Rockie Fresh: “Spliff TV showed Rick Ross the “Into The Future” video. That’s how it started. It’s crazy. Just even with that video I am so hard on myself, I be looking at that stuff and I be getting disappointed. ‘Man, I don’t like the way that looks. I don’t think I look cool in this shot.’ But when I heard the way Ross respected the video, I was like, ‘Alright, maybe I need to trust myself a little bit more.’ When you young like this and working in these type of conditions, it makes you really have to think things through.
“Now, I do that less. There has to be a point in a man’s life where you have to trust yourself and the decisions you make. So I am getting to that point. Just prior to that, I was really second guessing a lot that I did. Just because the way the progression was going I just didn’t know if it was on track to where I really wanted to go. That video was a huge step for me, even if it didn’t get the views that I wanted, it got into the right hands So it was cool.
When I heard the way Ross respected the ["Into The Future"] video, I was like, ‘Alright, maybe I need to trust myself a little bit more.’ When you young like this and working in these type of conditions, it makes you really have to think things through
“His first reaction was like, ‘My little nigga Rocky, what’s good?’ I was like, ‘Man, this is already going to be cool.’ Then he was like, ‘What was your motivation?’ I told him and he was like, ‘Man, that’s the same way for me.’ I was like, ‘Alright, that’s dope.’ So we are already relating. Then we started talking about music. He started telling me records he like off Driving 88. It was one of things where he was like, ‘You know, you are a fly little dude. I see your videos. I see you with the kicks all that. So, tomorrow, you are going shopping with the boss.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’
“He took me to Flight Club the next day. We went to the “Take It To The Head” video shoot that night. He introduced me to Lil Wayne, Birdman, Busta Rhymes. It was one of them moments where it was like, ‘Man, this is too much.’ I honestly didn’t think he was gonna sign me because he made a comment, ‘There’s a lot of people that are gonna try and sign you. You got to learn how to navigate through the business.’ When he told me that I was like, ‘Aw, man. Ross just flew me out here just to kick it.’ Which was cool because I got to meet the artists I dreamed about. It was just one of them things where I didn’t know how real it was.
“Then, Diddy came along too and he’s, you know, that’s Diddy. It’s one of them things whatever he say, whenever he want to talk to you, you definitely got to give it a shot. I did the meetings with Diddy. I actually went to both of his houses. His house in LA and his house in New York. It was super personal. It was real smooth. It was a tough decision. But, my heart just lead me to the direction of MMG. I’m super happy about that.
“It wasn’t like the vibe at Bad Boy felt bad either. It was just a connection that it had time to get that way. I had met Diddy a little bit after Ross. It was just one of those things where it was like, ‘Man, you know, this is dope too.’ It was tough, but MMG just felt right. I saw what Meek and Wale were able to do off of their situation. And Stalley, the fact that Rick Ross lets him be himself. Even with the addition to Omarion, just him being able to see how that’s been official despite being criticized for that. Him just riding with his guys. Gunplay, who has been around forever, he’s becoming his own movement now. I was like, ‘Man, this is like some new Roc-A-Fella type stuff.’ This is the new dream team and I want to be a part of it.”