Rockie Fresh is settling into his new home over at Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. On January 21, the 21-year-old will release his long-awaited mixtape Electric Highway under the MMG imprint. To celebrate the tape’s rollout, he will be performing at SOBs in New York City with TNGHT’s Lunice, adding fellow Chi-Town representatives Sasha Go Hard and Sir Michael Rocks to the line-up.
“Sasha is a new artist and she’s actually on Electric Highway too,” Fresh tells XXL. “I got a lot of respect for her sound. Me and her did a record and it is one of my favorites on the project.”
The “You A Lie” rapper also spoke highly of Mikey Rocks, who was selected to join him because he wanted to showcase his city’s up-and-coming talent.
“As far as with Mikey, me and him have been doing records together for a minute I was actually on his last mixtape, just due to the timing and things,” he said. “He wasn’t able to get anything done for Electric Highway, but that’s always been my homie. Just being able to do a show with my Chi-Town fam, it only feels right.”
For weeks, Rockie has been letting loose songs from Electric Highway. First, the Back to the Future-inspired “Nobody” debuted on 106 & Park. Afterwards, he shared his trap rap anthem “Superman OG” that features Lunice. He hopes to add one more song to the 18-track effort, possibly one produced by Boi-1da.
“You kind of get into those last minute moments when you are just recording some of your best stuff,” he said. “I started working on one of his tracks and ended up really finishing up idea for it and getting it into a real comfortable place.”
Others guest collaborations expected to appear on Electric Highway are Curren$y and the MMG head honcho, Rick Ross. But outside of those big names, Rockie has kept it within his team, specifically producer The Gift who helped make the tape sound cohesive.
Although Rockie has this batch of new songs to give away for free to the fans, he is already thinking ahead about his MMG album debut. He predicts that it will be narrative-driven and reflective of his life right now.
“I’ve been working with a lot of people from back home. Just really pushing them to make different sounds of music,” he said. “I really want to tell a lot of stories and really touch on things in my life that I haven’t really done on the mixtapes. The album is going to be a real movie-like reflection of how I see my whole 21-22 years, maybe at that time. It’s gonna be dope.”
Rockie Fresh and his guests are set to perform on January 23. For tickets, head over to Rockiefresh.com.—Eric Diep