Rockie Fresh discusses his brand new tape, "Electric Highway," and his inspiration for it. He also talks about the MMG crew and advice from Rick Ross.
What's the inspiration behind 'Electric Highway'?
Iâm at a point in my lifeâIâm 21 right nowâand I'm seeing a lot things come to life pretty early but at the same time, I still have a lot of goals I want to reach. I feel like I'm on the road to my future. TheÂ Electric HighwayÂ title jumped out to me. It's something new that the government put in place for smart cars where they can charge their cars on the side of the road without going to gas stations, but that really doesnât apply to me. I just really like the title, what I can make out of it, the vibe that I can set for people and thatâs why I chose it.
Do you think the title accurately reflects the mixtape's meaning and content?Â
Based on my last project, people automatically expect more of a futuristic sound and I wanted to stick to that. But as far as the titleÂ Electric Highway, I wanted people to really listen to the music and kind of create what their own understanding of it is. The point of it was to give everybody the same conclusion which is that heâs at a point in his life where heâs trying to progress with certain things, heâs appreciative of what he has now and as human beings, I think we all reach that point where we're thankful forÂ certain things that we getÂ but then we always want more. And there's certain routes that we gotta take to get there. This mixtape is summing that process.
What knowledge has Rick Ross imparted on you? Does he helpÂ with your writing technique or beat selection?
He did a show at the University of Illinois and we was posted up in the hotel room and I always had this ability to freestyle, that's how I got into rap, just battling and playing around. But when I saw how he records when he was playing me tons of records that he worked on while on the road, he was just like, âThis shit ainât even finished, I just went in the booth and spoke.â The stuff he was saying, you could just tell it was so real to his life that he didn'tÂ have to write it. When I went back to the crib that's when I started recording most of the records forÂ Electric Highway. Using that format, it just made my music become more real and the content that youâre getting is straight from how I feel being a 21-year-old man right now. For Ross to be in the financial spot that heâs in, for him being the age that heâs at, for the amount of albums that he has and the fact that heâs still recording tons of records a week, it makes me wanna be like, âIf the big homie is doing that, Iâm going to do that times two now.â Thatâs really what it is.Â
Do you have specific plans to work with other MMG artistsâWale, Meek Mill, Stalley?
I think everybody sound is so different and the thing about music...itâs crazy because hip-hop, we break ourselves into these different little pieces like this person is this type of artist but at the end of day itâs all music. I respect everything that each member on MMG does, as far as their different styles and I feel like if I mix that with my style and my type of lyrical content it could be something beautiful for the people. So Iâm trying to work with everybody in the same amount.