“I’m busy makin’ moves, and the only time I fail is when I fail to lose.”
A few weeks ago Rockie Fresh was strolling the streets of a strangely desolate Chicago, solitary, unwanted, but unrelenting in his self-confidence. He successfully pulled off “lonely at the top” without being anywhere near the so-called top.
That attitude of entitlement lingers in the new cut, “Living,” but this time Mr. Fresh ditches the lonely Chicagoan visage. Just one fiery verse from Naledge reminds us that the Windy City is still a Hip-Hop metropolis full of pissed off deep thinkers who couldn’t care less about red suits and crowns. The whole project is glued together with a hook that’ll float around in your head long after your earbuds and eardrums part ways. There’s a strange paradox going on here, as the anthem-like quality makes the chorus invigorating while the overall tone remains chill, almost hypnotic. Fresh made immaculate use of his resources on this one, and churned out what I would call a “feel good” song. It feels good to know this dude actually has friends and a promising future.
Oh yeah, props to Phil Adé for closing the door nicely with a hilarious 50 Tyson.[audio:http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/03livingfeat.naledgephilade-prod.bythecartoonz.mp3%5D
Rockie’s upcoming mixtape Otherside, which drops on December 16th presented by 2DopeBoyz and produced entirely by The Cartoonz. For more info, check out his official site, Rockieml.com.