Another new clip from Rockie Fresh‘s Driving 88 mixtape mixtape has posted online, this time for the track “Into The Future.” The video carries on the mixtapes’ Back To The Future theme, with a healthy focus on the Delorean from the Driving 88 artwork. Find that treatment below, following a stream and download of the track, and followed by the artists’ CVU podcast interview conducted around the release of Driving 88. And keep an eye out for “You A Lie” as a likely contender for the MC’s next clip.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Rockie Fresh!
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Rockie Fresh! In a condensed podcast recorded at The Music Garage, the Chicago MC reflects on his recent press, explains the significance behind the title of his brand new mixtape, Driving 88, and discusses the increased sense of confidence on the effort. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by its companion video. And find a download link for Driving 88 above the podcasts, with the videos for the effort’s “How We Do (Feat. King Louie)” and “No Fear” below. Catch Rockie Fresh live on Thursday, January 26th at Reggie’s.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
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Tomorrow night, Friday, November 11th, a power trio of Chicago artists come home for a quality triple bill when Patrick Stump, Rockie Fresh, and Mark Rose play Metro. (Tickets for the event are still available.)
Opening the evening is singer songwriter Mark Rose. A fitting selection, given his experience crafting a sonically expansive solo career following his time fronting a beloved pop punk band from Chicago. Like Stump, Rose’s current material deviates from the VFW hall soundtracks of his last act, instead showcasing a steady maturation in his work. Sample Roses’ latest effort, Wonderful Trouble, with the cinematic video for “Watch The Water Dry” below, immediately following the singer-songwriter’s recent CVU podcast interview.
Coming off last week’s listening party for his forthcoming mixtape Driving 88, support artist Rockie Fresh is seemingly everywhere as of late. Making the rounds on the local and national circuit, the rapper just recently collaborated with hometown MC YP, and will also appear on the upcoming mixtape release from the Madden Brothers of Good Charlotte. While a drop date for Fresh’s own Driving 88 release has yet to be announced, “No Fear,” the first single from the effort, can be heard below.
Closing out the night is Patrick Stump, who returns to Chicago after last performing here at this past summer’s Lollapalooza. Since then, Stump’s debut full length solo effort, Soul Punk, has seen release, making tomorrow’s event the hometown crowd’s first chance to go in knowing the evening’s material. Though the record differs from Stump’s work in Fall Out Boy, the funk-pop album is no less infectious than that group’s strongest material. Sample live performances of Soul Punk selections below, including acoustic versions of “Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers),” “Everybody Wants Somebody,” “This City,” and “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia),” following two Vevo interview segments and capped by Stump’s cover of Big Boi‘s “Shutterbug” and Kanye West medley.
Tonight, Friday, November 4th, at River North lifestyle boutique Leaders 1354, Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh will be hosting a listening party for his upcoming mixtape release, Driving 88. It was a year ago this month at the same location that the MC held a listening event for his winter 2010 effort The Otherside, though considering the high-profile year Fresh has had in 2011, it might be wise to show up prior to the free event’s 7PM start time. Get a head start on new Rockie Fresh cuts by clicking through to Hip Hop DX for Driving 88 selection “Doesn’t Matter” and compilation cut “Spotlight.” Or, click on the song link below to get to a download page for the rapper’s collaboration with fellow hometown MC YP, entitled “Insane,” followed by the Karma Loop TV Day In The Life segment with Rockie Fresh. And catch Fresh live when he once again opens for Patrick Stump one week from tonight, Friday, November 11th at The Metro, in addition Chicago singer-songwriter Mark Rose.
Chicago MC Rockie Fresh has dropped a video for his brand new single “No Fear,” the soulful and haunting first track to surface from the artist’s forthcoming Driving 88 release, set for fall release. That video, an Elephilms creation with track production from The Gift of The Cartoonz, can be seen below.
Fresh also recently released another new track entitled “Breakthrough,” which features Chamillionaireonline. Stream that track in the player below, or enter an email in the bottom field for a free download.
Elephilms have posted a trailer for the Rockie Fresh cut “No Fear.” The trailer finds the MC, who is currently out on a run of U.S. dates with Patrick Stump, walking backwards, and fades out just as the song starts to lifts off. Watch the “No Fear” trailer below, immediately following a Purevolume/Rock The Vote interview with the rapper recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel during the weekend of Lollaplooza.
Following months of song previews and build up, Rockie Fresh has dropped The Otherside Redux, the long-touted sequel to his winter 2010 mixtape effort The Otherside. The collection features new productions as well as collaborations and remixes of Otherside cuts, and can be streamed or downloaded below.
Rockie Fresh has been keeping busy as of late, with his recent “Sofa King Cole [Redux]” and “Sour” tracks recently going up for download, as well as his brand new “Duckin N Dodgin” collaboration with Casey Veggies, seen below.
Now, a new track, titled “We Good,” has hit the web in advance of the rapper’s The Otherside Redux effort dropping at the end of this month on July 27th. Stream or download that cut below, followed by a recap video from Fresh’s recent Music Dealers showcase performance.
Chicago MC Rockie Fresh has posted a new track entitled “Sour,” which finds him adopting a bit of a harder and more up tempo delivery than on previous material. The song is a standalone, not found on the rapper’s forthcoming The Otherside Redux effort, which will see release on July 27th. Stream or download “Sour” via the players below.
A new remix video from Chicago MC Rockie Fresh has hit the web in advance of the artist’s forthcoming remix mixtape, The Otherside Redux, which drops later this month on June 29th. Catch that hard-toned “Sofa King Cole [Redux]” below via the YouTube player, and watch for more on The Otherside Redux right here at CVU!