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brand new #beatrockmusic gear available tomorrow at my album release! i am snatching up the purple heather crew neck and of course, the #gangsteroflove tank & tee!!!!
Excerpt from my latest interview on my new album, Gangster of Love:
You started out in the industry as a writer but you crossed over to the artist side, can you tell us about that transition?
I will never be 100% exclusively one or the other because there are things I despise about both hustles. But creatively, I have more control over music and I’m not bound to a publication or institution bearing my byline. There’s definitely some ego involved – who wouldn’t want a bunch of people to be rapping your lyrics at your show? A lot of journalists need to just admit that they secretly want to be the one on stage.
Do you remember what motivated you to write your first rhyme?
I had a lot of homies that were banging growing up, so I was like a fake-ass crip because that’s who was reppin’ the neighborhood. I think that’s where I wrote my first gangster rap, when I was 11 in my Hello Kitty diary. I’ve been writing poetry my whole life, but that was the moment I thought I was hardcore. Needless to say, I never breathed a word until almost a decade later, which makes me think “Thank God there was no Twitter or IG back then”.
Glad to see that you reject the term “femcee”. Can you tell us about that?
It’s stupid. Hip Hop needs to grow up.
The production on here is great. Can you talk about some of the people you work with?
I was feeling uninspired musically for a long time, so the producers on the album gave me beats that brought back my inspiration. Faint, who produced “Ain’t No Way” was the first to break through that creative block and give me something to work with conceptually. A majority of the producers on GOL contributed to my first project, such as DexBeats, Sabzi, 6Fingers and Fatgums, and it felt very much like a Part 2 with them being involved. And a lot of the new producers I’ve worked with such as Justo, MTK, PM Beatz and Bhonstro created standout tracks that gave me that extra heat and replay-factor.
As my fans know, I’m all about great production. Tayo made “Wake Up”, which blew me away because I only know him to be a homie and rapper on my label, and I never knew he produced. I actually stole that beat from Bambu and Prometheus Brown.
Read the rest over at GUMSHIP
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that one time I was on a MTV reality show #tbt #imfromrollingstone #rollingstone #journalism #beenTREAL photo by @kirstinasang
Rocky Rivera - Wake Up
A little over a year ago, I presented you guys with a track by Bambu and mentioned closely related artist Rocky Rivera (and by closely, I mean the two tied the knot and have a kid together and are an all-around adorable family). This week, Rivera released Gangster of Love and I fell in love with it instantly. It gave me pangs of Arular-era M.I.A, which, if you remember my list of top albums, is pretty high praise. So if you can forgive my committing the cardinal sin of comparing female rappers, I think you should give Gangster of Love a listen. See you guys next week!
-Rocky Rivera, new album on Spotify full song here: Rocky Rivera – Wake Up
"lady of grace, like mary magdalene, pussy makin miracles, all the rest is ave-er-age, two words: Fuck You two more?: Pay Me"
11/21 @ The New Parish #GANGSTEROFLOVE - we will be performing the album, front to back! I’m giving y’all 3 weeks to memorize in hopes that I won’t have to rap shiet when I hit that stage! #rockyrivera
I have such talented friends! This one is by @ra_stablished inspired by #GangsterofLove #rockyrivera
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