. and just a lot of the quality that I was around. It was a lot different than from what I was around in Chicago. It just gave me a higher quality thought process when it came to making music.
“Yeah, so all of those dudes. When it was finished, whether it was like Good Charlotte and Patrick who heard it right when it was done or Ross and Diddy who heard it four-five months later. The response to it was real consistent. And everybody understood that I am trying to do something different while still being myself. The fact that I got that point across gave me a lot of momentum going into Electric Highway and really crafted that. And not really switching my sound up.
These dudes they’ve experienced the top of the industry and they are all happy. They got their love lives, they got their kids. It's a positive look in the music industry that a lot of young people don’t get.
“I mean because I’ve been rapping for such a short amount of time, it’s me testing my endurance and my actual natural talent in a situation. When I first recorded with them, it was a real organic thing. But also, the songs that I made I went straight off the top and knocked out a bunch of records with them. It was something where it was going to be like, ‘Man, this kid naturally has it.’ Or it’s one of them things where it’s like, ‘You need to take more time with this.’ So it was [me] testing my natural ability when I worked with them. And the response from them, they were blown away. ‘You came up with quality stuff from just naturally rapping in front of a mic.’
“With that also the conversation they gave me too. These dudes they’ve experienced the top of the industry and they are all happy. They got their love lives, they got their kids. It's a positive look in the music industry that a lot of young people don’t get. We are always told, ‘Nah, this is a bad situation.’ But with them and even with Ross, just their positive attitudes, it helps me be more confident and real with the music. You see the real relief from it. And how happy they are as men. It’s dope.”