Early yesterday, it was announced that Rockie Fresh had inked a deal to become the newest member of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. It came as a surprise to some, who either weren't totally familiar with the Chicago MC, or were expecting MMG's next acquisition to be rumored rappers like Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, or Emilio Rojas. But Rockie didn't just pop up out of nowhere. The early-twenties rhymer has been selling out shows in his home city for some time now, steadily building an independent following while weighing offers from major labels. His most recent mixtape, January's Driving 88, helped bring his sound to a wider audience. One of those audience members was Rick Ross, who was impressed enough to sign Rockie to his crew. Here, the laid-back rhymer takes XXL through the steps leading up to his signing with MMG.
I dropped the video for the intro to Driving 88, “Into the Future.” Spiff, one of Ross’ right hand men—he do all his videos and shit—he had saw the video, and he had hit me up on DM. We got to talking back and forth, and he asked me was I signed. At that time, I was taking meetings from a couple of the majors, but it wasn’t anything I was too comfortable with, so I informed him of that. The next day he hit me up like, "Man, I played it for Ross and he really wants to meet up with you."
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