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K.ROCK$ SPEAKS ON MUSIC, DETROIT RAP, AND SUCCESS

Updated: 3 days ago

Westleaf Staff

What's up, Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise, where we interview upcoming hip-hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, K.ROCK$. K.ROCK$ represents Detroit, Michigan, and his gritty trap bars paint a vivid picture of his Detroit lifestyle. K.ROCK$ is gaining buzz in his town, so we had to tap in with him! Check out the interview below.

Westleaf Staff: What's up, ROCK$? Your style is dope. When did you start making music? K.ROCK$: Thank you, thank you. It all started in 2011. I was just joking & freestyling acapella in front of a group of classmates in high school. Their response is what made me realize I had talent. It was like a standing ovation moment. The cheers and the feeling I received while rapping gave me an undeniable rush. It was then that I realized I was a natural and should pursue a career in hip-hop. Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent? K.ROCK$: The westside of Detroit Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Detroit. So how did you create your stage name? K.ROCK$: Its funny because I couldn't come up with a name for the longest, then one day when recording in the studio with a couple of friends, The engineer asked what our stage names were, and my bro was like, "K.ROCK$." Since then, it's stuck with me. The name ROCKS2LIT is just a spinoff of K.ROCK$ because when I perform, it's always said to be a lit set filled with unmatched energy. Westleaf Staff: I think it's dope. So how did your early life shape your interest in music? K.ROCK$: Growing up, my pops were incarcerated, so my mom, older brother, and I moved from the west side of Detroit to Southern California. We had a bunch of ups and downs, but as a kid, I've never seemed to be affected by it. It was just what it was. We jumped from house to house and lived in cars, so in the end, all we had was each other. My older brother and I eventually moved in with our grandparents and stayed close. He was always into music and fashion, and I honestly looked up to him. We hung out with the same friends, so I began creating my own content. My mom always played music from artists like PAC and BIG to Ice Cube, Bone Thugs and Harmony, and anyone famous at the time. I would always play her CDs in a Walkman, so from there I fell in love with hip-hop.

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Westleaf Staff: So, who is your biggest musical influence? K.ROCK$: Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West. Ice Cube for how he spun from being a top MC to a big box office name in his films. Kanye for his overall influence in music and his spinoff success in fashion. Lil Wayne because he just embodied music as a whole and changed the whole game during his run. Westleaf Staff: Dope! Those are some legends! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far? K.ROCK$: Moving back to Detroit and watching the city rise and take over the industry. It has been an honor to be a part of this moment in history.

Westleaf Staff: So cool! So what makes you a unique artist? K.ROCK $: My flow and voice make me unique and help me to stand out. I guarantee anyone who hears me on a track will be like wow, who is that? Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you? K.ROCK$: Art is everything to me and is the highest form of an individual's expression. Whatever you like and create is your art. Everyone should take joy in what they make, no matter how big or small the project is.

Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?

K.ROCK$: Over the next few years, I see myself breaking down and setting new boundaries for my city. As a rage hip hop artist, I see the potential for us to get into the mainstream side of the music business. Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success this year! Before we go, describe music in three words. K.ROCK$: Motivational, inspiring, expressive. Follow K.ROCK$ : @ROCKS2LIT

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