Now when you think of MMG, what pops into your mind is Rozay, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Gunplay, even Omarion, but few people bring up the name Rockie Fresh.
Even when you think of Chicago rap, names such as Kanye, Lupe or Common come up, nowadays it’s Chief Keef and Lil Durk. The 21 year old Chicago rapper who recently signed with the label has been grinding by touring with his MMG counterparts Wale, Meek and dropping tapes such as the acclaimed tape Driving 88 and The Otherside which gained him a lot of buzz on the underground scene.
His newest tape Electric Highway, shows growth from his previous tapes but still keeps that distinct sound which caught the ear of Ross. Now in case you have not been up on Rockie’s material, this mixtape is a continuation of Driving 88 in terms of the ‘Back to the Future’ concept with sound bites from the movies, and his signature style which is that alternative feel. The use of auto-tune/other voice enhancers exhibit a smooth flow and delivery.
The tape starts with a sample of the DeLorean commercial from the movie and it transitions into a positive anthem called “The Future” about how his life has changed since Driving 88 and how he still needs to improve in the feature. On songs such as “The Light” and “Superman OG”, he goes off the typical rap path and uses his alternative feel to draw you into a new sound which is why he stands out. Other songs like “Life Long” featuring label head Rick Ross and former XXL freshman Nipsey Hussle is the story of living a long and prosperous life and with Boi-1da on the beat; this song is of the tape’s best. Songs like “Hold Me Down”, “Ride Slow”, and “Roll Up Right Now” featuring Curren$y give that smooth flow that also brings out some of the best in Rockie.
Those songs also show how this tape is not as lyrical like his previous projects but the vibe is still there. You get the feeling that signing to a major label won’t change him, and that’s comforting of sort, considering that you’re a fan and you care enough. In a nutshell, Electric Highway is definitely a beginning for whom people may see as the sleeper on Maybach Music.
Written By: Jerrell Leeper (@DapperJ)