Breakout: “Middle Finger”
Also Check: “Hold You Down (Remix)”
And: “Close To Me”
Name: Emilio Rojas
Reppin’: Rochester, New York/ Same Plate
My style and/or skills have been compared to: I’ve been compared to a lot of the greats; Em, Pun, Twista, Nas, Jay, Busta etc…I have a lot of different flows and touch on a wide variety of subject matter.
My standout records and/or moments have been: The homie Rick Ross reaching out and saying he fucked with my music is definitely a career highlight. I’ve always been a fan of Rozay, and MMG is killing shit right now—so him showing love and continuing to show love is major. This past year I’ve toured the world. I was just in Australia on tour with Wu Tang. That was ill. I got to be on stage with The Roots Band and drop a couple verses while they rocked Highline Ballroom in NYC…It’s crazy to sit and think about all the things I have done in the past 2 years…it is really humbling.
Standout records would be my verse on Laws’ “Hold You Down” Remix w Laws and Big K.R.I.T…. “Close to Me” (the video made MTV Suckerfree countdown… I’m proud of that – especially as an indie artist with no major funding or support, that was really big)…”Right to Stay;” that record was controversial… a lot of people didn’t understand the point I was making with the record and accused me of being racist against Latinos…but I am latino…I wanted that record to cause a conversation – I wanted to tell a fucked up story from someone else’s perspective and shock people into thinking about an issue that they too often ignore. The fact they got angry just means the record hit home.
I’m gonna change the game by: I don’t care about the game. At all. I’m going to make good music. Let the wealthy label heads and the people giving out the budgets worry about the game. That is not even a concern of mine. I’m going to cater to my fans and continue to grow my base. Let the game change around me and adapt to what I’m doing.
I’d Like to Work With: I’d like to work with Ross, Pharrell, Kanye, Jay, Em, Royce, Snoop, Andre 3000, Busta, Nas, Scarface, Bun B, 2Chainz… Mars Volta, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, Alan Greenspan… haha.. I’d also like to start a pizzeria… I guarantee I’d operate the illest fucking pizzeria… All cash business… report half my earnings… tell the IRS to go fuck themselves. G Shit.
My Goal in Hip-Hop is: My goal in hip-hop is to transcend it. I think that’s what is so special about this generation of artists. We grew up listening to and appreciating everything, so our music is so diverse and eclectic… hip-hop isn’t just beats and rhymes we bring in elements from so many things.
I’m gonna be the next: I’m not gonna be the next anything. First rapper from my city to pop. Watch. First Venezuelan to pop… Only Emilio Rojas… First male in my family to take care of his kids… people that are happy with being the next something don’t deserve a damn thing.
To check out more of my music go to: www.emiliorojasmusic.com and follow me on twitter @emiliorojas